So I'm 42, and mainly ride woods/mountains/single track. I've noticed there are lots of threads started on the subject of jumping technique, mainly in the form of questions, and I wanted to maybe help some people out that were in the same boat as me. This year, in the interest of becoming a better rider overall, improving my fitness, and become more comfortable with higher speeds I've been spinning some laps at the local MX track. Nothing serious, I don't record lap times, and I really have been able to use the predictable nature of multiple laps to work on specific techniques that I feel need improving. I'd love to crank out some big doubles and triples, as it looks really fun but I have been terrified of getting out of shape and getting seriously hurt, as that would be bad for the family provider aspect of my life. However I have been working on getting more comfortable and actually enjoying a bit of flight time on my YZ250X on some of the smaller doubles at the track. I have been out 6 times now and I usually ride for about 3-4 20 minute sessions with just short water breaks in between. At first, I was finding that I was always off-balance in the air, and I really didn't know what I was doing wrong. Usually I was getting kicked to the side. and usually front wheel came up too high. I really worked on analyzing what I was doing on the face of the jumps. Body position, throttle and gear habits, arm positioning, stance on the pegs etc. I watched lots of fast guys carefully. I watched lots of You Tube vids. I even really studied the body position of the pros on TV. I have come a LONG way this season. Here's what I found: 1) body position is more important than bike attitude --what I mean by that is that even if the bike hits a bit of rut or kicker, I can pull it back as long as my BODY is balanced at take off. 2) stay loose, especially in the arms. --I have been focused on making sure my weight is on my legs, and I try to maintain a more or less vertical body position, even as the bike is climbing the face of a jump. This usually results in my head being over the bars on takeoff, which seems to be the way the pros do it, unless they are seat bouncing which is not a technique I've worked on yet. Weight on the legs takes the weight off my arms, which seems to help the front end to work more freely. 3) MAKE SURE your weight is evenly distributed between your left and right legs. --yeah, it sounds obvious, but this was the root cause of me being kicked to the side. I was subconsciously putting more weight on my left foot... So really, REALLY pay attention to this 4) leave the jump face at a lower RPM if possible --For example, if a jump could be cleared in 2nd gear wrung out, I'll do it in 3rd. This still results in being in a meaty part of the rev range but with room for a "panic rev" if that becomes necessary. Also, I find the bike feels looser and more relaxed if ridden a gear high. I've determined that this may be due to my off-road habits, but whatever--it works for me. 5) hit jumps faster that you think is necessary --I find it much easier to absorb energy and "shorten" and jump than really tug on the bars and try to "extend" a jump. That's just some things I've learned by really analyzing my riding. I had some bad habits that didn't really seem to cause any issues off-road, but really hurt my ability and enjoyment at the track. I haven't attempted any doubles more than about 40' so far, but as my confidence and comfort grows, I know it's just a matter of time. Yesterday for the first time, I really found that I was able to play with the bike's attitude in the air, including some jumps that are sort of mid-corner, or jumps that should be taken leaned over a bit to set up for the following obstacles. I don't feel like I'm just along for the ride any more, and that is a really great feeling! As far as my primary goal? Yeah, it's made me better off road too. I really believe that to a great extent - "seat time is seat time". The track is closer than the mountains, and allows me to put in some really concentrated and focused seat time. It's also fun to use all the power more of the time. What a great well rounded bike the YZ250X is! Sorry for the long post, just wanted to help out some fellow MX noobs.