It was Cole Seely's night at the Anaheim 2 round of supercross on Saturday. After two straight weeks of leading nearly every moto only to lose it near the end of the race, Seely finally lit the candles in the 250 main to grab his first win of 2014.
Winning in SX is no small feat. In fact, most of the world will never know what exactly goes in to doing it. But thanks to the internet, your favorite energy drink, and Mr. Seely, you just might be able to put yourself on the top step of the winner's box:
1. Learn the rhythm sections, and learn them quickly.
Take a look at Cole right here. Early on in practice, he's dialed in. In SX, riders get only three practice sessions: one 8-minute free practice, followed by two 10-minute qualifying runs. Considering these tracks are the scariest thing since Paranormal Activity, that is not a lot of time. Study the track and learn it quickly. The earlier you're hitting everything you want to hit, the more comfortable you'll be.
2. Eat some food during the day.
Battle lies ahead, and your body needs to be nourished. Make sure it's fueled up before the night show begins, because once it's game time, you won't want to be eating a three-course meal.
3. Be cool to the fans in the pits, they'll cheer louder for you.
The power of thousands of potentially-inebriated fans screaming your name is no joke. Keep them happy and it will pay dividends later on in the night.
4. Focus on your starts.
This is one of the most important parts of the race. Stay low, feather the clutch, and stay aggressive; these guys are the best in the world, they won't budge unless you make them.
5. Ride the race in front of you.
What's going on behind you is not important -- it means nothing. Your race is ahead of you, and that's where your mind needs to be at.
Have your whoops strategy totally dialed. Be it skim, rhythm, or a weird hybrid game, just have it locked. Whoops can be a make-or-break feature in SX.
7. Soak it all in, you just won.
Cole knows a little something about winning races, but that doesn't mean he can't take time to treasure the feeling. You have thousands of fans cheering for you, confirming that tonight is your night.
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