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We’d argue that the start of the Supercross season truly starts at Phoenix. With so much hype and anticipation surrounding Anaheim 1, it is rarely a true testament to how the season will unfold. Now with Phoenix out of the way, the series can really set itself into full swing. Check out some of bits and pieces we found while roaming the track and paddock of Chase Field.

The Troy Lee Designs squad is off to a good start this season, with Cole Seely putting in the top finishes thus far. Seely finshed fifth at Anaheim, and followed it up with a fourth this weekend in Phoenix. Travis Baker is staying solid with two eighth-place finishes after the first two rounds.
The Troy Lee Designs squad is off to a good start this season, with Cole Seely putting in the top finishes thus far. Seely finshed fifth at Anaheim, and followed it up with a fourth this weekend in Phoenix. Travis Baker is staying solid with two eighth-place finishes after the first two rounds.
The most entertaining part of our weekend was witnessing Vince Friese and Jason Thomas struggle to separate their bikes after they crashed together in the entrance of a rhythm section. We were sure they were going to blows, but after some arguing, slapping and pulling they did manage to free themselves from each other.
The most entertaining part of our weekend was witnessing Vince Friese and Jason Thomas struggle to separate their bikes after they crashed together in the entrance of a rhythm section. We were sure they were going to blows, but after some arguing, slapping and pulling they did manage to free themselves from each other.
Ryan Villopoto's KX450F has long been equipped with carbon Acerbis rotor guards, but we noticed this year the guard protects far more than just the rotor. Now, the carbon covers the whole axle clamp and the brake caliper as well.
Ryan Villopoto's KX450F has long been equipped with carbon Acerbis rotor guards, but we noticed this year the guard protects far more than just the rotor. Now, the carbon covers the whole axle clamp and the brake caliper as well.
The Acerbis parts don't end on the brake side. A carbon piece protects the axle clamp on the non-rotor side too.
The Acerbis parts don't end on the brake side. A carbon piece protects the axle clamp on the non-rotor side too.

Scott is now a few full seasons into the gear game and they are a growing presence in the pits. Check out Austin Stroupe's contoured breathable helmet bag.
Scott is now a few full seasons into the gear game and they are a growing presence in the pits. Check out Austin Stroupe's contoured breathable helmet bag.
Yes, Austin Stroupe did line up this weekend to race… well, at least his heat race. After jumping out to a great start and leading a few laps, Stroupy finished the heat in third. Unfortunately, Stroupe likely torched all of his energy and did not race the main event.
Yes, Austin Stroupe did line up this weekend to race… well, at least his heat race. After jumping out to a great start and leading a few laps, Stroupy finished the heat in third. Unfortunately, Stroupe likely torched all of his energy and did not race the main event.
Tire selection was especially important this weekend. Although the track looked pretty solid and tacky, in reality it was quite slick. Add to it a gnarly sand section, and tire selection had to be puzzling.
Tire selection was especially important this weekend. Although the track looked pretty solid and tacky, in reality it was quite slick. Add to it a gnarly sand section, and tire selection had to be puzzling.
Timmy Ferry is still standing at Trey Canard's side this Supercross season, and it seems to continue doing the trick. Trey has been putting in fast laps these first two rounds, and Phoenix yielded him hi first podium of 2011. Expect to see plenty more of Trey on the podium.
Timmy Ferry is still standing at Trey Canard's side this Supercross season, and it seems to continue doing the trick. Trey has been putting in fast laps these first two rounds, and Phoenix yielded him hi first podium of 2011. Expect to see plenty more of Trey on the podium.
Jimmy Decotis got the call to step in for the injured Wil Hahn this week, and he started his day with some advice from Ryan Hughes shortly after track walk. Ryan did most of the talking, and it would seem Jimmy listened up. He finished 7th in the Lites main event aboard the potent Geico Honda CRF250R. Be sure to check out his interview we posted on Saturday if you haven't already.
Jimmy Decotis got the call to step in for the injured Wil Hahn this week, and he started his day with some advice from Ryan Hughes shortly after track walk. Ryan did most of the talking, and it would seem Jimmy listened up. He finished 7th in the Lites main event aboard the potent Geico Honda CRF250R. Be sure to check out his interview we posted on Saturday if you haven't already.

The pits are pretty cramped in Phoenix, much like some of the indoor paddocks at the East coast rounds. There isn't a ton of room for all of the race trucks, so space is crucial. That said, the teams were held to tight, confined quarters to prep for racing.
The pits are pretty cramped in Phoenix, much like some of the indoor paddocks at the East coast rounds. There isn't a ton of room for all of the race trucks, so space is crucial. That said, the teams were held to tight, confined quarters to prep for racing.
Hunted.
Hunted.
Kevin Windham took some extra time with the AMA to provide some feedback on the track, as well as sight-in a potential transfer jump for opening ceremonies. He lined one up to try, but when the lights were out and he sought it out, he realized some track décor had been put in his way. We still got a patented nose wheelie.
Kevin Windham took some extra time with the AMA to provide some feedback on the track, as well as sight-in a potential transfer jump for opening ceremonies. He lined one up to try, but when the lights were out and he sought it out, he realized some track décor had been put in his way. We still got a patented nose wheelie.
The B and C practice groups don't attract nearly the attention of the A groups, but Jimmy Decotis definitely had plenty of eyes on him when he went out with the rest of the unseeded racers. He didn't have a problem putting up the fast lap in that group.
The B and C practice groups don't attract nearly the attention of the A groups, but Jimmy Decotis definitely had plenty of eyes on him when he went out with the rest of the unseeded racers. He didn't have a problem putting up the fast lap in that group.
Ken Roczen and Josh Hansen threw down some whip sin their practice seasons over the course of the afternoon, and in the process, they battled it out for fastest qualifying time in the Lites. Lil Hanny eventually edged Roczen out for the fast lap.
Ken Roczen and Josh Hansen threw down some whip sin their practice seasons over the course of the afternoon, and in the process, they battled it out for fastest qualifying time in the Lites. Lil Hanny eventually edged Roczen out for the fast lap.

Broc Tickle showed his potential last year aboard a DNA/Shred Stix/Star Yamaha, but he has definitely come into his own on the Pro Circuit bike. He has won the holeshot in both main events so far this season, and would probably have two wins under his belt if it weren't for a couple mistakes. Yet, he still has scored second places in each round and will continue to be a title contender.
Broc Tickle showed his potential last year aboard a DNA/Shred Stix/Star Yamaha, but he has definitely come into his own on the Pro Circuit bike. He has won the holeshot in both main events so far this season, and would probably have two wins under his belt if it weren't for a couple mistakes. Yet, he still has scored second places in each round and will continue to be a title contender.
American Honda Racing's Trey Canard puts in his laps during qualifying, but he still finds a bit of time for goon air-wheelies. We caught this gooned-out masterpiece on the final lap of the first qualifying practice.
American Honda Racing's Trey Canard puts in his laps during qualifying, but he still finds a bit of time for goon air-wheelies. We caught this gooned-out masterpiece on the final lap of the first qualifying practice.
FMF owner and founder Don Emler (shown here chatting with Malcolm McCassy) made the trip out to Phoenix this weekend to check in on the Monster Kawasaki team. They made the switch to FMF exhausts this year, and the Flying Machine Factory couldn't be happier. It also happened to be his son Donnie's 30th birthday, so we are willing to bet he probably helped celebrate that too.
FMF owner and founder Don Emler (shown here chatting with Malcolm McCassy) made the trip out to Phoenix this weekend to check in on the Monster Kawasaki team. They made the switch to FMF exhausts this year, and the Flying Machine Factory couldn't be happier. It also happened to be his son Donnie's 30th birthday, so we are willing to bet he probably helped celebrate that too.
Monster Energy displayed a TV-style news desk in the pits, where commentators put in their two cents throughout the day on the racing action. We were sure to take notes. They definitely know their stuff...
Monster Energy displayed a TV-style news desk in the pits, where commentators put in their two cents throughout the day on the racing action. We were sure to take notes. They definitely know their stuff...
The MotoConcepts Yamaha team has sweet helmet dryers in their semi to extinguish the sweat in their Unit-branded Shoei VFX-Ws. We have seen the Shock Doctor dryers for a few years, but these are their own breed.
The MotoConcepts Yamaha team has sweet helmet dryers in their semi to extinguish the sweat in their Unit-branded Shoei VFX-Ws. We have seen the Shock Doctor dryers for a few years, but these are their own breed.

Apparently Donnie Emler wasn't the only one celebrating a birthday this weekend. Martin Davalos celebrated his own on the 15th.
Apparently Donnie Emler wasn't the only one celebrating a birthday this weekend. Martin Davalos celebrated his own on the 15th.
 The pits were packed this weekend, probably more so because of the relatively small space for the trucks. The Hart & Huntington Dodge Motorsports team definitely had a stacked crowd around it all day.
The pits were packed this weekend, probably more so because of the relatively small space for the trucks. The Hart & Huntington Dodge Motorsports team definitely had a stacked crowd around it all day.
Mitch Payton's Pro Circuit team is starting off to yet another banner year. After sweeping the podium at Anaheim 1, they finished first and second in Phoenix. If this keeps up, they may just sweep the points standings too.
Mitch Payton's Pro Circuit team is starting off to yet another banner year. After sweeping the podium at Anaheim 1, they finished first and second in Phoenix. If this keeps up, they may just sweep the points standings too.
Yes, we were in Phoenix this weekend, but we still managed to spot a 909 frosted cupcake hair-do in the pits. We weren't sure if we should ask for her number or look for a spatula to lick of the extra icing.
Yes, we were in Phoenix this weekend, but we still managed to spot a 909 frosted cupcake hair-do in the pits. We weren't sure if we should ask for her number or look for a spatula to lick of the extra icing.
Hi Dianna.
Hi Dianna.

J-Star Motors, out of Anaheim, California, has helped pro racers drive in style for years now, but they officially stepped up their presence this year with title sponsorship of the JDR Motorsports KTM team. We wonder if every rider gets a car with boomin' rims.
J-Star Motors, out of Anaheim, California, has helped pro racers drive in style for years now, but they officially stepped up their presence this year with title sponsorship of the JDR Motorsports KTM team. We wonder if every rider gets a car with boomin' rims.
The San Manuel Yamaha pits were a virtual fishbowl stacked up with peering fans hoping to get a glimpse of James Stewart or some of his televised entourage. We even saw Eric Sorby scoring some fanfare from the crowd.
The San Manuel Yamaha pits were a virtual fishbowl stacked up with peering fans hoping to get a glimpse of James Stewart or some of his televised entourage. We even saw Eric Sorby scoring some fanfare from the crowd.
Malcolm Stewart was on hand to watch his big brother race. Expect him to be in gear at the east coast rounds under the support of Suzuki City.
Malcolm Stewart was on hand to watch his big brother race. Expect him to be in gear at the east coast rounds under the support of Suzuki City.
Josh Hansen is on a roll. He has clearly possessed the speed for years, but hasn't managed to put it together. He's two for two so far now, and has no intention of losing any time soon.
Josh Hansen is on a roll. He has clearly possessed the speed for years, but hasn't managed to put it together. He's two for two so far now, and has no intention of losing any time soon.
The sand section was a fun section to watch from the floor, but sadly it gobbled up Ken Roczen in the main event. He caught the cover of a tuff block right before the Toyota bridge. It ended his night, but hopefully we will see him back this coming weekend in Dodger Stadium.
The sand section was a fun section to watch from the floor, but sadly it gobbled up Ken Roczen in the main event. He caught the cover of a tuff block right before the Toyota bridge. It ended his night, but hopefully we will see him back this coming weekend in Dodger Stadium.

Broc Tickle jumped out to an early lead in the Lites main event, but he dumped it in a bowl turn just before the whoops, allowing his teammate Josh Hansen to take over the lead.
Broc Tickle jumped out to an early lead in the Lites main event, but he dumped it in a bowl turn just before the whoops, allowing his teammate Josh Hansen to take over the lead.
The JDR team aren't the only squad repping the J-Star Motors name. Chad Reed is also getting support from the Anaheim-based car dealer.
The JDR team aren't the only squad repping the J-Star Motors name. Chad Reed is also getting support from the Anaheim-based car dealer.
Josh Grant wadded up early in his heat race spent the rest of his evening in the Asterisk truck. The rhythm section after the sand gave many riders problems over the course of the day, most of which came to their demise by blowing the turn right after it. Grant, however, stacked it up just before the turn, and left the track in a lot of pain.
Josh Grant wadded up early in his heat race spent the rest of his evening in the Asterisk truck. The rhythm section after the sand gave many riders problems over the course of the day, most of which came to their demise by blowing the turn right after it. Grant, however, stacked it up just before the turn, and left the track in a lot of pain.
Ken Roczen had the cameras in his face after he won his LCQ with an injured heel. He could barely walk, but he still managed to win and make the main event. Unfortunately, his troubles continued in the main.
Ken Roczen had the cameras in his face after he won his LCQ with an injured heel. He could barely walk, but he still managed to win and make the main event. Unfortunately, his troubles continued in the main.
Roczen was clearly in a lot of pain after he wrecked in the sand. He was immediately tended to, and we can only hope he is feeling a better today.
Roczen was clearly in a lot of pain after he wrecked in the sand. He was immediately tended to, and we can only hope he is feeling a better today.

The Top Tech Award went to Ryan Morais' wrench Rene Zapata. Ryan scored the first non-Pro Circuit podium of the season, and his mechanic got a $500 check. Not a bad night for Rockstar Suzuki.
The Top Tech Award went to Ryan Morais' wrench Rene Zapata. Ryan scored the first non-Pro Circuit podium of the season, and his mechanic got a $500 check. Not a bad night for Rockstar Suzuki.
We spotted Josh Grant exiting the Asterisk rig with some crutches to help nurse his knee. Reportedly, X Ray results on his knee came back negative, but he will likely be getting more tests done today.
We spotted Josh Grant exiting the Asterisk rig with some crutches to help nurse his knee. Reportedly, X Ray results on his knee came back negative, but he will likely be getting more tests done today.
James Stewart's Moto-9 always features a Red Bull paint job, but we especially liked this one with the flat finish on it.
James Stewart's Moto-9 always features a Red Bull paint job, but we especially liked this one with the flat finish on it.
Even Kevin Windham couldn't avoid some carnage in the main event. After a decent start and a steady ride, K-Dub felt the wrath of lappers, and got ejected. He elft the track on his own accord, but his night ended early.
Even Kevin Windham couldn't avoid some carnage in the main event. After a decent start and a steady ride, K-Dub felt the wrath of lappers, and got ejected. He left the track on his own accord, but his night ended early.
Had to post it. Sorry Bates.
Had to post it. Sorry Bates.