BEST IN THE PITS & PRESS DAY RIDING | 2021 HOUSTON SUPERCROSS 1
Things have officially kicked off at the 2021 Houston Supercross 1 and our Best in the Pits gallery is here to give you an behind the scenes look at what’s happening in the Supercross paddock at the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. It feels very weird that Round one of the series is starting off inside of a rectangular football stadium instead of the typical outdoor diamond shaped layout we always have at the Anaheim Angels stadium. Although it’s weird, we’re very excited Supercross is back and we can’t wait to see the long list of competitors like Eli Tomac, Ken Roczen, Cooper Webb, Jason Anderson, Justin Barcia and more battle out for the 450SX title. In the 250 class, we have Austin Forkner, Jett Lawrence, Christian Craig, Michael Mosiman and more set to do battles as well. MXA is in Houston, Texas, capturing all of the action from the paddock and the track. For more coverage of the Houston Supercross, click the link below.
Photos by Brian Converse
Ken Roczen is back to the races after taking the summer off.
Cooper Webb’s Red Bull KTM gets a shock change just before press day riding.
The Champ is in the building.
Eli Tomac and Adam Ciancarulo scoping out the track.
Unfortunately with the Covid-19 restrictions our photographer Brian Converse couldn’t any closer than this to Justin Barcia’s GasGas MC 450F. The side wall on the Troy Lee Designs tent blocked our camera from seeing the air shock up close. Learn more about Justin’s new air shock by clicking here.
Chase Sexton in focus mode with his new Monster helmet.
Joey Savatgy’s Rocky Mountain KTM. So far we haven’t heard any credible news on Blake Baggett’s racing status. MXA reached out to him, but he said that he couldn’t speak on his current plans for the future.
Justin Barcia moments before it was time to ride press day.
Cooper Webb and mechanic Carlos Rivera talking strategy.
Ken Roczen looks comfortable on the 2021 Honda CRF450.
Cooper Webb waiting to hit the track for press day. Masks are mandatory for everyone at Supercross and all of the riders and crew members have to take a Covid-19 rapid test before entering the pits. Luckily, the test goes by quickly and easily.
Michael Mosiman will debut the Troy Lee Designs GasGas in the 250SX class this weekend.
Max Vohland’s Red Bull KTM 250SXF.
Chase Sexton on the charge during press day.
Max Vohland has a custom mask with his logo on it. If you gotta wear one, might as well promote yourself while doing it.
After the JGR MX team folded, the HEP team gained factory support from Suzuki. Brandon Hartranft will make his 450 debut this Saturday in Houston.
Jett Lawrence will race the 250SX East division on his HRC Honda CRF250 and his brother Hunter will race 250SX West.
The Star Racing Yamaha pit.
Michael Mosiman and his mechanic check out the track before the 250 press riding session began.
Austin Forkner crashed at the 2020 Supercross season finale and missed the entire Pro Motocross season, but he’s back healthy and racing 250SX East this season.
Dylan Ferrandis’ Star Racing Yamaha YZ450F.
Some things never change, Justin Bogle still having fun on his motorcycle in 2021.
Aaron Plessinger’s Star Racing Yamaha YZ450F.
Mitchell Oldenburg debuting the new Fly Racing Lite gear in Houston.
Malcolm Stewart on his new Star Racing Yamaha YZ450F.
Broc Tickle and his new MCR Honda.
The front of Cooper Webb’s rig.
Dylan Ferrandis mid-scrub.
It’ll take some time to get used to seeing Christian Craig riding a Yamaha.
Eli Tomac stated in the pre-race press conference that he is running the same bike setup he finished with at the 2020 Salt Lake City Supercross and he thinks this will be advantage over those who are riding completely new models this year.
Justin Barcia and Houston soil flying together through the air.
Joey Savatgy is rocking the new FMF goggles this weekend.
Chase Sexton’s HRC Honda CRF450.
Marvin Musquin is happy to be back racing Supercross after missing the entire 2020 season due to a knee injury.
The MotoConcepts Honda team has four riders, Shane McElrath, Broc Tickle, Benny Bloss and Vince Friese. For this season, Vince is the only rider on the 2021 CRF450 while the others are still riding 2020 models. The team says that they don’t have enough time on the new model and they don’t have enough bikes or parts to go racing on it for 2021, so they stuck with the 2020 model. But, Vince Friese does like the new CRF450, so they’re letting. him race it this year and develop it for the future seasons.
Dylan Ferrandis is in Houston although he just recently got back on the bike after breaking his hand at the beginning of December.
Justin Barcia looks comfortable. It’ll be interesting to see how he does when the gate drops.
RJ Hampshire will represent the Rockstar Husqvarna team in the East Coast 250 division.
The red and green go well together.
Mitchell Oldenburg’s Muc-Off Honda. Remember the Penrite Honda team from last year? This is them with a new title sponsor.
Martin Davalos’ Team Tedder Monster Energy KTM.
Jo Shimoda’s new look after switching from Geico Honda to Pro Circuit Kawasaki.
The all red look on Michael Mosiman and Justin Barcia really stands out.
Marvin Musquin’s mechanic Frankie Latham.
Marvin Musquin doing an iPhone interview.
Jett Lawrence stretching out his CRF250.
Up close on the first factory Red Bull KTM 250SXF, Max Vohland’s machine.