There are many maneuvers and techniques that motocross riders strive to master. Whether it is tricks or racing moves, riders are constantly looking for that step to take them to the next level.
One of the many techniques motocrossers strive very hard for, however, is the Bubba Scrub.
This patented and famous move is one of the most successful when trying to pass on a jump while keeping your speed and momentum.
So where did the move come from and how can you pull it off yourself? From a history of scrubbing, to the proper technique, here is everything you need to know about the Bubba Scrub.
History of the Bubba Scrub
While there are speculations as to the exact origin of this particular move, it is a general consensus that the modern Bubba Scrub was created and perfected by the legendary rider, James Stewart.
Stewart showed up on the professional racing scene as a 16-year-old in 2002 and began debuting his incredible riding and unique skills right from the get-go. His patented sideways maneuver would eventually become known as the Bubba Scrub, after his nickname James "Bubba" Stewart. An efficient and aesthetically appealing move, Stewart has used this technique to capture many championships in his racing days.
How To Do the Bubba Scrub
While the Bubba Scrub may look like a relatively simple trick on the surface, it is far more difficult than it seems when you get down to the nuts and bolts of pulling it off.
To successfully make this move happen, you will need to have balanced control over your speed, weight distribution, and a considerable amount of strength to be able to whip your bike around.
To begin, the pressure in your tires should be slightly lower to allow your bike to be able to slide around a little bit, especially when climbing up the face of a jump.
As you approach the jump, you will want to hit it slightly at the opposite angle of how you are going to whip your bike. For example, if you are going to lean your bike to the right, you will need to go off the top of the jump angled to the left.
As you near the top of the jump and fly off, turn your front wheel back the opposite way of how you ar angled on the jump to help your bike swing around that direction once your get airborne. This will also allow you to get a feel of how much your bike can slide out from under you.
Once you are airborne, hug the brakes with your legs and put your weight on the opposite side you are scrubbing toward. Once you hit the peak of your scrub, simply flick the handlebars back around and essentially wait for the bike to straighten itself out as you can hit the gas once you land straight.
Be sure to practice before using this move in competition as it is certainly a lot more difficult than James Stewart makes it look.