Mercedes took a moment away from holding up Monster cans and heat race signs to pose with a YZ250F ready to be given away in between LCQs.
Blake Wharton, along with most of the Rockstar Suzuki team, is race testing One Industries’ latest gear innovation, Vapor. The Vapor gear made its race debut back at San Diego Supercross with Jason Anderson. Since then, the team has continued to test it. The pant is a pound and a half lighter than traditional pants made with a lot of TPR and cordura-style fabrics. Obviously built for performance, the Vapor gear is definitely focused on the serious racer more so than the occasional rider.
A closer look at Wharton's One Industries feather-lite Vapor pant.
After Kyle Cunningham wrecked one-third of the way through the Lites main, the race was red flagged for a restart. Instead of a full restart from the gate, however, the AMA induced a staggered start. According to section 4.21 of the AMA Rulebook, in the case that "the race is stopped with more than three laps and less than 90% of the total distance completed by the race leader, (rounded down to the nearest whole number of laps/whether it be a Heat, Last Chance Qualifier or Main Event), riders will be restarted from a staggered standing start in the starting area. Riders will be lined up in a staggered formation beginning on the starting straight at a start line located by the first turn, starting with the rider that was in the first position and continuing back towards the starting area. Riders not ready to take their position in line will be placed last. Once all riders are in position, the starter will display a green flag to signal the start.” Ya, we didn’t know that shit, either. Until we read it ourselves, we were convinced somebody was making it up as the night went along.