Vital MX Pit Bits: 2023 Fox Raceway National 7

Get your carbon fuel tanks and handguards, it's Pro Motocross time. Check out Pit Bits from the opening round of the 2023 season at Fox Raceway.

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Everyone can quit complaining, Jett's on a 450 for good. Young and ready. Michael Lindsay
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The braced frame is present but on Jett's bike for the Summer (none of the 250 Honda guys use the braced frame). Michael Lindsay
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But Chase, who ran the braced frame all Supercross, looks to be back on a regular frame. At least in regards to the head tube area. Michael Lindsay
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Remember the aluminum wedge on Sexton's skidplate? It was meant to cut through the dirt and protect the shifter...it's not a carbon piece to blend in with the skidplate. Michael Lindsay
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Mikey Germain is back at the races! After a few years away from his JGR days, he's back and has been assigned to the Spanish sensation Guillem Farres at Star Racing. Michael Lindsay
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Speaking of the mechanics...notice anything different on Coop's stand? Michael Lindsay
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Kyle Defoe has been brought in as Cooper Webb's mechanic for the Summer. Defoe was hired away from Pro Circuit Kawasaki at the end of last year and was tasked with Marvin Musquin at the beginning of the year. Michael Lindsay
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After racing the Atlanta Supercross aboard a 48mm production fork with a Cone Valve insert, we weren't shocked to see the 48mm forks back. However, Cooper is on the production fork in general, racing with the stock air fork. Michael Lindsay
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Aaron Plessinger did the same in 2022 and is back on the production air fork again for the Summer. His and Webb's settings are different than stock but it's the production design. Michael Lindsay
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Stock fork lugs and all... Michael Lindsay
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Larger axle and billet lugs on Vialle's more common 52mm works forks. Michael Lindsay
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Similar to the MXGP crowd, Tom Vialle isn't running split clamps. The rest of the KTM team is on split clamps. Vialle is still on the 52mm spring forks / Cone Valves. Michael Lindsay
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Aaron Plessinger is on a cut out engine mount... Michael Lindsay
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...and a works WP shock. Michael Lindsay
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While Cooper Webb appears to be on the stock engine mounts and is using a stock rear shock with a custom setting. Michael Lindsay
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Cooper Webb's latest lid. Michael Lindsay
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Cooper's prior mechanic, Carlos Rivera, is still with the team and is putting his years of knowledge to great use as the team's Crew Chief. Michael Lindsay
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Not seeing Max Vohland with Acerbis handguards is shocking, literally shocking. Michael Lindsay
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KTM's lineup for the Summer. Michael Lindsay
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O2 sensor? That's very odd at an Austrian team to see on race day.  Michael Lindsay
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There was two engine/electronics technicians from Austria hovering over RJ's bike all day. Fueling continued rumors that Hampshire is on a new engine spec and other performance components, directly influenced by Austrian...and he might be the only rider on it. Michael Lindsay
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Jalek Swoll is back but he's inherited Christian Craig's mechanic...which means he's also inherited Jagger Craig. Michael Lindsay
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New year, new Jerry Robin. One of a few to make the last minute jump to the 450 class for the Summer. Michael Lindsay
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Estenson Racing might sound familiar to those in the Flat Track world, as they operate the Factory Yamaha program when turning left. They provided Jerry a bike and some support for the Summer. Michael Lindsay
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Hinson clutch, stock engine, FCP engine mounts and some ETS fuel.
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ODI bars and grips, tied to a set of 23mm X-Trig ROCS triple clamps. Michael Lindsay
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The HEP team is down to one semi for outdoors with the primary branding on the bikes being Twisted Tea, with Progressive taking on a supporting sponsor role. Michael Lindsay
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While Marshal Weltin was already with the team, albeit on a 250 and moving up for the Summer, Freddie Noren was also recruited to field a 450 for the rest of the year in the US. Michael Lindsay
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Kyle Chisholm is also in for the first three rounds to help his SMX points total...along with being a bit of a test dummy. Michael Lindsay
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While the whole team has been on Showa A-kit for both the 250s and 450s, Chiz was out running production KYB suspension from the RM-Z250. Their new suspension technician, Matt Andruk, has ties to some KYB staffers and maybe there's a switch down the road?  Michael Lindsay
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Comparing to the Showa A-Kit on Freddie and Marshal's bikes. Michael Lindsay
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The grates have arrived at outdoors... Michael Lindsay
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...and so have the insanely tall GP style starting blocks. Michael Lindsay
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We'll give you on guess on who's helmet this is. Michael Lindsay
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r\Gaerne's new SG-22 boots are making it to the States slowly. We should have our hands on a pair to test soon. Michael Lindsay
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Guillem Farres is still alive (contrary to what Lewis thinks). There are some differences between all the Star 250 rider's outdoor setups. Farres is on Steg Pegz, WCL engine mounts, but stock triple clamps. Michael Lindsay
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Haiden Deegan on the other hand is using Steg Pegz, stock engine mounts, and Neken triple clamps. Michael Lindsay
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While Jordon Smith is on stock clamps, stock mounts, and standard sideplates even. Michael Lindsay
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Sideplates in tack.  Michael Lindsay
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Kitchen is on Steg Pegz and WCL mounts. Michael Lindsay
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Justin Cooper is on stock clamps, stock engine mounts, and no Steg Pegz. His sideplates are cut however. Michael Lindsay
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J-Coop is the only rider on the team running a fork lug/glide plate on on his left side. Michael Lindsay
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Chest protectors are everywhere under the Star tent. Literally, all their guys are running one. Very old school. Michael Lindsay
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#255 and Steve Matthes? Oh, yup, that's Kris Keefer's steed. Michael Lindsay
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Akrapovic exhaust system, FCP engine mounts, GET ignition, ETS fuel...also spy the KYB shock, which isn't production. Michael Lindsay
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Stock clamps with some unique forks from KYB. Michael Lindsay
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Akro. Michael Lindsay
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Sadly, Keefer's attempt lasted one lap before a huge crash had him beat up, pissing blood, and having to sit out the event. Michael Lindsay
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Media guys everywhere! Josh Mosiman is racing the opening three nationals on three different bikes. Round one was BluCru, round two will be RideRed, round three we're having fun on the GasGas. Michael Lindsay
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Speaking of GasGas, who was the #243 under the TLD tent? That's rookie Caden Braswell who has a four-round fill-in with them until team regular Pierce Brown returns. Michael Lindsay
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Spiderman, Spiderman, he can do anything a spider can. The TLD team was promoting Sony Films' (team sponsor) latest film Spiderman: Across the Spider-Verse. Michael Lindsay
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Fox brought back the 90s flavor for their namesake national, with the barbed collection. Michael Lindsay
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No one takes their boot cleaning as seriously as K-Day. Michael Lindsay
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Fox's LE Barbed is now available in limited quantities. Octopi Media
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Can Jo Shimoda add a plate to this impressive door. Octopi Media
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The ClubMX team was 250 only this weekend with Martin, Marchbanks, and Kilroy all aboard YZ250Fs. When Phil Nicoletti returns in a couple weeks, he'll be aboard a YZ450F. Michael Lindsay
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Marchbanks and Kilroy were both on KYB spring forks and using Luxon's Gen 2 split clamps. Michael Lindsay
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Jeremy Martin is on PSF1 air forks with some assistance from KYB and Enzo, also running Luxon's new Gen 3 triple clamps with adjustable offset insert. In this case, Jerma is running a 24mm offset when compared to the stock 22mm. Michael Lindsay
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Holy grip donuts... Michael Lindsay
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The vast majority of teams use CRM for their carbon-oversized fuel tanks in the outdoors...while ClubMX uses CMT tanks. Michael Lindsay

 

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Kilroy chooses to run FCP top and front engine mounts, while J-Mart and Marchbanks are on a stock setup. Michael Lindsay
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Fuel cap on the CMT tank. Michael Lindsay
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Ex-MXGP regular Jose Butron is taking on the US for the full outdoor season as a bucket list item. Welcome to the USA! Michael Lindsay
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Butron and Lorenzo Lucricio teamed up with Butron's longtime sponsor Gunnex to create Wildcat Race Team for the US series. Michael Lindsay
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Rear holeshot devices might be making a comeback with the introduction of grates. Michael Lindsay
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Ryan Surratt has been an off-road racer this year for the JCR Honda team but came out to hit his local National. Michael Lindsay
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Desert tank and steering damper were equipped. Michael Lindsay
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WCL engine mounts on Surratt's machine. Michael Lindsay
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Scoop tires were popular amongst the 250 guys but not so much with the 450 class come race time. Michael Lindsay
The rookies.
The rookies. Michael Lindsay
Now we've seen everything at a motocross race...
Now we've seen everything at a motocross race... Michael Lindsay
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Butler Brothers racing is back...didn't think we'd be typing those words. See you all next week! Michael Lindsay
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