BEST IN THE PITS | 2021 HOUSTON SUPERCROSS
The 2021 Houston Supercross 3 has officially arrived and with the top eight riders in the 450SX Point Standings being separated by only 7-points, everyone is excited to see who will come out on top. Currently Justin Barcia leads, but that originally wasn’t the case. Ken Roczen should’ve had the points lead after Round 2 on Tuesday, but his 4-point penalty for jumping on a red cross flag dropped him back to fifth in the standings, 3-points behind Barcia. Amazingly, even after he had an injury in December and missed valuable time for training and experience on his new 450, Dylan Ferrandis sits second in the points standings, only 1-point behind Justin Barcia after finishing seventh and second at the first two Rounds. The 36-year-old veteran, Justin Brayton is tied with Marvin Musquin for third in the standings, 2-points back. Ken Roczen sits fifth, 3-points back. After his 13th and first place finishes, Eli Tomac is sixth in the standings, 4-points back with Malcolm Stewart seventh, 6-points back and Cooper Webb eighth, 7-points back. It truly is a wild time to be a Supercross fan and we can only hope that the racing continues to provide the same levels of excitement we’ve seen at the first two Rounds. In MXA’s Brian Converse is in Houston, Texas, for Round 3 and he showed up to the NRG Stadium on Friday to get into the pits early to give everyone a glimpse at what’s going on behind the scenes of Supercross.
Photos by Brian Converse
The 2021 Houston Supercross 3 track was still being worked on by the Dirt Wurx crew on Friday.
Justin Barcia’s Troy Lee Designs Red Bull GasGas MC 450F will have the red plate one more weekend, but he’s going to have to do better than ninth to keep it again.
Kyle Chisholm is running Ricki Fowler’s face on his graphics. Pretty funny!
Mitch Payton is looking for Austin Forkner to get a win this weekend in Houston. Currently, Austin is fourth in the standings, 7-points behind Christian Craig.
Scott Youngstrand, mechanic at the Muc-Off Honda team, making some adjustments to an air box.
Marvin Musquin hanging out in the pits on Friday. He’s tied for third in the Point Standings, only 2-points off the lead.
The top Supercross Pros have gear guys, boot guys and goggle guys to make sure they’re looking fresh each time they’re on the track.
Ken Roczen’s Honda CRF450. The black handle under the side number plate is actually a hole for the air box to breathe through.
The shape of Malcolm Stewart’s YZ450F is pretty wild. Not only does the seat have a big dip in it, but the air box cover looks custom as well because it rises up higher than the stock cover which would allow more air into the air box and increase power.
Team HRC Honda’s Chassis R&D manager, Shane Drew, is doing good.
Ken Roczen’s brother-in-law and training partner, Blake Savage, is in Houston.
Sadly, Chase Sexton will be missed this Saturday after his crash while leading the 450SX Main Event on Tuesday injured his shoulder. Click here to learn more.
Cooper Webb’s Red Bull KTM.
John Short’s BarX Suzuki RM-Z250.
It’s wet in Texas! Luckily, the NRG Stadium has a retractable roof to keep the track and seats dry.
Max Vohland’s mechanic acting like Max Vohland.
The Pirelli guys were wide open changing tires on Friday.
Malcolm Stewart’s mechanic Jason “Rango” Montoya has stuck with Malcolm through many years and many different teams. Now they’re with Star Racing Yamaha for the 2021 Supercross season.
Dylan Ferrandis’ Star Racing Yamaha YZ450F. Nobody expected Dylan to be sitting second in the 450SX Point Standings after Round 2, not even Dylan! He was very surprised after his second place on Tuesday, but we don’t think it will be his last time on the podium this season, Dylan was going fast.
The KTM junior bikes have switched from the 50cc two-strokes to the SX E-5 electric powered bikes.
KTM’s portable battery charger for all of their electric powered mini bikes.
Justin Brayton and Mitchell Oldenburg’s Muc-Off Honda’s looking like new again.
The two Star Racing Yamaha rigs. One for the 250 class and the other for the 450 class.
The Rocky Mountain KTM pits.
Jason “Rango” Montoya thinking long and hard on every bolt he checked since Malcolm last rode the bike on Tuesday.
Maxwell Sanford hanging out in the pits.
Details on Jonah Giestler’s KTM 250SXF.
Up close on Jonah Giestler’s FIV11 engine built by Zach Douglas.
More details on Giestler’s bike.
This time, the full bike! Lots of work into making this KTM look extra black and orange.