Every sport carries with itself a set of definitions and terminologies. It is rightly said that racing is a religion and every race format carries its own lingo. We have already seen the types of off-road races around the globe. Here’s a list of all the popular terms that you will get to hear at an off-road race…
Brraaap! is a big part of the “moto language.” It’s a universal term (or noise) used in multiple situations. It can describe actions, end a conversation, or tell a story. It comes from the wonderful sound a 2 stroke bike makes while someone is riding it fast. Brraaap!
Pro: The highest skill of racing.
Holeshot: A favorite among commentators, a holeshot happens at the start of the race. The first rider to the first corner gets the holeshot!
Block Pass: When a rider overtakes another rider by moving into his opponent’s path and blocking his racing line, it is known as a block pass. A block pass is classic maneuver.
Stuff: Stuff is a tactic used by riders that squeeze opponents underneath in a corner, occasionally forcing them wide and “stuffing” them into the tuff blocks.
Brake Check: This is when a rider momentarily brakes hard in the middle of a slow turn to force the trailing rider to suddenly brake. Caught by surprise, the follower usually loses momentum or rams the leader’s rear tire and falls over. A brake check is considered an “underhanded tactic.”
Roost: Roost is the flying dirt and muc kicked up by the rear wheel of motorcycles.
Pinned: A rider is pinned when he is riding full throttle for maximum acceleration.
Tabletop Jump: A jump that features a flat top with ramps at either end.
Doubles: Doubles are two jumps that the rider tries to clear to gain an added advantage in a race.
Triples: Triples are three jumps that the rider tries to clear in one go. They are usually three stories high and 70’ in the air.
Water the Track: When officials spray water on the track's dirt, this makes the terrain more tacky to create better traction for racers.
Flags: It is not possible to communicate with riders when in a race. The riders need to be communicated about the perils that lay ahead of them. This communication is effected through distinct flags shown by Marshals, the track officials who are physically monitoring the race and place themselves at most corners on the track.
Yellow flag: To caution riders about hazards on the course.
Blue Flag: To notify the slow riders to let the fast riders pass them.
Red Flag: When a race is stopped due to severe crash or a pile up of riders, the red flag is waved which indicates that the race has been stopped.
Checkered Flag: A checkered flag is waved when the race leader crosses the finish line denoting the end of the race.
Set-up Jump: Set-up Jump is a jump that can be set up either as a stair step, or as a small bump placed before a larger jump or tabletop, where the rider uses the first bump to jump to the top of, or over, the following obstacle.
Hairpin Turns: Hairpin turns are tight U-turns found on the track similar to those that we see on mountain passes. Hairpin turns in an off-road track may have a chamber to aid riders to gain speed through them for a jump or help them to slow down the bike right after a jump.
Whoops: Whoops are a series of closely spaced bumps.
Nac-Nac: Nac-Nac is one of the most impressive maneuver, an act done while airborne. It requires the rider to take one foot off the foot peg and swing it back over the other side of the bike, as if he’s dismounting the bike in mid-air.
Flying W: Flying W is an unintentional maneuver that occurs when the rider’s legs are suddenly kicked into the air above the seat while he maintains his hold on the handlebars. This can happen when riders land short on the doubles or miss-time the whoops.
Panic rev: Panic rev is a spontaneous and a typical reaction when a frightened rider sees that his front end is low in the air. However, a panic rev can sometimes bring the front end up. If you hear this at the track, look quick cause you’ll probably see a crash!
Arm Pump: An arm pump is a condition that occurs when a rider grips the handlebars too tightly and the muscles in his forearms become so tense that it is difficult to hold onto and work the handlebars.
Endo: Endo is an unfortunate occurrence when the motorcycle flips “end over end” with the rider which crashes the rider.
Lipstand: Lipstand is when a rider crashes face-first into the ground. So essentially it’s a faceplant!
Whip it!: Whip it is victory celebration. At the end of the race, the spectators get to witness wild aerial antics at the finish line. The winner is likely to ‘whip it’ after taking the checkered flag, throwing his machine sideways in the air so that the rear wheel whips out to one side and seemingly passes the front. At the same time the rider may wave to the crowd, or take one or both feet off the footpegs to add to the show.
Parade Lap: Typically done by pros at larger events. The winner of the race takes an extra lap around the track for the fan’s entertainment.