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Vital MX Pit Bits: Southwick 10

Here's a scene we liked seeing, but it'll still be a while before Trey's back racing. This was for a photo shoot, and the number 32 plates (up on the bench behind the bike) went back on for the weekend.

So how do you keep sand from packing in the skidplate area when you have vented slots in the carbon skidplate? The Star-Valli Rockstar Yamaha guys use clear plastic sections of a thick tape.

For Yamaha teams that have ported out the airbox (like Star-Valli Rockstar Yamaha), they get a little extra foam protection.

Sure, the Southwick track is sandy, but it has a hard enough base that the Pirelli crew think this one is among their best options.

Dunlop had this spiked front tire on hand and available for their riders.

We never know where we're going to find Jeff Cernic. At High Point it was as a flagger. At Southwick, he was slinging tire irons under the Dunlop tent.

How do you prevent trick looking factory parts from getting sandblasted? Yep, thick graphic material.

John Dowd has his own trick fire barrel at the 'wick. Good stuff.

Paul Buckley has been shooting at Southwick since the 70s, and has a berm named in his honor where he'd shot some classic photos. We hit him up to see how the place had changed over the years.

You're listening to: Travis Pastrana, who was on hand to cheer on Ashley Fiolek (after losing a bet).

Travis was having fun hanging out...and yeah, promoting Nitro Circus 3D, which is now playing. Go see it.

Josh Hill was back for his second National event in a row, and was pitting out of an Dodge Motorsports / Sycuan Casino / Hart & Huntington / Bel Ray Racing Team Sprinter van. His day ended early in the second moto when he and Vince Friese tangled.

Kurt Caselli is a bad dude on two wheels, no matter what flavor of off-road action you're talking about. Southwick was his first dance with the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.

A 25-24 effort was not a bad showing for his first dance.

Robert Kiniry is going for the equivalent of the motocross Ironman award over two weekends, racing U.S. Nationals on Saturdays, and Canadian Nationals on Sundays.

You're listening to: Robert Kiniry.

You're listening to: Blake Baggett's mechanic, Shawn Irwin.

You're listening to: Blake Baggett's mechanic, Shawn Irwin.

Justin Barcia had some chrome Allsport Dynamics braces for Southwick. We'd guess he'll be sporting red/white/blue soon, as the newest member of Team USA.

There was a ton of new gear on the track in Southwick. Here's Mike Brown's Thor gear.

And more Thor on Kurt Caselli.

Tommy Hahn had some cool new Fox Racing gear.

Jessica Patterson was also sporting new Fox goodies.

One Industries busted out some new 2013 colorways. Good because we dig 'em, bad because the Southwick sand covered it up rapidly.

Here's Derek Anderson in some '13 One gear.

Justin Brayton had a tough day, spending most of it rebounding from crashes. He did look good in new gear, though.

As you'll see through the next few photos, Fly Racing had a ton of new gear on the track in Southwick. Kyle Regal also had a new ride, with a very plain-wrap Merge Racing Yamaha.

Ricky Renner was 450-mounted at Southwick, with no two-stroke in sight. Yep, that's more new Fly gear.

Les Smith in new Fly Racing gear. This is one of the more colorful options.

Michael Byrne in his Fly gear.

Jimmy Albertson is all good after his crash at Washougal, and he was wearing a grey/white combo.

Andrew Short had a bunch of new gear this weekend...three different sets by our count, including this orange, and some black/green gear for the second moto.

Here's Andrew Short's gear for the first moto.

Justin Barcia and the entire GEICO Honda squad was sporting some new dayglow Alias gear.

Visit with Paul Buckley, Kurt Caselli, Robert Kiniry, Travis Pastrana, and check out lots of new 2013 riding gear.