BEST IN THE PITS | 2021 SALT LAKE CITY SUPERCROSS 2
After a wild season of racing that featured three-race residencies, four rounds of Supercross held outdoors at Speedways (Daytona and Atlanta), a long three week break in the middle of the season and dramatic highs and lows in each class, the 2021 Monster Energy Supercross season finale is upon us. The January races in Houston, Texas, feel like they were yesterday and, as fans of the sport, we’re sad to see the season come to an end.
In this article, we share photos from the lens of MXA photographer, Brian Converse, as he scours the Salt Lake City Supercross pits to get up close and personal with the Supercross race bikes one more time. Of course, all of the factory bikes still look like new.
Photos by Brian Converse
Cameron McAdoo is running some strong black grip tape on his frame to help him squeeze the bike. After his big get off at Atlanta 2, wasn’t 100-percent healthy when he raced a few days after his brutal wreck at Atlanta 3. There, we saw him crash hard again in qualifying. He cased a jump that normally wouldn’t phase a rider like McAdoo, but he didn’t have the strength to hold on and it sent him for a wild ride. Hopefully, after two weeks of recovery, Cameron is good to go for the 250 East/West Showdown.
Cameron McAdoo gearing up for press day riding.
Justin Barcia and his wife Amber walking into the Salt Lake City pits for press day.
For the third year in a row, Justin Barcia won the season opener. Before the season, Justin talked about how he didn’t want to be a one-hit wonder. Unfortunately for Justin and the GasGas team, he hasn’t won another race this season, but he did land on the podium a total of four times so far.
Malcolm Stewart always has the sickest Gaerne SG12 boots.
Cooper Webb is looking to turn his #2 back into a #1 this Saturday.
Jason “Rango” Montoya is pumped on his rider Malcolm Stewart after his first career 450 podium finish last weekend.
Michael Mosiman battled for the lead last weekend with Jo Shimoda, but he never made the pass stick. He was passed by Lawrence and eventually jumped off the track while trying to hold off Colt Nichols. He finished fourth last Saturday.
Ken Roczen is 22-points behind Cooper Webb in the title hunt. All Cooper has to do is finish 19th or better to win.
Colt Nichols only needs to finish 20th or better to win the 250 East division.
Justin Cooper needs to finish 17th or better to win the 250 West division.
Marvin Musquin’s custom Red Bull Airoh Helmet is pretty wild looking.
Jo Shimoda was very impressive last Saturday, but he still said that he has more potential for speed in the tank. It’ll be interesting to see how he does at the 250 East/West Showdown with the new confidence he has from winning last Saturday.
Jo Shimoda’s Pro Circuit Kawasaki KX250.
Cooper Webb’s Red Bull painted Bell Moto 10 Spherical helmet.
Seth Hammaker probably checking out @motocrossactionmag on instagram.
Jett Lawrence will compete against his older brother Hunter Lawrence in the 250 class this weekend.
Hunter Lawrence watching over his mechanic, Cameron Camera, as he prepares the bike for press day.
It has been a bummer season for Shane McElrath, dealing with a nagging back injury. He only raced two rounds (Orlando 1 & 2) before re-hurting his back that has caused him issues for a few years now.
The HRC Honda pit cart.
Add Mitchell Oldenburg to the list of riders injured in the 250 East division. He was landed on while filling in for the injured Justin Brayton on the Muc-Off Honda CRF450. He joins Austin Forkner, RJ Hampshire, Christian Craig and Max Vohland on the 250 East injured list.
The American flag flies high in the Supercross pits above a gorgeous snow capped mountain backdrop.
Cameron McAdoo has been through the wringer. With two weeks off since Atlanta, it’ll be interesting to see how Cameron holds up in the 250 East/West Shootout.
Although Ken Roczen has crashed while leading the last two races and basically tossed away his hopes of winning the title, we can still look at his results as an improvement over the 2020 season where he related a lot of his struggles to Epstein-Barr health issues.
Michael Mosiman, little brother of MXA’s Josh Mosiman, warming up on a spin bike before press day riding. (Editors note: He needs a hair cut.)
Team Honda HRC test rider Trey Canard keeping Chase Sexton’s seat warm.
Dylan Ferrandis’ mechanic Alex Campbell is excited for Saturday’s finale.
Joey Savatgy was running quick last weekend and said that he felt good. Unfortunately he slid out all on his own while running up front early in the Main Event. Hopefully we can see him battle at the front this weekend.
Mitchell Harrison’s Muc-Off Honda CRF250 is being assembled.
The rest of the parts for Mitchell’s bike.
The KTM Jr. Electric E-5 mini bikes ready for one more race.
A nice 15 gallon drum of VP race gas in the wild.
Justin Barcia’s GasGas MC 450F getting some final touches before press day.
The HRC Honda bikes lined up.