Vital MX Pit Bits: Tampa Supercross

This is the first visit to this side of Florida in a couple decades...let's see what's happening in the pits and on the track.

Vital MX Pit Bits: Tampa Supercross

Tyler Bowers is filling in for Josh Grant over at Monster Energy Kawasaki after Josh's unfortunate ankle leg injury in practice at Dallas.

The Yamaha Factory Team pit area and gear had a different look after they parted company with their former title sponsor, and had to remove a ton of their logos.

Justin Barcia underwent surgery this week, and according to Keith McCarty, Justin had a plate and six screws put into the broken bone in his hand, but that it was also actually a fairly simple fracture. Here's a peek at the "clean" look of his bike that will await his return.

Justin Hill will take a crack at the 450 class for the next few rounds.

Justin was pumped at the new helmet that Bell had done up for him with his 450 number. This thing in blinging in the sun, with lots of metalflake.

Malcolm Stewart is the only one on the team using a BFRC shock, but this one's a new version that they haven't implemented to the full squad.

It's all about the millimeters.

This Chevy truck is pretty sweet in the KTM pits.

Early in the day, some of the Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna crew were checking out a livestream of a BMX Worlds qualifier in Olddsmar, FL, not far from Tampa.

Deano's bike was using the muffler from last weekend for practice (which featured some Dallas battle scars), before being swapped out for a freshie for the night's action.

Jason Anderson's Airoh helmet. Apparently this is his lucky one, so don't try and get it away from him.

The track map is correct, but really squished.

Jarred Browne making his rounds, dialing in his Leatt and GoPro riders.

The AJE Husky guys are using Justin Starling's Garage-Coach while on the East Coast. Justin's aboard a 250, but in the 450 class.

Jimmy DeCotis getting his warmup in before practice, while checking in with Gareth Swanepoel.

Anthony Rodriguez and Austin Kent.

Linking up a LitPro and Apple Watch for Vince Friese before practice.

Over in the French end of the Yamalube Star Racing Yamaha pits, David Vuillemin holds up Dylan Ferrandis, while his mechanic checks the sag.

Doc G doing a pre-ride forearm warmup for Austin Forkner. Austin had a pretty big crash in practice, after catching a slower rider in the sand section.

Chad Reed's helmet, ready to go.

How many of you remember Mark Charles bike stands? Or twin-shock RMs?

One small scoop of Cole Seely.

Hopefully RJ Hampshire has a better round two.

There are not a whole bunch of stadiums with a pirate ship in them. (Check the far end.)

Marvin Musquin checking his data.

The over/under bridge is in for this weekend.

Malcolm Stewart has some new gear for this weekend.

Last week Chad Reed matched the mark for main event starts. If (when) he qualifies for the main tonight, he'll break it.

If you follow NASCAR, you're probably familiar with Germain Racing, who owns Ty Dillon's GEICO-sponsored entry. The Redemption Racing/Club MX crew were showing off this sneak peek of Joey Crown's bike with Germain logos, and the whole team will be rocking this when they go to Daytona in two weeks.

Cole Seely showing off the twins.

Marvin Musquin had to settle for tenth in qualifying.

Start of a race? Nope, just an aggressive first lap in timed qualifying.

Jimmy Decotis showing how difficult things can be...

Sand, sand, and more sand...

Cameron McAdoo taking a sample of the Tampa sand.

RJ Hampshire showing off some new Alias gear and how to properly get through the sand.

Cole Seely showing how the power of the 450s makes the sand sections a lil more manageable.

Although, the power of the 450s definitely manipulates and destroys it more each lap than the 250s.

We love clear lenses in Supercross...

Tyler Bowers has made his way to a factory team again, as he will fill-in for Josh Grant at Monster Energy Kawasaki for what we suspect to be the rest of the season.

Blake Baggett looking at some lines in qualifying.

Tampa is ready for the Party in the Pits after nearly 20 years.

Can you whip it in virtual reality?

It's been a rough season for the JMC Motorsports guys. Jon Ames suffered a broken femur in a head-on collision last weekend in Dallas. In the meantime, Chris Howell (122) is aboard a 350 here, and will be joined by Chase Marquier next week, as Chase tries out a 250 in the 450 class.

Could we see this face again but in the 450 class?

Kyle Cunningham's WP/Showa conversion shock had a new reservoir area. We suspect the stock floating piston has been swapped for a bladder.

The Man is still a popular autograph request.

It takes a village...

Meanwhile, on the privateer end of the pits...

Cameron McAdoo suffered a broken bone in one of his hands last weekend, but it's good enough to keep going.

In addition to handling the practice bikes for a couple of riders at Club MX on the weekdays, Brent Duffe's doing weekend duty for Josh Osby.

The 85-degree weather during the day seemed to take it out of a few of the flaggers, who were catching a break between practices.

Marty is back this weekend after that nasty first turn slam at the opener.

This weekend his qualifying sessions were good enough for third overall.

Derrick Rankin and Benny Bloss.

It's a bit hard to see, but the couple gates to the left hand of the box were much higher at the front than the ones on the left. If you launched off the gate on the left ones, you could conceivably fly over the plexiglass without catching any wheelspin... Some teams were already eyeing this up.

Eli Tomac is back in the number one spot as we head into the night show.

The number five has been popular for Weston Peick this year...with a couple fifth place finishes and still sitting fifth overall in the point standings.

Cooper Webb locked down second behind Tomac...finally his night to get on the podium?

Dean Wilson was able to lock in sixth during qualifying, looks like he's finally getting back up to speed after his shoulder injury from A1.

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