Vital MX Pit Bits: Washougal

Ready for this week's Pit Bits? Let's fire it up...

It's always good seeing the voice of Washougal, and his co-conspirator, Kristi.

Unlike previous customs that the Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM crew has brought to Washougal, this time the plastic parts weren't merely painted. Acerbis dialed in the crew with blue plastic, and it's available as a limited edition full plastic kit.

Apparently Shane McElrath likes a little different power characteristic than Sean Cantrell. Check out the header.

The 250 KTMs run a plug, rather than the oil level sight glass.

With Trey Canard retired, Jade Dungey spends his days helping out with other riders, like here, where he's doing some spoke safety wiring. Yep, it's an old school idea, but it beats getting a spoke wrapped up in a sprocket if one gets broken.

That might be the longest header we've seen on the new generation of Honda 450s.

While they might be winding down as a team, the RCH/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing crew are still all business when it comes to trying to get results.

It was good to see Tyler Bowers in action at Washougal. He won the Thursday Night MX Pro Feature, and was in the top 20 in both motos of the National. What's he doing for next year? No idea.

Glenn Hobson giving Weston Peick's mouse-filled rear tire a little blast of air to get the bead seated correctly.

Fly Racing had a whole bunch of new gear on the track this weekend. Let's roll through some of what we was. First up was Weston Peick...

Martin Davalos was all smiles in his new gear after grabbing a podium spot in the 450 class.

Some of the helmets for the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS crew.

Martin Davalos' first moto Rockstar gear.

Bradley Taft was rocking the new Fly Kinetic Era gear.

Benny Bloss did some Fly Lite Hydrogen testing in the first turn of moto one. He put on quite a charge, coming from dead last to 17th.

How about a quick flick off the drop-off before the S-turns?

Blake Baggett wasn't afraid to go big in the new gear.

We got a sneak peek of some of the new Fox gear in Millville, and the Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki team busted out another set this week.

So what do you think of this new colorway?

Justin Hill on home turf.

How about some more new Alpinestars gear? Justin Barcia got in this nasty whip before going down over the finish line jump. According to those who saw it, the back end came around on him over the jump, and he landed sideways and got flicked off in something reminiscent of a MotoGP highside.

Christian Craig and the entire GEICO Honda squad was sporting new Alias gear.

Umbrellas are good for showers of all kinds.

"Hey, neighbor!" Dean Wilson wasn't too pleased about getting balled up on one of his fast laps during practice.

Zach Williams and his friends came prepared for racing and fun on the way to Washougal. We counted two MX bikes, four or five mountain bikes, and a paddleboard among the goodies in his Sprinter van.

The 125s bring out some interesting folks. We hadn't seen Chris Gosselaar on a bike in a while (and he said he was woefully out of shape). Either way, it was cool to run into him. He had a little family help for wrenching, with his dad, Goose.

Ryan Lockhart and Ivan Tedesco got the early jump on in the 125 Dream Race.

Ryan Lockhart (81) went from first to worst (well short of one rider who was a DNS).

Ivan Tedesco and Tyler Villopoto went back and forth early in the race, with Ivan grabbing the win.

Tyler Villopoto ended up in second spot.

Chris Johnson scored the third on his KTM screamer.

Josh Hansen got in a little wall ride in this berm on his way to fourth at the checkers.

Tedesco leaning in to one of the deep ruts on the Washougal circuit. We love seeing the 125s in action.

Devin Watson scored this bike from Husqvarna and FMF. They did a drawing from among all the competitors who had raced the rounds at Hangtown, Lakewood, and Washougal.

Ivan's son had only seen him ride a few times, and had never seen his dad win. Saturday was a good day.

The 51Fifty Yamaha crew had Justin Hoeft in action for last weekend on a 450, and he ended up 11th overall.

The track crew tried to keep up with the watering, but between the dry weather preceding the event, and the blazing sun, it was actually still a little dusty. But after the rain at Millville, it was actually sort of a nice change.

Brandon Scharer getting in some wash time after the first 450 moto. Not all riders get the full factory treatment.

Vintage bike, "vintage" truck...this guy has it going on.

Setting bars and levers? That's serious business for Benny Bloss.

Justin Bogle getting in his warmup before the start of the action.

Trey Canard was hanging with fans, signing autographs, and enjoying the action.

The fans in the Pacific Northwest came out in force.

Gared Steinke was 34th in moto one of the 250 class on his 125 smoker. He came out for the parade lap in moto two, but his bike sounded a little ill, and he called it a day.

Kyle Cunningham has been racing through injuries, but is starting to come around. Making it through all the rounds is tough. That's it for this week. See you at Unadilla!

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