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Roger DeCoster

ROGER DECOSTER ON PARENTHOOD–1993

In 1993, Roger and Kaarina brought Mika DeCoster into the world. He was Roger's third son, prompting a column in Dirt Bike where he reflected on parenthood and youth athletics. In the years that followed, Mika did, indeed, become a…
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CLASSIC DECOSTER: 1998 MX DES NATIONS PREVIEW

By 1998, the U.S team in the Motocross des Nations was proven to be beatable. We had lost the last three out of four. The 13-year winning streak had ended back in 1994. But we were hopeful with the addition of young Ricky Carmichael to the…
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DECOSTER: NOTORIOUS DISQUALIFICATIONS

In 1998, Sebastien Tortelli won the 250 World Motocross Championship by 8 points over Stefan Everts. Many motocross fans will remember that fact. A less well-known fact was that at the 11th round, Everts had been disqualified for having a…
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ROGER DECOSTER’S 10 GOLDEN RULES OF MX

Roger DeCoster has mentored more motocross champions than any man in history. His own racing record is incredible. Beyond his five  500cc World Motocross Championships, he was a member of more winning Motocross des Nations teams than any…
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DECOSTER: RACE WITH YOUR HEAD

HAVE A PLAN A & PLANS B THROUGH Z Of all types of racing, motocross is fairly pure. The gate drops, and the guy who goes the fastest wins. Other forms of racing, like enduro timekeeping, are more strategy than speed. Some types of…
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DECOSTER: DIAL IT IN

MAKE YOUR BIKE DO SOME OF THE WORK Today's motorcycles are good. They have come a long way from the days when the buyer had to finish manufacturing them. Even so, the bike you buy isn't perfect. It can't be, because the people who made it…
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DECOSTER: PREPARE!

CHOOSE AND PREPARE THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT I will be the first to admit it. It's good to be a factory rider. When you don't have to worry about the bike being ready, you automatically have a big advantage.  These days, though, motocross…
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DECOSTER: EAT, DRINK AND BE READY

YOUR BIKE RUNS ON PREMIUM. SO DO YOU Computer guys have a saying: GIGO. It stands for garbage in, garbage out. Human beings aren't that different from machines. They need fuel. If you give them poor fuel, they run poorly. The biggest…
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DECOSTER: KNOW YOURSELF

PAY ATTENTION TO YOURSELF-- IF YOU DON'T WHO WILL? You are generally the last person to know something about yourself. Riders can let the most obvious things go by unnoticed--sometimes it's because of ego, sometimes it's because they just…
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DECOSTER: TRAIN SMART

BUILDING LUNGS YOU CAN LIVE WITH Jeff Stanton, Jeff Ward, John DeSoto, Mark Barnett, Johnny O'Mara. Sure, they all were fast, but they also were riders who knew the value of training. Basically that's true of almost any rider who made an…
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DECOSTER: MAKE IT FUN

There are a zillion different ways to train. There's running, bicycling, weight training, racquetball, basketball and a whole wealth of other balls. All of that is fine, but never forget that the best training for motocross is motocross.…
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DECOSTER: WATCH AND LEARN

IF IT WORKS FOR HIM, IT CAN WORK FOR YOU If you want to win, act like a winner. It sounds obvious, but even riders at the top levels can improve their technique by watching other riders and imitating certain aspects of their riding style.…
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DECOSTER: KNOW WHAT YOU WANT

SET REALISTIC GOALS TO MEET YOUR DREAMS No one ever became a motocross champion by accident. In fact, no one ever won a race by accident. It takes planning, strategy and goals to get there. The emphasis is on goals.  "That's easy,"…
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2-STROKES VS. 4-STROKES OF 1996: CLASSIC DECOSTER

In 1996, the two-stroke vs. four-stroke debate had a very different tone. Doug Henry's YZF400 was still on the drawing board and two-strokes were unchallenged at the  elite levels of motocross. In the July, 1996 issue of Dirt Bike, Roger…
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DECOSTER ON THE AGE OF THE BIG RIG

By 1996 the age of the big rig had officially begun in professional motocross. It was a dynamic move the changed the sport forever.  In September of that year, Roger DeCoster had been with Suzuki for about a year, and was still writing a…
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