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Vital MX Pit Bits: Red Bud

How about a sweet vintage Montesa from the Legends and Heroes display?

It was great to see Tommy Weeck back in action, as he's snagged a fill-in ride with the Star-Valli Rockstar Yamaha crew while Kyle Cunningham heals up from an ankle injury.

Privateer of the Week? Those honors would have to go to Cole Thompson's 7-8 in the 450 class, for seventh overall.

Ready for a blast through the Red Bud weekend, Pit Bits style? Us too.

You're listening to: Red Bull/KTM's Ryan Dungey.

The MotoConcepts crew was rocking red, white and blue, rather than their heavily black graphics.

We spotted a new Bell Moto 9 last weekend...and this one's constructed with a carbon fiber shell, and goes for under $600.

The guys at Mechanix Wear were in the holiday spirit, and delivered a bunch of cool gloves for the teams to rock.

You're listening to: GEICO Honda's Eli Tomac. We asked his dad, John, about the cooler Eli totes to the line for each moto and he joked, "He's going to work. That's his lunchbox." Eli gives us the real scoop about what's inside.

Michael Byrne is running a Fox Podium 3 shock, since he prefers it over the stock unit. Either way, JGR helps with the tuning.

Here's one we hadn't seen before...an added oil cooler for Broc Tickle's KX450.

The dirt at Red Bud is one reason why the riders look forward to coming here. In fact, this year's trophies for each class featured plexiglass cases full of the stuff.

Keeping cool was a prime consideration this weekend, like at this community pool.

Nick Wey may have had the coolest pool of them all, though.

How about some privateer style? This is a sweet moto van setup.

Rebuilding an engine in 90-plus degree weather? Not fun.

It was awesome to see 40-mumble-year-old John Dowd back in action.

You're listening to: TwoTwo Motorsports' Chad Reed.

Chad Reed checking in with Jeff Canfield.

You're listening to: Troy Lee Designs Lucas Oil Honda's Christian Craig.

Christian Craig looked good in his return. He still has to get back some full race fitness, but was riding well.

You're listening to: Ricky Renner. He gave the two-stroke fans something to cheer about at Red Bud by putting his YZ125 into the show...without having to go to the LCQ.

You're listening to: Ricky Renner

You're listening to: Mike Brown. Brownie's in the (ahem) vet category, and will be back in for five nationals this summer.

Mike Brown was riding well at Red Bud, but ended the day with a pair of DNFs to show for his efforts.

Mike Brown scored the gold medal win at the X Games in EnduroX, and celebrated with Deegan-style ghost ride of his bike after the finish line.

You're listening to: Team Honda Muscle Milk's Justin Brayton talking about the different graphics the team was sporting for the Fourth of July weekend.

You're listening to: Justin Brayton

You're listening to: Justin Brayton talk about the mountain bike training that he's been doing. He's also finally healed up from a hand injury that he suffered right before the start of the outdoor season.

You're listening to: Justin Brayton.

Ryan Sipes got a frame swap this week. Unfortunately he had a bad weekend biomechanically, and had DNFs in both motos.

Mike Tomlin dials in the Yoshimura exhaust on Justin Barcia's Honda.

April Zastrow gets ready to head out onto the Red Bud circuit.

Rich Simmons and Jessy Nelson talk strategy before hitting the gate for moto one.

Whoops. Feld Motorsports' Todd Jendro has been riding lately. Can you tell?

The Dragon Racing Fuels team hooked up a new sponsorship from Kill Cliff recovery drink. Guys named Cliff are not huge fans.

Chat with Chad Reed, check out Ricky Renner's 125 two-stroke adventure, and way more.

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