Vital MX Pit Bits: Salt Lake City 2 4

That's it for Supercross. Now we can look forward to some trick new parts for the outdoor series.

Vital MX Pit Bits: Salt Lake City 2

Seth Hammaker nabbed the 250 Rookie of the Year award.

Rookie of the Year in the 450 class? That goes to Dylan Ferrandis.

Sweet new Fox gear for Cameron Mcadoo and the Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki team.

Bell did a nice job of matching up the Fox graphics with their paint.

Alpinestars has been doing some good stuff this year with their gear, and Jett Lawrence had a couple different sets that we hadn't seen.

Jett had a whole different set for the main event.

Ken Roczen had a cool goggle/jersey/pant/boot Fox setup.

Justin Barcia (shown), Pierce Brown, and Michael Mosiman were all sporting this new Troy Lee Designs gear.

Malcolm Stewart with some fresh Seven gear.

Both Cooper Webb and Marvin Musquin were sporting some new Thor gear. As we understand it, this will be available through KTM.

While we didn't see as many custom graphics for the final round of the series as we might at a Vegas round, Mitchell Harrison had a bit of a different look on his Fly gear and Honda plastics. He had a matching helmet, but it got retired after a hard crash earlier in the season.

One of the best helmets we saw was one that Airtrix did for Jett Lawrence, featuring this image of Marc Marquez up top.

The Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing guys all had new helmets with this graphic.

Normally, Eli Tomac has the eagle image on the back of his helmet, but this time around, it was up on top.

While the Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki pit area may not look like there are helmet dryers set up, don't be fooled. The guys at Bell worked up these dryers via some custom 3D printed parts, and they sit flush on the table surface.

Yep, moto folks like all sorts of motorsports, including the paved kind.

We'll admit it...we didn't notice when Marvin Musquin wasn't wearing a Leatt Brace in the final two rounds of the series in Atlanta. Once we did notice, we couldn't un-see it. According to a couple of people that we talked to, the interface between the rear of the new Airoh helmet (which has a really large lip), and the brace were not coexisting well, which is why Marvin made the change.

The hard-edge curb that was installed to help keep the riders away from the mechanics area seemed to work well (except for the time that Dean Wilson ventured up onto the upper deck), and we wouldn't be surprised to see it being used in the future. That's Josh Varize on the bike.

Whoops. Joey Savatgy got caught up in these ruts during practice.

But he had a good night, and finished tenth overall in the series.

Whoa...how about a 57-tooth rear sprocket for one of the HEP Suzuki guys?

Dave Dye making sure all the right logos are in all the right places over at Twisted Tea/HEP Suzuki.

Lane Shaw was the hype man for himself and Henry Miller, and had this mic setup to help attract fans.

Coty Schock and Tony Archer work on some reaction time exercises before heading out for the final qualifying session.

With the need to run both bikes and fans up and down the street between the two pit areas, the main street next to the stadium was shut down to accommodate them.

There was a lot of entertainment before the race in the Fan Fest. What's your flavor? FMX?

Harleys?

Off-road truck derbying? They had all of it.

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Kevin Moranz was sidelined for both of the SLC final rounds, but he did make time to stop by the Fly Racing stage for some interview time.

We've always been a fan of peeking to see what kind of notes riders use to motivate themselves before the gate drops in the main events. While both of these from Colt Nichols (SLC 1 and SLC 2 main events) may rank in the NSFW category, it gives you a peek into the mindset.

That's a statement, not a question.

Colt Nichols wrapped up the 250 East title with a second-place finish in the East/West Shootout.

Justin Cooper played the safe path to the title with a ninth-place finish but after the ups and downs of the series (and a big fight to transfer from the 250 West heat), we can't blame him.

The two new 250 champs, and (we think) maybe everyone who's ever ridden a Yamaha. Well, that's not right, but that's a whole lot of staff and supporters.

Here's a bit more core group. Congrats to Yamaha and the Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing crew.

Colt Nichols' mom wanted to give his number one helmet a try.

Ah yeah, some championship bling. There was also a cool reflective gold Renthal bar pad.

Carlos Rivera (right), along with his family, and Cooper Webb. Carlos has turned the wrenches for a whole bunch of champs now. Often that means spending extended time away from home, so it's cool that his family got to share in this.

Whoa...double-vision. Congrats to KTM on scoring another 450 title.

Mechanics also get to share in the celebrations. Josh Ellingson, and Matt Winter had their number one plates delivered by the AMA's Tim McAdams.

Broc Tickle will be another rider sitting on the sidelines. Current plans are to help train a couple of amateur kids.

As of last weekend, Benny Bloss' summer plans were something along the lines of, "Golf, lakes, family time, and some local races." That's unless he gets a better offer.

Shane McElrath and Mike Genova. Was this race the last blast for the Smartop | Bullfrog Spas | MotoConcepts | Honda crew in Supercross? Injuries definitely took the wind out of the sails of what could have been a pretty promising team effort. Shane will work on getting his back in order (and he said he's making good progress there). Mike will determine what's next for the team. They're definitely sitting out the Nationals, and it sounds like there are some plans for Arenacross ahead. But Supercross? We'll have to wait and see. Mike has definitely poured his heart and soul into the sport.


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