Riders can learn from motocross master this weekend
"MOTOCROSS is not like football or cricket," Aaron Hutton explains.
"Where you get to train and be coached twice a week. That is missing from motocross and that is the reason I am getting involved in coaching."
Hutton's philosophy of giving back to his sport is a bonus for local riders as he will conduct a two-day motocross coaching clinic at the 6 Mile track. Today for junior riders and tomorrow for seniors.
A talented motocross rider himself, Hutton is returning to the sport from injury and hopes to be back competing at state and national level towards the end of this year.
In the meantime, the Yamaha Australian Institute of Motocross sponsored rider is busying himself passing on his skills, knowledge and experience to local riders.
The clinics rev up at 8.30am through to past noon and then the track is open for practice, with Hutton staying on to help riders with any questions or issues they have as they try to master what they have learned.
"Motocross is a very skill-orientated sport," Hutton explained.
"So, we start at the basics. The more you can develop your skill set off the track, the better you will ride on it."
These basic skills include the standing position, control use of the clutch, throttle and brake, as well as balance, cornering and jumping.
These skills are then combined with race craft.
"It is important all riders learn good race craft," Hutton said.
"That means the way you see things around you, other riders as well as the track, and how you adapt to those and different situations.
"It is very important you are able to see and react to different race conditions, particularly as a race unfolds."
But Hutton also teaches that it is not just all about ability. He believes in the vital importance of developing confidence on the bike.
"Confidence is what it is all about," Hutton said.
"The more you learn and then practice what you learn the more confidence you develop in your abilities.
"And the more confident you are in your skills the better rider you become."
With 6 Mile in brilliant condition after a refurbishment following Cyclone Marcia, it has become one of the most popular tracks in Central Queensland.
And the Rocky region has some very talented riders in its ranks.
"No matter how good you are, you can always improve," Hutton said.