Vital MX Pit Bits: Unadilla 3

Poking around the pits and track to see what's up on the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship circuit.

Vital MX Pit Bits: Unadilla

Hmm...that looks like some new adjuster hardware (and we assume internals) for the Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing guys.

See the blue on the upper engine mounts? Nope, not titanium. They're steel. The Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna guys have aluminum, carbon, and steel to choose from. Zach Osborne opted for the steel.

Out with the old shock (Dean Wilson's Washougal setting), and in with the new.

Zach Osborne has a cool little folding road bike that he can stash in the underside of his bus. That way he can get in rides when he gets to the track.

John Tomac opts for a more traditional setup...and said he had to outrun three great danes during his Friday ride.

The Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM team has had a tough season, but they're not ready to surrender.

With Loretta's right after Washougal, some of the mechanics were finishing up their builds on Friday before Unadilla.

Jade Dungey dropping a new chain on Chase Sexton's bike, and setting the link pins.

Keith Clickstein doing a little rotor clean-up. Gotta keep them looking fresh. Old ones? They get rotated onto practice bikes.

With Loretta's in the rear-view mirror, a few of this year's top amateurs (and new pros) came out to try out the action. Carson Mumford is dipping his toes in for the next few rounds.

It looks like he's enjoying the ride.

Jo Shimoda was all smiles on Friday, as he got fitted on his new bike.

Jo showing off some style on press day.

Jett Lawrence getting some instruction from Kibby about his control setup.

Before press day, he claimed, "But I'm going to be slow out there." Um, no.

Jalek Swoll will be living under the Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna tent from now on.

He seemed to underperform a bit last weekend (at least compared to his other new recruits), but should settle in nicely over the next couple rounds.

How do you keep the right parts straight? Marking pens.

There's some musical chairs going on over on for silly season, and Brandon Hartranft's name is one we've heard mentioned for a couple spots. The Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM squad is one.

Over on the privateer side of the pits, we liked this message for Coty Schock.

John Short is currently in 14th spot in the 450 class aboard a well-used Honda. Considering everyone ahead of him is a factory rider, he's having a darn good season. A few things to note here include that he says he only has about $900 worth of Merge Racing mods in the engine. He's also still running a stock pipe, though we hear that Yoshimura is hooking him up for the rest of the season. Oh...he also missed out on the first two rounds of the season, and didn't get on board until Colorado.

Did you see new gear out there last weekend? Why yes you did. The Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha crew were all outfitted in some new Thor stuff.

The Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki guys had a new Monster Fox kit.

TLD is starting to trickle out some Fall 2019 gear, including this Mirage Yellow, available August 23rd. Also, the rumor of the weekend was that Cameron McAdoo will be moving to the Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki team for next season.

Hmm...V2 instead of V3 for Ken Roczen? The new goggles matched up nicely with his new Fox gear (below).


Cool look of the weekend? That went to the JGR/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing bikes, with their retro graphics ('72, we think).

They went all-in on the Suzuki 50th Anniversary look, including silver rims.

How'd they look on the track? Sweet!

The look carried over to the gear, with the old rising sun graphic, and Suzuki S.

Kyle Peters heading over the finish line jump.

We had Cade Clason's sense of humor tested. The result? Positive. This was his first race back in the U.S. in the last couple years after a WADA penalty.

John Dowd and the crew over in Ryan Dowd's pit area were hustling to do an engine swap after the first practice session.

Love it.

How about this Ricky Carmichael replica that we spotted in the pits on Friday?

Ken Roczen's gear drying rack.

RJ Hampshire and Josh Wisenor after the first practice.

Whoa, that 'do. Sean Cantrell.

The bad news is that Cooper Webb will miss the rest of the season due to a knee injury.

It's a little lonely for Justin Bogle and Benny Bloss while Blake Baggett's out with injuries.

We caught Grant Langston giving fellow South African, Caleb Tennant, some riding tips between practice sessions.

There's never any shortage of style over the Skyshot jump. Here's Marvin Musquin.

Jason Anderson.

Chase Sexton.

Carson Mumford.

Fredrik Noren.

Oops, we almost got out of here without a peek at the 125 action. Mike Brown was on hand, lined up, and ready to start ruining 125 All-Star racing, too. (Sorry, we got a bit snarky after the long forum thread complaining about him racing at Loretta's.) Unfortunately, Mike went down early in the first lap and headed back to the pits.

John Ayers Jr. grabbed the holeshot.

Trevor Schmidt had the early lead.

Chase Yentzer had won one of these earlier in the season and made his way to the front to grab another. Unfortunately, while racing at Loretta's, he crashed in his first moto of the week and had to sit out the rest of the action after a head knock.

The 125 podium, with Chase Yentzer, Trevor Schmidt, and Justin Cokinos.

With a 50th anniversary, there were these cool trophies. (We like the Hannah outline on the 0 from Dick Miller's epic shot at the track.

There were also some cool vintage bikes on hand, like this Barry Higgins CZ.

There was also an iconic Johnny O'Mara replica Mugen.

All right, it looks like our work is done here. Peace out until next week.

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