Vital MX Pit Bits: Washougal 5

Ryan Villopoto was showing pit boards to Tyla Rattray during press day. (They want him to shift a bit more often.) Check the homepage at to catch the latest interview with Ryan.

If you've been checking out the Driven to Ride series with Derek Anderson and Tucker Saye, the guy behind the camera is Jimmy Bowron, on the left.

This week's GWS goes out to Jimmy Albertson, who took a long nap after going down hard during the first 450 moto. He was checked out and went back to the hotel before the end of racing on Saturday. Get well soon, Jimmy.

Tarah Gieger also had some new gear for moto two, though not as bright as the guy's gear, it was cool, too.

At the post-race press conference, Ryan Dungey was talking about the physiology help that he gets from Red Bull. Pretty cool stuff.

You're listening to: Ryan Dungey.

While the results may have not been what he was hoping for, it was awesome to see Josh Hill back aboard a Dodge Motorsports / Sycuan Casino / Hart & Huntington / Bel Ray-sponsored bike.

Yep, that's Josh's traveling bag of tape and goodies that he uses to keep his feet healthy. He's dreaming of a Factory Johnson & Johnson ride.

We ran into the Devol crew in the vendor area. Washougal is their local race, and they've got a bunch of cool aluminum goodies for your scooter. Check them out at

You're listening to: Star-Valli Rockstar Yamaha interim team manager, Ryan Morais. Cole Thompson was an addition to the team for Washougal, but a hard crash in moto one sidelined him for the day.

You're listening to: Star-Valli Rockstar Yamaha interim team manager, Ryan Morais. The team has been decimated with injuries, and Ryan Sipes moved to the 250 class for this one.

Blake Baggett was launching further than we saw anyone else go in the practice and races.

JT Racing was debuting some new 2013 gear on Mike Alessi. What do you think?

Here's a different colorway of the new JT Racing gear. They seem to have transitioned from the straight retro look of the relaunch gear to a new direction.

Tommy Hahn was sporting some sweet brand-new Fox Honda gear at Washougal. We dug this. How about you?

It was good seeing Ivan Tedesco back in action for the Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki crew. It's been odd only seeing two guys under their tent for the last couple races.

You're listening to: Rockstar Energy Suzuki's Jessica Patterson talk about her surgery following Red Red.

The Rockstar Energy Suzuki crew has been using these cool Applied sidecovers for a while now.

Washougal always presents some logistical problems for the privateers, as there are a lot of miles between Millville and Washington, and then back to Southwick for the next round. Alex's bike hitched a ride with the Team Chapparal Honda semi.

The road was tough on the MX Heaven team as well, as their tow rig encountered mechanical problems near Butte, Montana. No worries, they loaded up what gear they could into a big U-Haul truck, and finished up the trip to Washington in that one. Fredrik Noren scored his best moto finish (eighth) over here.

Ryan Dungey was running this butt patch in memory of one of the MX Sports crew members, Art Jefferson, who'd passed away last weekend. Godspeed, Art.

Washougal featured lots of off-roaders looking for some extra training, with Mike Brown in his third race, Robbie Bell, and Colton Udall. Despite a DNF in moto two, Mike Brown was the fastest of the bunch.

Cool paint on Weston Peick's lid.

Daniel Castloo tops off the tank on Vince Friese's MCR450 before moto two.

Mike Alessi gets a little rubdown on his forearms before moto two. His win in moto one was MotoConcepts' first, and Mike's first in a couple years.

Yep, that's some new Thor gear you're spying on Jake Weimer.

Check out the rotor on Justin Barcia's rear wheel carefully, and you'll note that it's a floating disc. Justin has been running out of brakes near the end of motos, and this was one possible solution that they're trying.

The day at Washougal? Perfect. The fans also have the system of running to the trees for cool shade down to a science.

The track was getting pretty dry for moto two. It made for a challenge, with different conditions in both motos.

Ken Roczen (Red Bull/KTM) was looking pretty tired after moto two.

Justin Barcia with Washougal's Ryan Huffman.

Here's one for the two-stroke fans. This YZ144 belongs to Rockstar's James Hanson. He was hoping to sneak in some laps during press day, but got shut down.

What was cooking in the pits and on the track during the annual mid-summer visit to the Pacific Northwest? Check to see what we found.
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  • queen of spodes

    7/24/2012 7:20 PM

    Constructive criticism? Please do something to make the text stand out more. On lighter pictures, the white text is very hard to read.

  • NathanKershaw

    7/24/2012 8:21 AM

    Still nothing for the iPad?
    The adobe flash player logo is nowhere near as good as pit bits.
    Come Vital! Make an iPad version!

  • Dirtysmile56

    7/23/2012 9:08 PM

    Nice work Steve, I dig the audio along with the slide show

  • neverwasfastenuf

    7/23/2012 7:26 PM

    Brilliant shots and color, great interviews.

  • bartoner

    7/23/2012 3:41 PM

    I am pretty sure Pic 17 is Hot Sauce...

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