Monday Kickstart Presented by One Industries – Anaheim II

Photos by Donn Maeda and Jordan Powell

Anaheim 2 is in the record books, and the series heads “East” for a brief stop in Houston, Texas, next weekend for the first round of the Eastern Regional Supercross Lites championship. The temperatures at Angel Stadium for the final Anaheim Supercross of the season were pleasant and warm, and on the track, the action was just as enjoyable. But by now, you’ve seen the race on TV and read race reports everywhere, so here’s all the good stuff that went on in the pits…

Josh Hansen had a big crash in the whoops during practice, and the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider suffered a broken hand and fingers in the spill. Hanny told us later that he was actually knocked unconscious for a bit, but he was cleared to race by the Asterisk Mobile Medical Unit. Hanny's win at A2 could easily be the race that helps him ultimately win the Western Regional Supercross LItes Championship. His mechanic Derek Brush was awarded the MMI Top Tech Award for fixing what you see here.
Josh Hansen had a big crash in the whoops during practice, and the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider suffered a broken hand and fingers in the spill. Hanny told us later that he was actually knocked unconscious for a bit, but he was cleared to race by the Asterisk Mobile Medical Unit. Hanny's win at A2 could easily be the race that helps him ultimately win the Western Regional Supercross LItes Championship. His mechanic Derek Brush was awarded the MMI Top Tech Award for fixing what you see here.
Yeah, kid: after the races are over and we are doing our "How Was Your Weekend?" interviews, we often wonder the same thing.
Yeah, kid: after the races are over and we are doing our "How Was Your Weekend?" interviews, we often wonder the same thing.
We spotted this inspirational message from Tye Simmonds' mechanic on Tye's handlebar pad.
We spotted this inspirational message from Tye Simmonds' mechanic on Tye's handlebar pad.
Valli Motorsports Yamaha's Nick Wey had these cool TCX boots made up just for the A2 race. Sadly, Wey's sore back prevented him from riding and breaking them in during the week prior to A2.
Valli Motorsports Yamaha's Nick Wey had these cool TCX boots made up just for the A2 race. Sadly, Wey's sore back prevented him from riding and breaking them in during the week prior to A2.
Sometimes, the "Hey! Take our picture!" thing actually works. These dudes came all the way from Sweden to root on Rasmus Sjoberg, a Swedish factory Honda rider who has been getting his feet wet at Supercross with the help of American Honda and enzo racing. Unfortunately, Rasmus suffered a compound fracture to his arm last week while training.
Sometimes, the "Hey! Take our picture!" thing actually works. These dudes came all the way from Sweden to root on Rasmus Sjoberg, a Swedish factory Honda rider who has been getting his feet wet at Supercross with the help of American Honda and enzo racing. Unfortunately, Rasmus suffered a compound fracture to his arm last week while training.
Dana Wiggins is Jake Weimer's factory mechanic on the Monster Energy Kawasaki team, but for the time being, he will watch over Fabien Izoird as he fills in for the injured Weimer.
Dana Wiggins is Jake Weimer's factory mechanic on the Monster Energy Kawasaki team, but for the time being, he will watch over Fabien Izoird as he fills in for the injured Weimer.

Everyone got into the pink spirit; even the Rockstar Energy girls. The Moneymaker had some extra pink going on at A2.
Everyone got into the pink spirit; even the Rockstar Energy girls. The Moneymaker had some extra pink going on at A2.
Nick Wey's lettering on his MSR jersey was pink for the occassion, but what we really liked was his butt patch. Just sayin'...
Nick Wey's lettering on his MSR jersey was pink for the occassion, but what we really liked was his butt patch. Just sayin'...
Leatt Brace made Broc Tickle some neck brace graphics with hints of pink in them.
Leatt Brace made Broc Tickle some neck brace graphics with hints of pink in them.
Scott Sports' Bevo Forti really got in the pink spirit. Check his home-made Steelers T...
Scott Sports' Bevo Forti really got in the pink spirit. Check his home-made Steelers T...
Gannon Audette was on hand for Anaheim 2. The DNA Shred Stix/Star/Yamaha rider is set to make his professional debut next week in Houston at the Eastern Regional Supercross Lites Championship opener.
Gannon Audette was on hand for Anaheim 2. The DNA Shred Stix/Star/Yamaha rider is set to make his professional debut next week in Houston at the Eastern Regional Supercross Lites Championship opener.

Motoconcepts Yamaha's Kyle Chisholm had a special helmet, painted up to support the pink theme of the Anaheim 2 Supercross.

Motoconcepts Yamaha's Kyle Chisholm had a special helmet, painted up to support the pink theme of the Anaheim 2 Supercross.
Chizzy was excited to show us the back of the helmet, where he has some "call outs" to his crew. We liked the "Miley" in the bottom of the H.
Chizzy was excited to show us the back of the helmet, where he has some "call outs" to his crew. We liked the "Miley" in the bottom of the H.

Hey Nick, since the Rockstar Girls only wore the pink pants at A2, maybe you can score a slightly used pair for Nicole... Just sayin'.
Hey Nick, since the Rockstar Girls only wore the pink pants at A2, maybe you can score a slightly used pair for Nicole... Just sayin'.
 David Vuillemin seems to be doing a great job in his role as Motoconcepts Yamaha Team Manager. As a racer, DV was always great to work with and it looks like he is still keeping it fun.
David Vuillemin seems to be doing a great job in his role as Motoconcepts Yamaha Team Manager. As a racer, DV was always great to work with and it looks like he is still keeping it fun.
Former mechanic for Jason Lawrence and Grant Langston, Masa Ito (second from left) now works as Brand Manager for Dirt Freak, a Japanese company that produces the Zeta and DRC accessory brands. Masa and his crew were in Anaheim to deliver some products to the teams that DF supports, as well as to recruit new teams and riders for 2012. We miss seeing Masa's smiling face at the races every weekend.
Former mechanic for Jason Lawrence and Grant Langston, Masa Ito (second from left) now works as Brand Manager for Dirt Freak, a Japanese company that produces the Zeta and DRC accessory brands. Masa and his crew were in Anaheim to deliver some products to the teams that DF supports, as well as to recruit new teams and riders for 2012. We miss seeing Masa's smiling face at the races every weekend.
AP Designs painted Ryav Villopoto a special pink-themed helmet, just for A2.
AP Designs painted Ryav Villopoto a special pink-themed helmet, just for A2.
The Dodge Motorsports/Hart and Huntington team also had special helmets painted up for Chris Blose and Ivan Tedesco.
The Dodge Motorsports/Hart and Huntington team also had special helmets painted up for Chris Blose and Ivan Tedesco.
Dodge Motorsports had this cool pink Charger on display next to the H&H pits. Like the bike plastics, rider gear and helmets, this will be up for auction on the Hart and Huntington website next week to help raise money for breast cancer research.
Dodge Motorsports had this cool pink Challenger on display next to the H&H pits. Like the bike plastics, rider gear and helmets, this will be up for auction on the Hart and Huntington website next week to help raise money for breast cancer research.

aSmith Optics had a huge rig at Anaheim that they used to display all of their products.
Smith Optics had a huge rig at Anaheim that they used to display all of their products.
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Hanging out in the pits is what a lot of fans look forward to on Saturday, but without the people that set it all up on Friday, none of this would be possible.
Saturday was dedicated to breast cancer awareness, and everyone went pink to support the cause. From gear, to goggles, to boots, and even bikes, everyone was there to support.
Saturday was dedicated to breast cancer awareness, and everyone went pink to support the cause. From gear, to goggles, to boots, and even bikes, everyone was there to support.
One of the teams that were decked out, and probably the best looking that night, was the Hart & Huntington/Dodge Motorsport team. Most teams were running pink graphics, but they went all out and sported some custom painted plastics.
One of the teams that were decked out, and probably the best looking that night, was the Hart & Huntington/Dodge Motorsport team. Most teams were running pink graphics, but they went all out and sported some custom painted plastics.
Hammerhead Designs also made some custom shift lever and brake levers for the race on Saturday.
Hammerhead Designs also made some custom shift lever and brake levers for the race on Saturday.
The Monster Energy "Party In The Pits" was really cool during the day, but at night, well that was a different story. With tons of cans of Monster, a DJ making some beats, and some Monster Energy green lights, it was the place to be.
The Monster Energy "Party In The Pits" was really cool during the day, but at night, well that was a different story. With tons of cans of Monster, a DJ making some beats, and some Monster Energy green lights, it was the place to be.

Alpinestars had a huge booth set up just for the public. Once inside, people could pick out the boot that they liked best and try them on to see if they liked them.
Alpinestars had a huge booth set up just for the public. Once inside, people could pick out the boot that they liked best and try them on to see if they liked them.
Breast Assured Foundation was raffling off prizes all day in order to get people to donate to the cause.
Breast Assured Foundation was raffling off prizes all day in order to get people to donate to the cause.
...and they used any tactic to get your attention. These ladies were hard at work all day so that they could get some donations.
...and they used any tactic to get your attention. These ladies were hard at work all day so that they could get some donations.
They also went around with a boot to collect some dollars.
They also went around with a boot to collect some dollars.
Kyle Cunningham had a pretty good day. In the heat race, Cunningham got the holeshot and led from start to finish. He was unable to get the same start in the main, but he was able to move through the pack and finish fifth for the night.
Kyle Cunningham had a pretty good day. In the heat race, Cunningham got the holeshot and led from start to finish. He was unable to get the same start in the main, but he was able to move through the pack and finish fifth for the night.
Besides walking from pit to pit to get some autographs, people also had many options for some fun activities. Here, people competed for prizes by changing tires. It may seem easy, but when people were under a stopwatch, a lot of people messed up.
Besides walking from pit to pit to get some autographs, people also had many options for some fun activities. Here, people competed for prizes by changing tires. It may seem easy, but when people were under a stopwatch, a lot of people messed up.

Motoconcept's Kyle Chisholm had a night that we would rather forget. After walking away from a pretty scary crash in his first practice, he crashed two more times during his main.
Motoconcept's Kyle Chisholm had a night that we would rather forget. After walking away from a pretty scary crash in his first practice, he crashed two more times during his main. Even after all of that, he finished with a respectable 14th place.
Rockstar Suzuki's Ryan Morais and his teammate Martin Davalos had on some custom One Industries gear for Saturday night.
Rockstar Suzuki's Ryan Morais and his teammate Martin Davalos had on some custom One Industries gear for Saturday night.
When his chain derailed during the main event, Ryan Dungey had no other option but to walk back to the pits.
When his chain derailed during the main event, Ryan Dungey had no other option but to walk back to the pits.
Dungey's mechanic, Mike Gosselaar, made the choice by not putting the chain back on. It would have been pretty risky if he put it back on and it derailed again.
Dungey's mechanic, Mike Gosselaar, made the choice by not putting the chain back on. It would have been pretty risky if he put it back on and it derailed again.
Valli Motorsport's Austin Stroupe made it out to Anaheim to practice, but he was still feeling the injuries from Oakland and he made the decision to not race.
Valli Motorsport's Austin Stroupe made it out to Anaheim to practice, but he was still feeling the injuries from Oakland and he made the decision to not race.
Another rider that is still recovering is Motoconcept's Tommy Hahn. Hahn is still out due to an injury, but he hopes to be back within the next couple weeks.
Another rider that is still recovering is Motoconcept's Tommy Hahn. Hahn is still out due to an injury, but he hopes to be back within the next couple weeks.

Truth MX's Bryce Vallee's bike was on display, but he was unable to race.
Truth MX's Bryce Vallee's bike was on display, but he was unable to race.
The reason: Vallee had a broken scaphoid before the season started, but his doctor thought it was all healed. After stuggling with the pain in the first few rounds, he went back to the doctor's and they told him that his wrist had been broken the whole time. He's scheduled for surgery next week, and we look forward to seeing him back on the track.
The reason: Vallee had a broken scaphoid before the season started, but his doctor thought it was all healed. After stuggling with the pain in the first few rounds, he went back to the doctor's and they told him that his wrist had been broken the whole time. He's scheduled for surgery next week, and we look forward to seeing him back on the track.
DRD had some custom pipes for their riders on Saturday. Besides the pink end cap, the ring on the end of the cap read "Save The Bobbies"
DRD had some custom pipes for their riders on Saturday. Besides the pink end cap, the ring on the end of the cap read "Save The Boobies"
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Tyla Rattray injured his back during press day, and he was incapable of riding on Saturday. When we saw him walking through the pits, he looked to be hunched over and in a lot of pain.
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Tyla Rattray injured his back during press day, and he was incapable of riding on Saturday. When we saw him walking through the pits, he looked to be hunched over and in a lot of pain.
San Manuel's Kyle Regal was forced into the LCQ, where he won, but after a collision in the main, he placed 11th. The next stop in the Monster Energy Supercross, though, is in his home state of Texas, and he's looking forward to a better finish there.
San Manuel's Kyle Regal was forced into the LCQ, where he won, but after a collision in the main, he placed 11th. The next stop in the Monster Energy Supercross, though, is in his home state of Texas, and he's looking forward to a better finish there.
DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing/Yamaha's Ryan Sipes was out at Anaheim last weekend signing autographs, but you won't be seeing him race until next weekend when the series makes a stop in Houston, Texas.
DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing/Yamaha's Ryan Sipes was out at Anaheim last weekend signing autographs, but you won't be seeing him race until next weekend when the series makes a stop in Houston, Texas.

The pits were flooded with people when there weren't any practices going on...
The pits were flooded with people when there weren't any practices going on...
PJ Larsen was crowned the 2010 Australian Supercross Lites Champion in 2010, and now he's made his way back to the states to race in the Monster Energy Supercross series. Keep your eyes on the JDR KTM rider next weekend in Houston.
PJ Larsen was crowned the 2010 Australian Supercross Lites Champion in 2010, and now he's made his way back to the States to race in the Monster Energy Supercross series. Keep your eyes on the JDR KTM rider next weekend in Houston.
Chad Reed had another great weekend, and he took his Team Two Two Motorsport's Honda onto the podium for the second weekend in a row.
Chad Reed had another great weekend, and he took his Team Two Two Motorsport's Honda onto the podium for the second weekend in a row.
Some of the best food at the races comes straight out of the team rigs. Eli's mom, Kathy Tomac, made some great steak and chicken fajitas for everyone on the team.
Some of the best food at the races comes straight out of the team rigs. Eli's mom, Kathy Tomac, made some great steak and chicken fajitas for everyone on the team.
Eli had on some cool pink Fox gear at Anahim. This stuff isn't available to the public just yet, but it will be soon.
Eli had on some cool pink Fox gear at Anahim. This stuff isn't available to the public just yet, but it will be soon.
Wil Hahn has been out ever since the first race at Anaheim 1 with a broken back, but when we asked him how he's been doing at Saturday's race, he said that all is well.
Wil Hahn has been out ever since the first race at Anaheim 1 with a broken back, but when we asked him how he's been doing at Saturday's race, he said that all is well.

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Muscle Milk/Toyota/JGRMX showed their breast cancer awareness support by throwing on some pink graphics on Davi Millsaps and Justin Brayton's bikes.
Muscle Milk/Toyota/JGRMX showed their breast cancer awareness support by throwing on some pink graphics on Davi Millsaps and Justin Brayton's bikes.
Here's another look at their bikes.
Here's another look at their bikes.
Until Jake Weimer makes his return, Fabien Izoird is his replacement. Izoird has two titles in both the French Supercross Championship, and the European Supercross Championship. Saturday night was his first race for Kawasaki, and he finished 19th in the highly competitve 450 class.
Until Jake Weimer makes his return, Fabien Izoird is his replacement. Izoird has two titles in both the French Supercross Championship, and the European Supercross Championship. Saturday night was his first race for Kawasaki, and he finished 19th in the highly competitve 450 class.
Since 1970, Selle Dalla Valle has been making high quality seats for many different types of motorcycles. Red Bull KTM uses their seats for all of their bikes on the team.
Since 1970, Selle Dalla Valle has been making high quality seats for many different types of motorcycles. Red Bull KTM uses their seats for all of their bikes on the team.
Renthal was another pink supporter for A2. A lot of teams that run Renthal bars had some sort of pink crossbar pad on their bikes.
Renthal was another pink supporter for A2. A lot of teams that run Renthal bars had some sort of pink crossbar pad on their bikes.

Unlike other gear companies, Mike Alessi's Alpinestar's gear is completely custom. Even his name and number is printed onto his jersey.
Unlike other gear companies, Mike Alessi's Alpinestar's gear is completely custom. Even his name and number is printed onto his jersey.
Milestone MX's privateer Tanner Reidman has been putting a solid ride all season long, but when he cased a triple while practicing last week, he broke both his radius and ulna.
Milestone MX's privateer Tanner Reidman has been putting in a solid ride all season long, but when he cased a triple while practicing last week, he broke both his radius and ulna.
We're not really sure about this one. Guess the security guard decided to get some exercise in.
We're not really sure about this one. Guess the security guard decided to get some exercise in.
Blake Wharton has been out in California testing with the Geico Powersports Honda team, and he will finally be able to showcase his speed next weekend in Houston.
Blake Wharton has been out in California testing with the Geico Powersports Honda team, and he will finally be able to showcase his speed next weekend in Houston.
DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing/Yamaha's Nick Paluzzi had a great heat race, but he DNF'd the race after he crashed hard in the whoops. He's doing well, though, and he's looking forward to San Diego.
DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing/Yamaha's Nick Paluzzi had a great heat race, but he DNF'd the race after he crashed hard in the whoops and suffered a concussion. He's doing well, though, and he's looking forward to San Diego.
Every Saturday morning before practice starts, riders are required to attend a rider's meeting where officials go over track rules.
Every Saturday morning before practice starts, riders are required to attend a rider's meeting where officials go over track rules.

Afterwards, there is a chapel service that has a morning prayer.
Afterwards, there is a chapel service that has a morning prayer for the riders.
Martin Davalos started running 2XU Compression Suits before the Supercross season started, and he says that he likes what it does for him. The tight suit helps him from cramping up when he rides, and it helps him last longer.
Martin Davalos started running 2XU Compression Suits before the Supercross season started, and he says that he likes what it does for him. The tight suit helps him from cramping up when he rides, and it helps him last longer.
Enzo's Ross Maeda was out at the track on Saturday making sure that all of his riders liked their suspension setup.
Enzo's Ross Maeda was out at the track on Saturday making sure that all of his riders liked their suspension setup.
Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda was down to one rider Saturday night when Travis Baker clipped the tunnel during practice, and he reportedly broke two fingers in his left hand.
Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda was down to one rider Saturday night when Travis Baker clipped the tunnel during practice, and he reportedly broke two fingers in his left hand.
Rockstar Suzuki's Ian Trettel (behind Davalos) is also an East Coast rider that will be making his Supercross debut next weekend in Houston, Texas. Trettel already made his pro debut at Southwick last year where he finished 14th.
Rockstar Suzuki's Ian Trettel (behind Davalos) is also an East Coast rider that will be making his Supercross debut next weekend in Houston, Texas. Trettel already made his pro debut at Southwick last year where he finished 14th.
Eli Tomac probably had the best Supercross race of the season at Anaheim on Saturday. Not only did he make it onto the podium again, but he also battled with Josh Hansen for a few laps.
Eli Tomac probably had the best Supercross race of the season at Anaheim on Saturday. Not only did he make it onto the podium again, but he also battled with Josh Hansen for a few laps.

Ever since David Pingree left his postion as Team Manager for the Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda team, Tyler Keefe had some pretty big shoes to fill. So far, Keefe has been handling everything quite well, and he also got a win under his belt when Cole Seely won in Los Angeles.
Ever since David Pingree left his postion as Team Manager for the Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda team, Tyler Keefe had some pretty big shoes to fill. So far, Keefe has been handling everything quite well, and he also got a win under his belt when Cole Seely won in Los Angeles.
Jason Thomas is a busy guy. Here' he phones in an order for some parts with BTP Sports.
Jason Thomas is a busy guy. Here' he phones in an order for some parts with BTO Sports.
Dean Baker (left) and Mike Williamson have a chat before the racing gets underway. Baker is the motorman for JGR Yamaha, while Williamson in RV';s factory mechanic. Baker used to handle the engines for Team Monster Energy Kawasaki before moving to the Joe Gibbs team.
Dean Baker (left) and Mike Williamson have a chat before the racing gets underway. Baker is the motorman for JGR Yamaha, while Williamson in RV';s factory mechanic. Baker used to handle the engines for Team Monster Energy Kawasaki before moving to the Joe Gibbs team.
Check out these sweet "Pink" Bull Troy Lee helmets!
Check out these sweet "Pink" Bull Troy Lee helmets!