What are you thinking? When your on the line before a race, are you being positive or negative?, you can't be both. I like to focus on my technique, my lines, the feeling of going fast on the track, making sure I perform to my God given abilities all the way to the checkers! It varies but I've learned how to win every time by doing my best and racing smart. I may not always win on paper but as long as I ride like I know I'm capable of, whether I feel good or not, I win.. Give yourself the opportunity to RACE your best!!
Landing off jumps with a straight away after.. To keep the momentum going, you want to land with the rear wheel first to get the power down and make the landing smooth. #7 (John Dowd) is demonstrating this and I've already landed and am looking toward the end of the straight. Even with a landing ramp, you can land on the same angle of the jump (front tire will be lower than rear) but use the same concept with your rear hitting the ground just before the front so you can power down the straight. A double jump or jump with a corner shortly after you can land front wheel slightly first so you can brake and point the bike where you want to go.
Notice how far my bike is leaned over approaching this corner. I'm using speed and a good line/angle which allows me to use centrifugal force, so I can be as smooth and fast as possible. A beginner approaches slow and upright and cannot use the natural force I just described. Tip- speed, line, commit.