Dirt Track, commonly known as Flat Track -when races take place on flat oval tracks- is one of the most traditional and popular motorcycling disciplines in the United States.
Kenny Roberts, Eddie Lawson, Wayne Rainey, Wayne Gardner, Kevin Schwantz, Randy Mamola… all FIM Road Racing 500 cc World Championship stars in the “500 c.c. Golden Era” practiced Dirt Track on a regular basis and transferred their sliding skills on dirt to Grand Prix racing. The rear-wheel steering technique they performed had never been seen before in Europe.
Nowadays, most GP riders spend significants amounts of time on the dirt- practising enduro, motocross or dirt track– to keep fit and to improve bike control and sliding skills.
Marc Marquez, Tito Rabat, Alex Marquez, Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, Dani Pedrosa, Nicky Hayden (photo) and many top GP riders consider Dirt Track as a key element in their training routine.
Find below some action photographs of well-known GP roadracers applying the dirt-track technique on their GP bike.
(Names can be unveiled by placing the cursor on the picture)