BEST IN THE PITS | 2021 HOUSTON SUPERCROSS 2
In what feels like a record time, we’re already going racing again! Things are ramping up for the 2021 Houston Supercross 2 and once again, Justin Barcia is making headlines as he proved the pre-season doubters wrong by winning the season opener for the third time in a row. The opening Round of the Monster Energy Supercross season was full of surprises and, amazingly, it featured riders like Eli Tomac, Cooper Webb, Zach Osborne and Chase Sexton were all outside of the top-eight. Mid-week racing is great for almost everyone, the riders who did well are happy to keep their momentum rolling, the riders who didn’t do well are excited for a chance to redeem themselves, teams are happy to save money on traveling by sticking in the same city for an extra week and FELD is happy they don’t have to load up and move the entire show to another city. The only people who don’t like Tuesday night Supercross are spectators who have work late that night. For more info on the qualifying times, race schedule and how-to-watch the race LIVE online or on television tape-delay, click here for MXA’s Pre-Race Report. For Round 2 of the series, MXA’s Travis Fant is in Houston, Texas, at the NRG Stadium to capture all of the action up close.
Photos by Travis Fant
Can you believe Ken Roczen did a full day of racing on this bike just two days ago? It’s incredible to see how clean the factory mechanics can make their bike look.
Eli Tomac’s KX450 with the white background again.
Brian White of BWR Engines servicing Carlen Gardner’s BWR Engines, L-Tec, SSI, Fly Racing Honda CRF450 ride.
Troy Lee Design’s Hunter Falk was a full-time race mechanic prior to 2021. Now, with only three riders on the team, Hunter doesn’t have a full-time rider but he helps the other mechanics out and apparently he makes pancakes on race day too.
Max Miller qualified for his first 250SX Main event at his first Supercross on Saturday.
Michael Mosiman was seventh at the season opener after crashing into a lapper and going down in the Main Event.
Joey Savatgy kicked off the series with an 11th in the 450 Main Event after only a short amount of time on the Rocky Mountain KTM.
Unfortunately, Max Anstie’s 450 Supercross debut was delayed again when he crashed just days before the opener and injured his back. He did mention that he plans to be at the races in a few weeks.
Got pressure washers?
Up close on Dylan Ferrandis’ Star Racing Yamaha engine.
Austin Forkner was second in the first 250 Main Event of the year and he seemed happy with it considering that he missed the entire AMA National season due to an injury.
Justin Brayton’s Muc-Off Honda is a sight for sore eyes. MXA’s Travis Fant found out some cool details on it while filming for an upcoming ‘Inside the Pro’s Bikes’ video. Keep scrolling for more info on this bike.
The Muc-Off Honda team had Justin Brayton’s 2021 CRF450 radiators reinforced by ICW to make them stronger.
The Muc-Off Honda team removed the large, video-game-controller-like switch and only has a kill switch on the left side of the handlebars now.
Justin Brayton runs a riveted chain without the master link to enhance durability.
The Muc-Off Honda team is also running Pirelli tires for 2021 as well. Subscribe to the MXA YouTube channel by clicking here for an upcoming Inside the Pro’s Bikes video coming soon.
Up close on Marvin Musquin’s factory prototype WP air shock from the first Round of Supercross.
Aaron Plessinger has a huge dip in his seat. Aaron explained in the pre-race press conference that he feels like a new man in 2021 and he rode like it on Saturday. Aaron ran up front in his Heat race and scored a 8th place finish in the Main Event.
HRC Honda mechanic Jade Dungey was nice enough to let MXA’s Travis Fant capture video and photos of Chase Sexton’s HRC Honda CRF450.
Kyle Chisholm was one of two privateers inside of the 450 Main Event on Saturday.
Justin Barcia is going to be extra-extra red with the points lead going into Houston #2.
Max Vohland’s Red Bull KTM 250SXF.
Texas local John Short made the switch to the BarX Suzuki RMZ250 for 2021. The BarX team became the factory Suzuki effort for the 250 class after the JGR team folded.
Ken Roczen heads into Round 2 three-points behind Justin Barcia.
Adam Cianciarulo finished fourth at the first Round.
Although the Factory Connection (Geico) Honda team is no longer around, Jett Lawrence still uses Factory Connection suspension on his HRC Honda CRF250.
Graphics going onto Dylan Ferrandis’ new Thor MX chest protector. Dylan is one of the only riders who wears his chest protector over his jersey and, like all of the other jerseys, it’s required to have his name and number on it per AMA rules.
Mitch Payton in the pits.
A peak inside the MotoConcepts Honda trailer.
Malcolm Stewart’s Star Racing Yamaha YZ450F. It still seems weird to say “Star Racing” and “450” in the same sentence.
Mitchell Oldenburg’s Muc-Off CRF250. Although Muc-Off is new to the motocross industry, this team isn’t. The Muc-Off Honda team was previously the Penrite Honda team in 2020 and although the team is new to America, they’re very successful in the Australian Supercross and motocross series’. Remember Justin Brayton’s Australian Supercross Championships? Justin Brayton rode for the Penrite Honda team all four years.
Justin Brayton’s mechanic Brent Duffe.
More details on Aaron Plessinger’s Yamaha.
Jett Lawrence was fast on Saturday, but he made a lot of mistakes. It will be interesting to see how he turns it around with another opportunity on Tuesday.
Wilson Fleming’s BWR Engines, L-Tec, SSI, Fly Racing Honda CRF250 is missing something… Wilson looked like he would make the Main Event through the 250 LCQ on Saturday, but he got caught up when other riders went down in front of him.
Austin Politelli’s HRT Honda.