The relationship between perception and motor performance was studied in a situation that required perceptual processing of a complex motion stimulus in which a target signal had to be segmented, selected, and tracked. Participants were asked to move their arm in synchrony with one surface of a transparent motion display in which two surfaces moved horizontally back-and-forth over each other. The quality of tracking performance was measured as a function of bottom-up and top-down perceptual cues and their interplay. Target signal strength was manipulated by lowering the relative amount of signal dots constituting the target, i.e., the coherence level (100%-50%-30%-10%; the distractor surface was always 100% coherent). A colour cue that distinguished the target from the distractor surface was either available or absent. In the presence of a colour cue, participants experienced little or no difficulties at coherence levels of 50%-100% but when surface formation was complicated by lowering the coherence level, synchronisation consistency decreased. This corresponds with continuous attempts, successful and unsuccessful, to correct inaccurate synchronisation. In the absence of a colour cue, difficulties were frequently observed in all coherence conditions, but they differed depending on the coherence level. Overall, these results suggest that colour can serve as a strong top-down cue for proper target selection and tracking, provided that bottom-up motion signals are sufficiently strong.