BEST IN THE PITS (UPDATED) | 2021 HOUSTON SUPERCROSS 2
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.