MotorStorm: Pacific Rift Tips

Time Attack (requires internet connection)
The time attack mode of the game allows you to download a ghost from anyone on the leaderboards. If you are stuck on a festival race it is sometimes useful to download a ghost that has a time similar to the one you are trying to achieve (or the best if you feel like a challenge in keeping up with it) and try to follow the ghost closely for a few laps so that you learn the racing line for that specific vehicle.

Once you are happy with your lap you can attempt the same thing again in festival mode and you should be a lot more successful. This technique also works with developer ghosts but is a lot less effective.