Vital MX Pit Bits: Budds Creek 1

With one round to go before the season finale, the never-ending search for trick stuff and news nuggets continues on...

Vital MX Pit Bits: Budds Creek

One of the cool things about the Budds Creek national is the proximity to Washington, D.C., and a whole bunch of history. We usually try and make a trip up to the city to tour there, and it's always awe-inspiring.

This year GuyB was lucky enough to score a tour of the East Wing of the White House, courtesy of one of our site members. The amount of history there? Amazing.

The Henry Hill section at Budds Creek got a little modification this year. Instead of being a big peaked jump, there was actually a small pre-jump to get the riders over the top. Tony Archer demonstrates.

Dean Wilson got a little contorted over the top of Henry Hill, too.

Steven Clarke had blown his KTM up at Unadilla, and was struggling to get it back together for Budds. The Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM guys had a bunch of riders on the sidelines, and some spare engines, so Steven got the hook-up for the weekend. Unfortunately he got hooked up in the first straightaway tangle in moto one, which didn't help out his day.

The GEICO Honda guys were already starting to build some bikes for the MXGP at WW Ranch. This one will be for RJ Hampshire.

Don't forget to torque your sprocket bolts, gang.

After some of the rough early attempts by the teams at making sure their hydraulic brake and clutches were protected from roost, we've seen some more elegant solutions the last few weeks. This version that the Red Bull KTM crew was using were done up by some fans in NASCAR country. Nope, we haven't heard of any plans to sell them to the public.

Ian Harrison doing a laptop check of Marvin Musquin's KTM before heading out for racing, along with Carlos Rivera and Frank Latham.

John "Bundy" Mitchell has a bunch of experience with Team Suzuki, Pro Circuit, and later with the JGR crew. He's now out on his own, under the Bundy Built banner, and has most recently been working with the Traders MX crew. You can check him out at

Here's a better peek at Blake Baggett's velcro setup for his glove and grip. He's put in some amazing rides, considering the thumb injury.

Fans have notice Blake's results, too.

That big pile to the left is just some of the muck that was pushed off the track before practice on Saturday after some gnarly thunderstorms rolled through the area.

This is either the most awesome photo Jayce Pennington railing the off-camber section, or a shot where he's trying to figure out how to get out of this position after tipping over. Your pick.

The off-camber corner was a muddy mess during qualifying, which led to some unique lines on the exit. Shane McElrath demonstrates.

Joey Savatgy was looking good in practice...until a hard crash. He opted out of race day, and we haven't heard if he'll be at Ironman Raceway for the finale.

Chase Sexton got an amazing holeshot on the pack in moto two...except that the gate hadn't dropped when he went. Amazingly, he made it back to ninth place.

The Southern Maryland Dirt Riders always hand out some serious cash to a privateer in each class in memory of Kevin Crine, and this year's 250 winner was Cody Williams.

Winner of the 450 Kevin Crine award from the Southern Maryland Dirt Riders? That's be Brandon Scharer.

Martin Davalos's day started out pretty well, leading the first four laps of moto one. He finished third in that one.

Unfortunately, Martin's day ended in moto two, with a hard crash, and a popping sound in his knee that led to a DNF. Here's hoping it's nothing serious.

Justin Bogle took his second moto win of the season in moto one of the 450 class, and lead four laps in moto two...despite having this scary moment. He still nabbed a third, and the 450 overall.


Adam Cianciarulo was determined to score an overall win before the end of the season, and made it happen with a 1-2 day. That's a big monkey off his back, and he's re-signed with Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki for next season.

Celebrating the moto one win. That red umbrell on the lower left? That's above Cole Seely, who went trackside to cheer him on.

Dylan Wright was the runner-up in the MX2 class in Canada this season, and came down to try out the 250 class here. He scored a pair of 13th-place finishes, and was 13th overall.

Justin Bogle throwing in a little style at the checkers for his first moto win.

Colt Nichols focusing forward while practicing his starts before the motos.

Anthony Rodriguez looked good early in the 450 practices, but...

...he got cross-rutted before the finish line, launched off the side of the track, and skipped into this landing spot on the edge of the track. Spooky stuff.

How about a little style check over the finish line jump? Marvin Musquin always looks good.

Zach Osborne was all business at Budds Creek, but always has time for some style.

Justin Cooper's 14-8 wasn't quite as spectacular as his results from Unadilla, but he's still learning. Style? He has that covered.

Bradley Taft? Looking good.

Henry Miller had some engine troubles after his bike got hot in practice. The call was put out in the Vital MX Forum, looking for some help, and it looks like people were banding together to help him out for the season finale.

David Vuillemin (left) has been working with fellow Frenchman, Dylan Ferrandis.

It was good to see Kyle Chisholm back in action here in the states, after he'd been racing the Canadian MX Nationals. He finished sixth overall north of the border.

Cole Seely getting his stretches in. We'll get in a sneak peek of his MXoN setup this week.

John Short went for a bit of a naked look on his Yamaha at the Budds Creek round.

Weston Peick's bike and goggles, ready for action.

It was good to see Ken Roczen hanging out at the race. With the recent surgery to have his plates and screws removed, he still has to wait for the incisions to heal before he can start hitting the PT and training really hard...but he's already back on the bike. Amazing.

Heath Harrison gave it a shot, but never could come to terms with the River/Yamaha. He opted out of that deal to do a private KTM for the final few rounds.

The owner of Alpinestars, Gabriele Mazzarolo, hanging out and checking out the action.

Michael Byrne giving Benny Bloss some pre-race tips.

Brian Swead (AKA Rabbit) has been the long-time truck driver for the RCH/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing crew. Look for him to be driving the second JGR rig in '18.

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