If you attend a seminar in advanced economies, the chances are you will hear terms specifically related to that field. You should expect the same if you go to a motocross competition for the first time. Each sport, industry, and field have terms only used in that area.
In this article, we are focusing on terminology that you might hear at a bike course. Check out these basic terms and upgrade your knowledge so that nothing can surprise you the next time you head to a track.
While riding your dirt bike, you probably won’t be alone on the track. If there is a rider in front of and they accelerate, the dirt may start flying around and end up on your helmet or equipment. The bikers would say that you got roosted in this situation.
Roosting is quite uncomfortable for its victims. It can even be hurtful if the rider in front of you manages to lift some rocks and hit you with them. But it’s your pride that will suffer the biggest blow. If you are smart enough, you can use this event to motivate yourself and get your revenge by passing the rider and doing the same to them.
You may be familiar with this term because it is also used in athletics, formula 1, and other racing events. DNF is an abbreviation that stands for “did not finish.” It is not something that you want happening to you because it is not pleasant to see those letters next to your name on the scoreboard.
The reasons for not ending the race may range from your motorcycle breaking down to an accident happening and resulting in an injury that doesn’t allow you to finish the course. The latter can be particularly dangers because falls and other mishaps can leave you recovering for weeks after the race. Not to mention that you will have to visit a dirt bike shop to buy replacement parts or a new vehicle.
While we are there, let’s mention LCQ. This abbreviation stands for a “last chance qualifier,” but you won’t see it that often. LCQ is, however, common at big events that involve a large number of riders.
Here is an interesting term used during the motocross races. It happens when a rider has a crash that is severe enough for the parts of the bike to de-attach and start flying all over the course. If you come across that, you will encounter a “yard sale.” The term is suitable because various parts remind of those sales you may have visited in your neighborhood.
Squid is another term you can hear at motorcycle courses. If you notice a newbie on a track, and a rider who is having problems handling the course, the chances are you will call him a squid. The term is short for a “squirrely kid,” and it is a nice description of these riders.
Squids probably won’t have any chance at crossing the finishing line first even if they have the latest dirt bike products and accessories. However, they are the best choice for entertaining the audience. The people watching the race will laugh at their efforts to tackle hills, and jumps might be particularly hilarious, especially if the squid ends up falling off the bike.
A course can be enjoyable to ride, but also challenging at times. The conditions might depend on the weather and how well the staff has been maintaining the track. If rain was falling recently, parts of the course might be “rutted out.”
We use this motorcycle term to describe spots with, particularly soft dirt. That may create ruts, which may create a problem if you don’t have any experience in handling this type of surface. Additionally, if you don’t recognize a rut, you can lose precious time that can affect your final ranking.
Whether you are a squid, or a rut caused you to fall off the bike, that may lead to becoming a lapper. These guys are those who are behind the leader at least a lap. It can happen if you end up on the ground, and you need time to continue the race. In some cases, it may be inexperience or participating in a race against more experienced drivers. Either way, the moment the leader goes past you, you get the title of a “lapper.”
If you ask experienced riders which part of the race is the most important, the majority would tell you the start can determine the entire outcome. That is why everyone will give their best the moment the gate drops.
A holeshot is an unofficial “award” that you get if you are the first rider to reach the first turn. It might not mean anything, but it can also give you a boost that you might need for the rest of the race.
The whip is a term that’s reserved for skillful riders that know how to control their bike. While the motorcycle in the air, the rider should “whip” it to one side or the other. The direction is up to them because it looks equally impressive.
However, it takes a lot of skill and the right timing to perform the whip. The rider will usually do it as soon as they leave the ground. That way, they have enough time to return to normal position and land safely.
Experienced riders may pull off a scrub when jumping. This move involves staying low while jumping, and its main benefit involves shortening your lap time. The logic is simple – low trajectory means you don’t spend as much time in the air. That can be important to get closer to other riders and improve your position.
Unlike squids who feel like they ended up in the big league without a reasonable explanation, sandbaggers take a different approach. These riders choose to compete with riders who don’t have the skills nearly as good as theirs.
If you have several years of experience in dirt bike riding and you are competing with beginners that only participated in a couple of races, you are a sandbagger. You could call yourself a favorite in the race, but some would say that you are not playing fair.