BEST IN THE PITS FROM THE 2018 HOUSTON SUPERCROSS

Marvin Musquin KTM 450SXFaThe red plates sure did look good on Marvin Musquin’s KTM 450SXF. He looked calm and collected at Anaheim, but crashed in Houston and is waiting for the doctor’s report on his shoulder.

MXA’s Brian Converse took the time before the Houston Supercross to stroll the pits and shoot photos of lots of the factory bikes before they got all dirty. You can click on all the images to enlarge them.
 Broc Tickle KTM 450SXFBroc Tickle got off to a 17th place start in Anaheim and worked his way up to 8th place. Guess what? He was 8th in Houston also, but two 8ths add up to 7th in points.
 Chad Reed FC450The Pro Circuit FC450 powerplant of Chad Reed.
 Chad Reed FC450We feel Chad Reed will improve upon his results each weekend, which shoudn’t be too hard since as hei ankle heals he can get into the top ten. Chad was 16th in Houston.
 Kyle Chisholm YZ250FKyle Chisholm’s 51Fifty Yamaha YZ250F.
 Josh Hanson RM-Z450Josh Hanson’s Nut Up Suzuki RM-Z450.
 Dustin Pipes RM-Z450The FXR Racing sponsored RM-Z450 team of Dustin Pipes and Kyle Cunningham.
 Alex Martin KTM 250SXFAlex Martin had a rough weekend on his Troy Lee Designs’ KTM 250SXF last weekend and is out with a broken collarbone for a few more rounds.
 Ken Roczen CRF450You can expect big things from Ken Roczen and his Honda CRF450 from here on out. Two weeks into the series and he’s second in 450 points (7 points behind Jason Anderson).
 Jeremy Martin CRF450Jeremy Martin is getting a three-race opportunity in the 450 class. This is his Geico Honda CRF450.
 Phil Nicoeltti RM-Z450Under the JGRMX Suzuki tent.  With Phil Nicoletti (54) and Jusdtn Hill (1). Hill is eighth in 250 West points, while Nicoletti is 17th after his first turn crash at Anaheim 1 and a 12th in Houston.

Weston Peick RM-Z450Weston Peick rode to on impressive 5th place the first weekend in Anaheim and backed it up with another 5th in Houston aboard his JGR Suzuki RM-Z450.
 Malcolm Stewart RM-Z450The big news of the week is Malcolm Stewart filling in for the injured Justin Bogle on the JGR Suzuki team this weekend (with the retired Nick Wey’s number on his bike). Malcolm was 11th in the 450 class at Houston (and since he didn’t show up at A1 he is now 37 points behind the points leader).
  Aaron Plessginer YZ250FThings happening under the Star Racing Yamaha tent—Especially for Aaron Plessinger (23), who is the new 250 West points leader. Mitch Oldenburg (52) was 6th in Houston.
 Josh Grant KX450FJosh Grant was the only factorys KX450F on the track in Houston as Eli Tomac’s injured shoulder left him sidelined after trying to ride timed qualifying. Grant finished 9th.
 Eli Tomac KX450FEli Tomac holeshot last weekend and started to run away from the pack until he went down. He pulled off with an injured shoulder, which Kawasaki said was a contusion. But, at Houston it proved to be more than a bruise. 
 Dakota Alix KTM 250SXFDakota Alix’s Rocky Mountain ATV-MC KTM 250SXF.

Blake Baggett KTM 450SXFWe thought we were going to see bigger things out of Blake Baggett in the 2018 AMA 450 Supercross series, but he has been slow to get warmed up.
 Alex Ray Alex Ray’s Cycle Trader Yamaha YZ450F.
 Bradley Taft HoustonBradley Taft is in the top ten in 250 West points on his Cycle Trader’s YZ250F

 

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