Vital MX Pit Bits: Arlington

Zach Osborne's back to defend his 1E, starting here at Arlington.

Never Say Die was one of Dave Feeney's pitboards in Las Vegas last year when Zach won the 250 East title after a crash at the start, and there's a reminder replica in Dave's toolbox. Zach's improbable comeback was one of the highlights of the '17 season.

Kyle Chisholm was going to be pitting out of a rental car this weekend, as he moves to the 450 class after working with 51Fifty on the West Coast. Fortunately, he's got lots of friends. The Rock River crew hauled his bike and fuel, and he was camping here with the rig that Big James Stewart drove out for Malcolm's racing efforts.

Bob Oliver eyeing up Justin Barcia's YZ450F. The morning started off cool and wet here, and Justin's bike was fitted up with tire warmers.

Cooper Webb's setup for the day, with his Bell Moto 9 Flex, lots of 100% goggles, and the track map to study and use for discussions with the team.

We'd spotted this Works Connection hot start lever on some of the Yamalube Star Racing Yamaha bikes, and were wondering what it was for...especially when we saw it in the morning, and it wasn't hooked up to anything. When connected, they use it for data acquisition on starts, to see if their guys are double-clutching it out of the gate.

Dylan Ferrandis (24), and Colt Nichols (31) will make up the East pair for Yamalube Star Racing Yamaha. As you can see, everyone was on lockdown in the pits during the morning, with storm covers all the way around on the awning.

Jeff Brewer of Allsport Dynamics showed us the wrist brace that Joey Savatgy was wearing in San Diego during the practice incident where he got tagged with his own spinning rear wheel. The front plate (where it connects to his gloves) got cracked, and while his hand got roughed up, the brace probably protected him from a more serious injury.

EBR and 3D Racing have teamed up together. They've got a whole slew of riders under their tent for the 250 East, including Josh Cartwright, and Ramyller Alves.

It may take us a minute to get used to seeing Jon Ames on a Husky.

Tyler Bowers way out on privateer island. He'd been using the AHM box van for the west rounds, but has switched to a sprinter.

AJ Catanzaro's setup for the East.

The TiLube guys have stepped up their game in a big way, jumping from a Funmover to this semi.

The Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing setup for Kyle Peters and Jimmy DeCotis is much the same as for the west coast guys, but Jimmy runs taller pegs.

You'll see a new 6D helmet introduced this week, and the GEICO Honda guys are debuting it here. We'll get more details next week, but we hear that this one is the culmination of everything they've learned since the introduction of the first 6D helmets, and also with their collaborative work with the NFL. We hear that the team riders are psyched with a lighter-feeling helmet. Stay tuned.

Jeremy Martin has worked some heat into this Yoshimura pipe on his bike.

After traveling between rounds, the GEICO Honda guys always get a check on the bladder pressure on their suspension (to account for up and down elevation, heat, cold, etc.)...but it's not an easy place to get to.

You have to keep your team members fed. (and veggies) in the Monster Energy Kawasaki rig.

Okay, this might be one of the better butt patches we've seen in a while. This one's on Austin Forkner's Fox gear.

Who's going to be the hotshoe in the 250 East?

Lots of eye were aimed skyward in the infield, as riders watched practice on the huge TV monitors above the track.

Kyle Peters getting his warmups in.

With the stadium each week being a surrounded by banners, it takes some organizational skill to keep them in stock and ready when they're setting up. Here's how they travel from race to race.

They didn't exactly ease into the 250 East, with a pair of whoop sections here.

Weston Peick beating up on some whoops.

Austin Forkner seems to be doing well after a bad arm break during the off-season, and qualified eighth here.

Jayce Pennington was just outside the top 20 during 250 qualifying.

Jeremy Martin started his season with a trio of 450 rides on the west, and is now lined up for the 250 East. He was fifth in qualifying.

Ramyller Alves showing off the EBR/3D colors.

Dylan Ferrandis looked good here, and qualified second quick among the 250s.

Watch for a handful of riders going for a big combo after they come across the stadium about three turns into a lap. Eli Tomac, Jason Anderson, and a few others were hitting it.

Justin Barcia sucking up a triple here.

Cooper Webb was second-fastest among the 450s. That's a big step forward.

Broc Tickle railing the berm before they rocket down the length of the start straight.

We ran into Andrew Short and his wife, Jacki. Props to Andrew for finishing his first Dakar rally (and improving as he went along). He scored some tough guy points for riding the last two days with a broken tib/fib.

Josh Hansen got some practice laps in, but we did see him short a section and pull up in pain.

Want something cool and vintage? How about this prototype '74 Harley MXer? The rear disk was ahead of its time, and the rear forks? They're one of the moto oddities of all time. We did hear Broc Glover say that the idea probably wasn't bad, as forks back then were a lot better than the shocks at the time.

Pulling a chain? Rather than try to use a chainbreaker on a riveted pin (which will break the breaker), Shane's grinding part of it off before going for the tools.

The Redemption Racing/Club MX setup is pretty sweet.

Traders Racing stepped up their rig game, with a lot nicer setup for the future.

The Redemption Racing/Club MX guys are running Hoosier rear tires on their KTMs. This is the fourth generation tire that they've given the team, with the goal of selling a tire to the public that's every bit as good a race tire as anything offered up by their competitors. Hoosier has tons of experience in circle track racing, and even went head-to-head with Goodyear a while back in NASCAR racing.

The Traders guys have worked up a better race spec for their bikes with Bundy Built, which gives them lots of low-end power, and greater reliability. The team also spent lots of time working with Öhlins during the off-season, and now have Supercross-specific cartridge for the forks, and a better rear setting.

What better way to kick off East coast than the Cowboys stadium?

Jayce Pennington makes his SX debut with the Traders crew tonight.

Peters supporting his team.

One unique view.

Luke Renzland is ready for East, are you?

Anthony Rodriguez has a new deal this year with the Rocky Mountain/ATV-MC KTM team.

RJ Hampshire powering his way to sixth in qualifying.

Cooper Webb setting up his Garmin shortly before practice starts.

Getting that last minute stretch in.

Malcolm Stewart's debuting some new Seven gear tonight.

Heat start? Nope, practice is just that intense.

Jason Anderson has really been clicking lately, we bet even he didn't expect the season to start out quite this well.

Cooper Webb kept it loose today.

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