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4. Start Spot Prep First off, watch a few starts pri- or to your race to become familiar with the routine and notice where the holeshots come and if the guy that pulls the gate release lever is quick or slow. A Spot on the Gate I’m not going to get into which area of the gate to pick. That’s determined way in advance by so many factors, not the least of which is the circumstances of your gate pick number. The other fac- tors are usually pretty obvious such as dirt conditions, angle to the first turn, distance to the first turn, sharpness and degrees of turn of the first turn, etc. Anyway, your area of the gate to start due to circumstances is not often dic- tated by you so don’t dwell on it. Get down to business. “MAKE YOUR BEHIND THE GATE START SPOT PERFECT... DIRT ILLustrated \\\\\\ Vol. 1 + Issue 5 + Page 84