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What is a Holeshot Device?

Updated: Mar 23, 2023


One of the best kept secrets in Motocross is the holeshot device. If you can sneak it on your bike, it's undetectable and gives you an upper hand in grabbing the holeshot - every time.

Just don't get caught.

OK, just kidding. What exactly is a holeshot device? It's widely used, perfectly legal and it does help with getting to the first turn faster than everybody else, but if you're new to the sport, it's probably not what you're thinking.

When the gates drop and you pin the throttle your dirt bike really wants to do a wheelie. All that thrust in the rear of the bike, where a lot of the weight is also, tends to pop the front wheel off the ground. Performing a wheelie during practice is one thing but it's the last thing you want to do in a race. A wheelie only serves to slow you down and hamper momentum. Therefore, if you're having trouble keeping the front end of your bike down at the start of a race, try a holeshot device which functions by compressing the front forks and prevents the front wheel from lifting.

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