BEST IN THE PITS GALLERY | 2019 HANGTOWN NATIONAL

Shane McElrath_2019 Hangtown Best in the pits-17A brand new FMF exhaust is always a great sight. 

BEST IN THE PITS GALLERY FROM THE HANGTOWN NATIONAL

The switch from Supercross to motocross happens quickly. For most riders, they are happy to have a fresh start and a brand new season to improve their results. But there are still some who are tired after racing Supercross and want a break, or they won the Championship and they want to celebrate. But whether you like it or not, Hangtown is here and its time to go racing outdoors. This means more work for the mechanics as the motos are longer, rougher and harder on bikes with minimal time in between each race to prepare the bikes. The new series also brings about a lot of changes to the bikes because the set ups are completely different from Supercross. The weather will also play a huge factor in bike set up. It has rained quite a bit this week and it’s expected to rain hard in Sacramento during the motos. We scoured the pits on Friday while it was still dry to see what the teams did to prepare their bikes for the Hangtown mud.

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Blake Baggett uses an oversize gas tank for outdoors while his teammate Justin Bogle is still using a stock tank. The two riders have completely different riding styles. Blake is aggressive on the throttle which translates into a lower MPG.

Justin Bogle_2019 Hangtown Best in the pits-11Justin Bogle’s fuel tank looks tiny compared to Baggett’s.

Blake Baggett_2019 Hangtown Best in the pits-4Blake admires the updated Dunlop MX-11 mud tire before he suits up for press day.

Blake Baggett_2019 Hangtown Best in the pits-4Blake Baggett’s bike has a neat adjustable pull rod.

Blake Baggett_2019 Hangtown Best in the pits-4Blake Baggett’s WP Super Trax Shock. The factory KTM and Husqvarna guys have been using this shock all season, but it recently just became available to the public through your local WP dealer.

Shane McElrath_2019 Hangtown Best in the pits-17Shane McElrath is happy to be back at the races.

Eli Tomac_2019 Hangtown Best in the pits-14Eli Tomac will run the red number one plate at Hangtown signifying that he is the reigning 450 Outdoor Champion.

Eli Tomac_2019 Hangtown Best in the pits-14Tomac’s Pro Circuit header has the resonance chamber in an interesting location. 

Joey Savatgy_2019 Hangtown Best in the pits-8The factory Kawasaki team also has some neat oil coolers. 

Eli Tomac_2019 Hangtown Best in the pits-14Eli’s bike also has a brake snake connecting the rear brake lever to the bike so the brake won’t get bent in deep ruts and foam packed in behind the foot peg to keep mud out. 

Joey Savatgy_2019 Hangtown Best in the pits-8Joey Savatgy isn’t racing this weekend, but his bike was still on display. 

Eli Tomac_2019 Hangtown Best in the pits-13It’s the little things that complete the look.

Joey Savatgy_2019 Hangtown Best in the pits-8More cool details on the Kawasaki bikes.

Justin Barcia_2019 Hangtown Best in the pits-4Justin Barcia is happy to be back at the races.

Dean Ferris_2019 Hangtown Best in the pits-5Dean Ferris came over from Australia to fill-in for the injured Aaron Plessinger on the factory Monster Energy Yamaha team.

Yamaha golf cart_2019 Hangtown Best in the pits-6Even Team Yamaha’s golf cart is factory.

Adam Cianciarulo_2019 Hangtown Best in the pitsAdam Cianciarulo’s Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki is ready for the start of a new season.

Martin Davalos_2019 Hangtown Best in the pits-17Martin Davalos warming up for practice with a light spin.

Adam Cianciarulo_2019 Hangtown Best in the pitsAdam had to make sure that his mechanic put his grip tape on correctly.

Shane McElrath_2019 Hangtown Best in the pits-17Shane McElrath’s Troy Lee Designs Red Bull KTM.

Shane McElrath_2019 Hangtown Best in the pits-17 Check out this new FMF exhaust guard that the Troy Lee KTM and Star Racing Yamaha teams are using. 

Shane McElrath_2019 Hangtown Best in the pits-17Shane McElrath, Mitchell Falk and Derek Drake all like the FMF header that is longer and dips down in the front. 

Jordon Smith_2019 Hangtown Best in the pits-20Jordon Smith is the only Troy Lee designs rider who chooses to use the short head pipe. 

Troy Lee KTM 2019 Hangtown Best in the pits-25The Troy Lee Designs Red Bull KTM team has four riders under their tent at Hangtown and they are still missing one. Sean Cantrell is currently recovering from a wrist injury and hopes to be back racing soon. 

Derek Drake_2019 Hangtown Best in the pits-23The rookie, Derek Drake is excited to make his Pro debut at Hangtown. 

Hunter Falk_2019 Hangtown Best in the pits-21Mitchell Falk’s older brother, Hunter Falk is his full-time mechanic. They have a pretty cool deal going on with both of them living out their dream jobs.

Rockstar Husqvarna 2019 Hangtown Best in the pits-19The Rockstar Husqvarna guys are starting a collection.

Martin Davalos_2019 Hangtown Best in the pits-17Martin Davalos’ KX250.

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