Vital MX Pit Bits: Spring Creek

Let's fire 'em up and do this version of Pit Bits.

With damp and chilly conditions overnight at Spring Creek, things quickly heated up as the sun rose over the nearby hills.

Sort of like a proud papa, Bob Barnett was showing off what should be the final version of his clutch and brake lever/reservoir combos. We've seen a lot of iterations of this over the last few years, and he's done everything he can to make it as functional and bulletproof as possible. He's even trying to work with plastics manufacturers on an industry standard for handguard mounts that would bolt directly to the reservoir.

Bob had Tyler Bowers running the ARC clutch and brake setup last weekend at Millville, the first time that it's seen action at this level of racing. Tyler had been testing these for a while at home.

Tyler wanted to pull the cover off to show how they look. Pretty factory, eh? He mentioned that he really liked the performance of the clutch in particular, saying that the stocker has, " for improvement."

Tyler and his daughter were having some fun with a grasshopper on Friday afternoon.

It was cool to see Isaac Teasdale back under the JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing tent last weekend, and Spencer Bloomer as his mechanic. Spencer is most often found back in North Carolina, building some trick new item for the JGR team.

John Shelbourne worked on his sprint skills to get from the mechanic's area to the starting line with a new wheel for Freddie Noren. The mousse on his bike allowed the rear tire to slip inside the bead on the parade lap, so a quick replacement was made.

Jarrett Frye made his pro debut at Spring Creek, carding a pair of 14th-place finishes. MIA was Ty Masterpool, who was out with an injury.

Hmm...looks like the gang at EKS are a little further along on the new version of their goggle. Ben LaMay was sporting these.

This was the first time we'd seen these new lights in action. The LEDs are really bright, and flash red/white to alert rider to not jump. This was on the approach to the Chadapault.

Fox had a couple of new sets of gear on hand, and Adam kept his set pretty spotless over the two motos. Running out front all day will do that.

Tech inspection sure looks a lot different in the Covid era.

During practice, we spotted Justin Rodbell cruising down from the top of Mount Martin like this...for fun.

That's Drew Hopkins from Yamalube Star Racing Yamaha. Mask/hat combos do not always make for the best hair days.

Old Pirellis off, new Pirellis on.

The rear of Adam Cianciarulo's bike is mostly what everyone else in the 450 class saw last weekend.

The Whoop Monster made some cool items for all the guys on the GEICO Honda team. Yeah, that's a samurai sword on Jo Shimoda's. Each guy on the team had a different theme.


The Whoop Monster was also collecting autographs.

He also had awards made for the top privateers in the 250 and 450 classes.

He also got to show off his array of noisemakers for the GEICO Honda boys.

Benny "Blue Steel" Bloss.

Ah yeah...the Friday flick, where mechanics try to work out every little air bubble from the brakes for their riders.

Broc Tickle switched to a hybrid fork setup, which uses just a bit of air pressure to help hold up the front end a bit.

Guess who got filter washing duty?

Dave Feeney wrapping up the details on Zach Osborne's bike, like the safety wire on the grips.

Those stickers on the back of the boots come in handy when there are a bunch of boots sitting outside the rig when it comes time to suit up.

Alex Ray was pretty pumped on his new carbon skidplate. He also had to be pretty pumped on finishing both motos at Spring Creek. He's had a lot of bike problems this summer.

Hunter Lawrence with his guard dog. Hunter has been looking more like his normal speedy self the last couple of rounds.

Chase Sexton with some new Astars gear.

Broc Tickle had a tough digger late on Saturday. The good news is, it sounds like he'll be okay for WW Ranch. He's trying hard to put in the best results he can to score a gig for next year.

That style on Cameron McAdoo...

It was cool to see Justin Brayton spectating from the infield...and he seemed plenty content watching the action from there.

What's your preference? Whip left or right? Check the angle of the ruts.

There was a lot going on after the checkers flew. Blake Baggett stopped to have a short discussion with Jake Masterpool.

Zach soldiered through moto two with a front flat. How he made that work? We're not sure. But it was a heck of a ride.

Marv seemed pretty bummed on his moto two performance. With Cianciarulo going 1-1 on the day, Marv slipped back to third overall. He was seen shaking his wrist during the moto, but early word is that he's okay.

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