BEST IN THE PITS | 2020 SALT LAKE CITY SUPERCROSS ROUND 16
Round 16 of Supercross in Salt Lake City, Utah, is getting set to go and the stakes are high as Eli Tomac is looking to clinch his first-ever 450 Supercross Championship one round early. Eli has a 24-point lead going into the sixth round of Supercross in SLC and if he beats Cooper Webb and Ken Roczen, he’ll exceed the 26-point mark and officially earn his first premier class Supercross title. The pressure is also on in the 250SX class as defending East Champion Chase Sexton holds a slight 3-point gap on Shane McElrath with one more 250 East Main Event left and the 250 East/West Shootout on Sunday. The weather is currently forecasted to be mostly cloudy and a high of only 64 degrees today in SLC, but it did rain a lot last night at the Rice-Eccles Stadium. With the rain and the extra track work involved to prepare for today’s event, the Free Practices have been canceled and now the riders will only have two sight laps before they go straight into their two qualifying sessions today at Round 16.
Eli Tomac is looking to turn his number 3 into a number 1 today in SLC.
A spare exhaust, tool box and stand are ready to go on the factory Kawasaki trackside cart. Remember when Jason Anderson had to change a rear wheel at the Salt Lake City Supercross in 2018, one week before he won the Championship? These things are important.
Chase Sexton has the red plate all to himself today in the 250 East division. 10-days ago, he and Shane McElrath were tied in points and they both had the red backgrounds. Now, Chase has a 3-point gap.
Cooper Webb’s stead is ready to go.
Dean Wilson’s Alpinestars Rockstar Energy helmet.
Chad Reed’s race bike is ready for his final two Supercross races.
Star Racing Yamaha suspension tech Drew Hopkins is smiling under that mask. At least we think so…
Boot dryers are essential for keeping your feet dry.
Barbecues are also essential.
The JGRMX team has a nice auxiliary sink outside of their tent. Not sure if it’s for only for washing hands or if they’re washing parts in there too, but either way it’s cool!
Ken Roczen was impressive at Round 15 on Sunday.
Kenny’s HRC Honda getting the final touches before it’s go time inside the rig.
Carlen Gardner’s BWR Engines, L-TEC, SSI Decals, Fly Racing Honda CRF450 is ready to go again.
Another angle of Eli Tomac’s bike.
Freddie Noren’s JGRMX Suzuki.
The Phoenix Racing Honda team is ready to go with their riders Kyle Peters, Jace Owen and Luke Neese.
Robbie Wageman is racing the 450 class tonight—on his YZ250F.
The JGR Suzuki mechanics have their carts dialed in with everything they need trackside.
Michael Mosiman’s Rockstar Husqvarna FC250 is on display even though the 250 West riders aren’t racing tonight.
Got spare wheels?
How much money do you think is sitting on that lift gate?
Justin Barcia’s bike is looking new again.
Benny Bloss has been taking riders out and he’s been taken out multiple times lately and it always seems to happen at the edge of the screen on TV.
Pierce Brown’s TLD KTM. Notice the cool transponder holder that goes behind the front number plate?
Malcolm Stewart’s Honda CRF450.
Blake Baggett has gotten better since he switched over to the same settings Cooper Webb is using. It helps when your team has factory support and KTM is willing to share their secrets.
Broc Tickle’s JGRMX Suzuki.
Ken Roczen has a stack of gloves, just in case one of them gets muddy.
Justin Brayton’s bike stands.The block on top is to level the bike out so that both wheels can spin.
The HRC Honda trackside cart.
Adam Cianciarulo’s bike is on display although he is out with an injury.
Justin Hill’s Smartop MotoConcepts Honda.
Malcolm Stewart’s stationary bike.