Vital MX Pit Bits: Atlanta 3

Let's check out the tech, trick stuff, people, and other fun stuff that makes racing so cool.

Vital MX Pit Bits: Atlanta

The Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta is pretty amazing.

In previous years, the pits were indoors in the World Congress Center, and quite a hike from the current stadium. This time around, the pits were outdoors, on the site of the old Georgia Dome.

As usual, it's a huge crowd here.

Eli Tomac brought the magic last weekend. Has he cracked the code on his setup for this year? We caught him, his mechanic (Brian Kranz), and his dad, John, checking out the terrain during track walk.

Part of the HEP Suzuki crew, checking out the track. Dustin Pipes, Adam Enticknap, and Clark Jones.

Okay, this might be the ultimate in overkill, but how cool-looking are these start platforms? We found these under the Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM tent. Yep, they're machined titanium, and retail would be something in the neighborhood of $1200...if you felt like you really needed them. They're the brainchild of Nick McEntee over at Full Throttle Manufacturing. You can check them out on Instagram @fullthrottlemfg.

Jacob Hayes getting his sag dialed in over at the CycleTrader.com/Rock River/Yamaha rig.

Hmm...these are different. We haven't seen too many gray seatcovers like these new ones from Guts on the HEP bikes.

The Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing 250 guys are all sporting some new red and black Answer gear, perfect for the home of the Falcons.

Drop and give me 20! Alex Martin getting in his pre-practice warm-ups.

Ah yeah, privateer life in Ben LaMay's pits.

Chris Loredo doing a little hand-warming with Dean Wilson's bike during the morning.

The Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki guys have some different Bell helmets to match the blue on their Fox Airline LE gear.

It's rare to see both 250 points leaders under the same tent at the same time (maybe short of at Las Vegas. But with the East/West Showdown here, Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki has both of them there.

If you're coming to an upcoming race, be sure to enter for a chance to win a Ken Roczen replica Honda 450 at the Road 2 Recovery tent.

Cole Seely is back in action after catching a rock (or brick) in the chest last weekend in Detroit.

Hmm...this isn't exactly how we remember the early Huskys...

Okay two-stroke fans, how sweet is this Tuf bike?

Let's run through the top qualifiers in each group. First up, the 450s. Eli Tomac had everyone covered during the daytime sessions.

Whoa, Marvin. He grabbed the second spot.

Somewhere behind all this sandblast is Dean Wilson, who qualified third.

Cooper Webb was fourth on the time sheets.

Joey Savatgy rounded out the top five in the big-bore class.

Dylan Ferrandis nabbed the top qualifier spot for the 250 West, followed by...

...Adam Cianciarulo...

...Colt Nichols....

...Shane McElrath...

...and Jimmy DeCotis.

The 250 East top qualifier was Justin Cooper...

...who was followed by Chase Sexton...

...Austin Forkner, who had a couple practice crashes in the whoops...

...Alex Martin in fourth...

...and finally, Martin Davalos.

Garrett Marchbanks and Colter Ahrens waiting for Garrett's chance to head out onto the track.

These guys made use of some handy seats before their final practice. That's Dylan Ferrandis behind the wheel, Adam Cianciarulo riding shotgun, Mitchell Harrison in the left rear, Michael Mosiman in the middle, and maybe Cameron McAdoo on the right? Imagine if they got to cut loose with this thing...

Dylan Ferrandis. The East guys got matching camo helmets for this weekend (the West guys had them for San Diego).

Colt Nichols hanging out before practice.

Chase Sexton getting in his warmup. We like the Shift gear for this weekend.

The gang from Daytona made the trip up to Atlanta to dial in truck, parking and pass logistics with all the teams headed there next week.

After finishing up the British AX series, Cedric Soubeyras will ride a Husky under the TPJ tent for the rest of the SX season.

Cedric's girlfriend, Sophia, dialing in his suspension before practice.

It was cool to see Freddie Noren in action here.

Justin Starling is coming back from a broken wrist this weekend, which is still really sore. He made it into the heats, where they took 22 qualifiers. But there were only 22 West riders who made the trek over to Atlanta.

Phil Nicoletti said part of him wishes he was doing Supercross...well, maybe not. He's pretty happy with his current deal to race up North.

Cole Martinez skipped the Need Help graphics this weekend, in favor of the logo of his graphics sponsor, Backyard Design.

There was a flurry of activity with Mitchell Harrison's bike between practices.

Skip Norfolk getting Joey Crown set up. Skip's been at this for a good long time.

Justin Barcia's sidelined this weekend, so his bike was the demo rig for tours in the pits.

Getting an autographed poster, and a high five from Aaron Plessinger.

A very devoted fan made this cool light-up plate for Shane McElrath.

Looks like Blake Baggett is making a setup decision...

It's cool to see Mike Alessi back in action. Exiting the sand section, riders hit the over-under bridge, blip the throttle...and get an unusual radial roost as the sand comes off the wheels and tire.

Yikes. We're not sure what was up, but Blake Wharton didn't make the cut for the East qualifiers (by about a half a second), and will have to sit out tonight.

It looks like Ken Roczen is looking a little more frisky this weekend. We like that.


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