Vital MX Pit Bits: Atlanta 3

What's new? The Mercedes-Benz Stadium here. What's not? The same awesome red clay for the track.

Vital MX Pit Bits: Atlanta

We loved the history and racing in the Georgia Dome, but the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium that replaced it is a state-of-the-art building that easily eclipses the old venue.

We'll second this one. The whole Honda crew got together to wish a quick return for Cole Seely after his tough crash in Tampa.

Remember last summer when Austin Forkner ripped his shrouds off a couple times? So does the Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki staff, so they added these extensions to the shroud to prevent it from happening again.

Christian Craig will take over Cole Seely's spot (and give the Team Honda HRC team a presence on the track) for the next couple rounds.

The Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM guys will be sporting some new as-yet-unreleased TLD Race Shop gear this weekend.

So far, so good for the KTM Junior Supercross Challenge bikes. While here in Atlanta last year, a few of them got stolen after the race.

The TiLube/Rockford Fosgate/Honda squad is making use of the break in the Arenacross schedule to take on a few Supercross rounds. Heath Harrison put his bike in the show in afternoon qualifying, as did his teammate, Chris Blose.

Hmm...we spy something a little different for Chad Reed's rear suspension this weekend.

The Yamaha Factory team is looking a lot more put together this weekend. Their normal setup was a little scrambled last week after a title sponsor departed following Davi Millsaps' retirement.

Doc Navarro working on adding some flexibility to Benny Bloss during morning warmups.

We hear that Martin Davalos had to get put under the day before last week's event in Tampa, so they could do a disc procedure that allowed him to race. These guys will do a whole lot of things to try and be on the track. Here he's getting a pre-practice treatment.

Tyler Bowers (and Malcolm Stewart) both have some new Seven gear this weekend, and Tyler got a matching helmet.

Yep, if you've got your trackside cart, you'd better have your podium hats ready.

See the #wheelerstrong sticker on the front numberplate? You'll find those on a bunch of yellow bikes this weekend, as Suzuki's Chris Wheeler went down hard last weekend.

When you ask your mechanic to kick your front tire straight after a crash...

Yep, this place is really big.

Here's one for the vintage guys. Who else dreamed of having a DG Racer Honda Elsinore? Air-cooled, twin shock, drum brakes...and a price tag (for the stock bike) of under a grand. Ah yeah, nostalgia.

Nick Gaines getting a shock adjustment during practice. He missed the cut on qualifying times, but came back to win the LCQ.

Modern stadium, modern security. Everyone got wanded and/or searched multiple times during the practice sessions.

One of the KTM Junior Supercross Challenge kids getting a fist bump from Blake Baggett as they passed each other in the tunnels.

Want a chance to win some Dunlop tires, or a Monster Energy Supercross video game? You can, if you've got stop by the Dunlop rig and have some serious video game skills.

It was cool to see Justin Bogle hanging out in the pits at the Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing rig, and signing autographs. He's healing up, but we likely won't see him on the track before the start of the outdoor season.

Christian Craig had some help in the autograph line from his son, Jager.

Dean Wilson and Kyle Chisholm checking out the track before practice. The track here is interesting, and should make for some good racing.

John Tomac eyeing up one of the big rhythm sections.

Hmm...any guesses on what Dean Wilson said that's cracking up Jason Anderson?

Eli Tomac is looking to add to his win streak here, and was third quick in practice.

Jason Anderson was sixth in 450 qualifying here.

Marvin Musquin was the fast qualifier. We'll see how it goes during the three main events.

Last week's 250 winner, Austin Forkner, was only a couple tenths off of the fast time of Dylan Ferrandis

Broc Tickle is rocking the stripes this weekend, and was fifth after last week's main.

Let's hear it for persistence. Over the years we've seen Alex Nagy do everything from drive to races in a sedan (with his bike disassembled in the back seat), to drive the Nationals in a truck (not the greatest for security). He's living large now, traveling in a van. He's made something in the neighborhood of 60 night shows, but is still looking to qualify for his first main event.

Ugh. Jayce Pennington went down in practice and broke a bone in his foot. He'll get it checked this week and see what the future holds.

This weekend marks Michael Mosiman's first race of the season, after some pre-season concussions.

Sean Cantrell (and the rest of the 250 A group) checking out action before heading onto the track.

There was a little chicane set up for riders that bypassed the whoops during practice. These things were very tough on the riders during practice.

Jeremy Martin was fifth in 250 qualifying.

Time to curl those toes for Jordon Smith.

Derek Brush rolling out Matt Bisceglia's bike to practice.

Chris Blose went down hard in the whoops during practice, but still qualified seventh. That's a step up from last weekend.

Colt Nichols charging the whoops. He's inside the top ten in qualifying times for the 250s.

Hmm...there's some new Shift gear for Dean Wilson.

Blake Baggett was smoking through the whoops in practice.

Martin Davalos was sixth among the 250 qualifiers here.

250 East points leader, Zach Osborne, railing a rutted berm here.

Austin Forkner is looking for another win. So are a lot of other riders.

Cameron McAdoo rocking some good style over the finish line jump.

Weston Peick had a mid-air exit over one of the triples during the first practice, but came back firing in the final one. He also took the win in the 450 LCQ.

Marvin Musquin had the top qualifying spot in the 450 class.

Cooper Webb? Seventh in qualifying.

Justin Hill is every bit as speedy as last weekend, and only a few tenths off of Marvin Musquin's time. He'll be on the 450 through Daytona.

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