Vital MX Pit Bits: Seattle

Josh Grant made his debut with the Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing crew this weekend, and will fill in for Aaron Plessinger through the end of the Supercross season.

Josh got in about four days of prep for his first race back.

We have to say, the gear, helmet, goggle, and boot companies have done a stellar job of synchronizing their color combos this season. This Bell matches up nicely with the Thor gear that the Yamalube Star Racing Yamaha guys are wearing this weekend.

It's interesting to check out the differences in setups between team riders. For instance, Colt Nichols likes the gripper strips on his seat cover (above), while Dylan Ferrandis (below) prefers a smooth seat, but with a bump for starts.


Dylan Ferrandis also likes an extra-thick flange on his grip, so that he doesn't flex it into the throttle housing. His mechanic, Alex Campbell, glues a second flange to the back of his standard grips for extra stiffness.

Things are as busy as always under The Fly Racing/TPJ tent.

But in the outskirts of the privateer side of the pits, things are getting a little thin. Just an observation.

With lots of adjusters, air screws, and bleeders on the top of fork caps, it can get pretty crowded if a rider likes low-rise clamps and/or oversized bars.

Lots of teams and riders are helping out Road 2 Recovery with gear donations and help, but maybe none as much as JGRMX, who are sporting the logos in a big way this weekend. Check for more details on the auctions they've got going on, and the causes they support.

Hmm...Jimmy DeCotis switched up to some newer style lugs on his forks.

With limited space in the pits, things got a lot narrower than usual, which is why the bikes are angled instead of straight this weekend.

With their Northwest local status, the JMC Motorsports guys opted for custom graphics this weekend, complete with Mt. St. Helens, Bigfoot, The Space Needle, and more.

JMC Motorsports were also rocking these black HGS mufflers on their bikes.

Dylan Summerlin took a crack at the Seattle track with his 250 smoker, and made it in by virtue of rider count.

There are lots of rocks in the surface this weekend, so some guys we don't normally see running handguards (like Ken Roczen), have them mounted up.

Lars Lindstrom swaps out a sprocket on this spare wheel for Cole Seely. Cole and Kenny each run different gearing, so they need to have both wheels on the cart in case they need to make a wheel change.

Brian Voyles had this sweet '87 Honda originally slated to be with the Legends and Heroes display, but instead, they moved it by the Team Honda HRC rig. It has a mix of stock, works, and replica parts.

Cooper Webb has a sparkly new lid.

The flag's always flying over at the Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM rig. The other truck drivers are going to have to step up their game.

Happy birthday to Justin Bogle. He's 26 today.

We like the Good Time Conniseur label on Austin Politelli's helmet.

After the first practice, lots of riders commented that the track was really slick. The Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki guys went to work with their tire cutter.

AJ Catanzaro has a different sponsor on his bike every weekend. This time around it's

When you're a traveling privateer on the TPJ rig, you have a lot of stuff packed to go.

The Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki guys also had new helmets to match their gear this weekend.

We dug these gray/black fox boots.

Um, Alex Ray? You're probably going to need this...

Top five qualifiers in each class? Let's do it. Dylan Ferrandis grabbed the number one spot in the 250s...

...followed by Adam Cianciarulo...

...Chris Blose...

...Jimmy DeCotis...

...and Colt Nichols (who has the start in this group by a nose).

Top qualifiers in the 450 class? Dean Wilson grabbed the top spot...

...ahead of Marvin Musquin...

...Eli Tomac...

...Ken Roczen (we dig the white/yellow/green gear)...

...and Joey Savatgy.

Oddly, points leader Cooper Webb was a bit off the pace, and he qualified 11th.

This is the last race for long-time Yamaha mechanic/tech Bob Oliver, who's heading for retirement.

Bones is retired, but he's hanging with the Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki crew this weekend.

Team Marchbanks, with Ivan Tedesco, Colter Ahrens, and Garrett Marchbanks.

We're not sure what Justin Hill and Ralph Sheheen are chatting about, but we wouldn't be shocked if it had to do with Justin's visit to one of the legendary recording studios here in Seattle.

Ben Schiermeyer, Dan Truman, and Chad Reed.

Riders aren't the only ones who check in with officials about sections that they have concerns with. After the track walk, we spotted Team Honda HRC's Erik Kehoe and KTM/Husqvarna team boss Roger DeCoster pointing out a section that they wanted officials to keep an eye on.

Caption time...

Josh Grant looked pretty good for someone who hasn't spent a lot of time on a bike lately, but he did have one situation in the whoops where he got off balance, caught traction on the downside of a whoop, and looped it.

He gave it a few minute's thought after that one.

Garrett Marchbanks is a fan of palm protectors.

Remember Ryan Clark's Team Solitaire days? He'd saved some of his old merch for when his kids were old enough to wear it.

Yeah, they've battled it out on Arenacross tracks around the country, but Chris Blose and Jacob Hayes are still friendly.

Eli Tomac in full concentration mode.

RJ Hampshire and Cameron McAdoo check in with Dan Betley after one of the practice sessions.

The whoops are...well...challenging, to say the least. We saw quite a few get-offs in practice, including Adam Cianciarulo.

There's some prime roost potential in a few of the bowl turns this week. Justin Barcia (above), and Eli Tomac (below) demonstrate.


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