Vital MX Pit Bits: 2023 San Diego Supercross 2

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Welcome back to another solid week here in Pit Bits! We've got another two-parter for you. Dive into the pre-race action from the 2023 San Diego Supercross and tune in on Monday for even more tech, helmets, gear and more.

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Cooper Webb's Red Bull KTM was the subject of this week's in-depth 

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GPS sensor stashed behind Cooper Webb's front number plate.

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Webb's mechanic, Carlos, mentioned that Cooper HAS to run his throttle housing rotated all the way forward, nearly into the brake cap.

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Akrapovic maximizes the volume of their Austrian model exhaust cans, to the point they have to add a small indent to clear the rear brake caliper when the rear shock is compressed.

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As usual, the KTM crew keeps a close eye on the suspension travel data from their 450 riders. Running reels on the forks and a rod to measure shock travel.

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You'll find three switches aboard most of the Austrian 450s. A kill switch, a start switch, and a button to activate the start map.

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When you mess around, you find out. Frankie won this round against Jade.

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At A1, we showed you the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna's new pit carts, which were based on these KTM units. However, the KTM ones are a bit older and still use toolboxes placed on top...instead of built-in drawers, with tools, like the Husky versions.

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What's hidden inside the KTM pit carts? Wheels, lots of wheels.

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Quite a few teams have switched to Starlink for their internet needs at the races.

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Teammates last year, still friends this year.

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Griffman is on the loose!

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Tssk, tssk, tssk... Tape your rims people, so the Dunlop guys don't have to.

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Sometimes you just need a helping hand. Or a stool.

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KTM bought Felt bicycles a little over a year ago. The brand, originally started by ex-factory mechanic Jim Felt, will continue on but we're not too sure what KTM's plans are for them.

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Factory Connection had technicians on hand as Ken Roczen chose to make the switch between A1 and San Diego. He's still on Showa A-kit components, but tuned by FC instead of the team's in-house suspension technician.

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With the HEP squad owning all their Showa A-kit outright, they have total say over who tunes them. Oddly enough, we also heard that Kenny was interested in testing KYB components...and that Chisholm is also looking to use a private tuner.

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Dixxon flannels is a part of both the Twisted Tea and Progressive Insurance Suzuki teams for 2023. Look for official team merchandise from the brand soon.

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Best... Pits... Ever...

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No indication yet of when we'll see Marvin Musquin back in action, but this didn't seem too promising.

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Want a good giveaway that Eli Tomac is in fact on a 2023 frame? The 2022 cradle is a lot different than this and Eli's perfectly matches his teammate's machine in the photo below.

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Ferrandis' machine for example.

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Even though the new generation YZ450F has lower and further back foot pegs than its' predecessor, Tomac still went a bit lower on his foot peg mounts. Note his titanium peg mounts vs Ferrandis stock steel ones.

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 Cute.

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Whatever gets the job done and gets the helmets dry.

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The HEP teams utilize gold DID rims but on stock hubs. No works Suzuki hubs or goodies here.

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Jeremy "Twitch: Stenberg's DBK brand has a bit of an official setup off the back of the BarX pits.

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Even though San Diego wasn't officially Military Appreciation night this year (there's one later in the season), some teams still went hard for this round.

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A hot sauce company title sponsoring a team wasn't something we expected to see.

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A little military theme on the Solitaire team's Leatt helmets.

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Works Connection is known as the go-to holeshot company, but they're almost as well known for their high quality clutch perch.

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The Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha 250 team also received an updated design, to go along with the new global Monster/Yamaha look.

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Nope, no StegPegz for Kitchen in Supercross, and also no frame grip tape. However, he's got a very aggressive batch of gripper material on his fuel tank and a little on his side plate.

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While Stilez Robertson's machine has frame grip tape (from Anchor Tape) and a bit all over his side plates and tank.

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Does this look familiar? AFAM is making a comeback in the US. This year they're with the AEO KTM team as their sprocket sponsor and we expect to see them grow to a few more outfits in 2024.

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After years with Addidas, the TLD crew made the switch to Puma right before Pro Motocross last year.

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Umm...how many pairs of gloves does one need?

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Phil, does a seat bump even do anything this far back?

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Here's the yearly reminder that yes, Star Racing 250s are still on KYB PSF1 air forks. Growing strong since 2013!

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Ryan Cox was the HRC Honda 250 engine guy and is still very close with the Lawrences.

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The MCR team has a new sponsor...the Hitch Hotel! 

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An expandable camp trailer with a motorcycle hitch.

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When your generator breaks down and you're desperate...

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Check out San Diego Pit Bits part 2 on Monday... 

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