Vital MX Pit Bits: Salt Lake City 4 1

How's your bing-watching of the 2020 Supercross season going? Let's see if we can add a little behind-the-scenes detail.

Vital MX Pit Bits: Salt Lake City 4

After the weekend storms and Sunday's slop-fest, Dirt Wurx did a great job of cleaning the place up. The track looked prime around track viewing time, but like always, it's very thirsty.

Jason Anderson and Scuba talking things over while they check out the track.

This was the first race in the final seven for the West Coast guys, so Alex Martin and Lee McCollum were getting their first look at the venue.

Both of the Lawrence boys, Hunter and Jett, are back in action.

Dylan Ferrandis has had the red plate in the 250 West since San Diego, which at this point, seems about like a lifetime ago.

Mitchell Oldenburg got creative with his masks.

Yeah, they're serious about the whole social distancing thing. There are reminders everywhere.

With all seven of the final rounds in Salt Lake City, there's not much change between individual races. Eli Tomac said he was already happy with his baseline, and it shows. Three to go for him after Wednesday's race.

Blake Baggett has a bike deal with Giant, so his bike is the one in the pits. Blake rides a medium-sized frame, where Benny needs an XL. He has to boost the seatpost way up to try and make it fit.

If you've noticed a lack of detail pics over the last few races, it's because there's a ten-foot "bubble" around each rig that we're not supposed to venture into.

Back off, buddy.

The Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM crew switches from Pierce Brown, to Derek Drake and Brandon Hartranft.

Dave Feeny had a trick bit for his mask that we definitely could have used during Sunday's mud race. His glasses were fogging badly, so he fashioned a nose guard out of tape to cure that problem.

Zach Osborne taping up before hitting the track. He's been on a bit of a roll since his return to action, and was looking for more good results here.

It's all uphill from the pits to the track. The Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna pit cart hit the dyno at exactly two mechanicpower.

Jelly (Justin Cooper's mechanic), making the uphill trek. He's probably using the mask as a training tool in case mountain bike racing ever gets going again in So. Cal.

Shift rolled out a couple new kits for the return of the West Coast action, and the Lawrence boys. Take your pick of black (with some gold hits)...

...or white with gold.

Christian Craig was sporting these one-off white/gold Fox boots.

We definitely didn't notice this gear in practice (despite the fiery prism logos and details).

We for sure didn't notice this gear, either.

By the time practice rolled out, the track was already getting thirsty.

Ken Roczen going for a little lever adjustment and check-in with the crew after practice.

Curtis and Kyle Cunningham, talking over his bike and practice. This duo is right across from GuyB in the motorhome parking lot.

Kyle Chisholm was having to do a bunch of his own wrenching after his pop was struggling with kidney stones here. Ouch.

Checking over Martin Davalos's bike after practice.

Scotty Wennerstrom's TXS helmet. Their team has been down a rider since the return of racing. Bubba Pauli is also on hand, but Joan Cros returned home to Spain, and has been unable to leave the country. It's not for a lack of trying, though. We hear that he's been going to the airport daily, trying to get out of the country, despite having documents that say he's okay to leave.

It's good to see the Penrite Honda team back in action.

Braaap. Let's blitz through the fastest qualifiers in each class.

In the 450s, Blake Baggett topped the charts again with a 44.704.


Ken Roczen clocked in at 44.975.

Eli Tomac's qualifying spot matched his number. 45.936.

Cooper Webb? He checked in with a 45.431.

Dean Wilson rounded out the top five with a 45.545. That's less than a second between the top five.

In the 250s, pole position went to Justin Cooper, with a 45.705.

Dylan Ferrandis was second, at 45.806.

In his return to action, Jett Lawrence was third, at 45.891.

Christian Craig locked down fourth, at 46.030.

Austin Forkner? He was fifth, with a 46.113.

GuyB GuyB 6/11/2020 12:57 PM

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