shots and caps: Antonovich
The attention to detail for a top-notch mechanic doesn't stop at the bike.
It is kind of sickening to know that was a fresh exhaust placed up there, instead of a tweaked pipe from the scrap bin.
The Edison Dye Cup was presented to Ryan Villopoto and the Kawasaki squad once RV clinched the title. The trophy will be held at the Kawi headquarters until next year, where it will then be given back and passed to the next 450 class champion.
Rockstar/Valli Motorsports Yamaha rider Nico Izzi was awarded the RC Hard Charger Award after his performance in last week's second moto at Steel City. Izzi again showed remarkable speed in his second race aboard the 450, qualifying in 6th place and notching a 7-35 finish for 13th overall.
These pressurized canisters are used by a handful of teams in the pits when it is time to wash the bikes. Not only do they work better than the small spray bottles that you can grab at the dealership, but they are also way more sano looking.
Off to the side of the TwoTwo Motorsports rig, Skullcandy was in full force handing out various goodies with the skull insignia.
Villopoto's bike ran the customary Monster graphics for practice and the first moto, but received a USA make over for the second moto.
RV and crew had them sweet iPhone covers made up earlier in the season and planned to sell them on his website. But somewhere along the lines that plan was scrapped and those who waited in line to get an autograph were able to snag one for free.
Chad Reed's wife and son, Ellie and Tate, had an impromptu play date with Josh Grant's wife and son, Ashley and Wyatt, in the Honda pit.
After his vicious get off at Washougal, it was nice to see Trey Canard around the paddock.
The dirt lot of the Pala pit area turned into a mud fest once the pressure washers came out. Even though many teams lay out tarps to keep their respective areas dry, the resulting runoff lead to more than a few small river crossings.
Things that make a successful marriage: Giving your wife the nice truck instead of a kidnapper van.
Also back at the races was Red Bull KTM rider Andrew Short, who is on the mend after a crash during testing sidelined him for the remaining races of the year. Check back soon for an interview with Shorty and hear his plans for next year.
KTM employee and TWMX test rider Mike Sleeter made the big show at Pala. Sleetdawg came off the couch and rode the 350 to 28-24 scores and 32nd overall.
Though Ivan Tedesco was signed to a SX only deal for 2011, he was still in attendance at Pala. He was seen chatting with longtime friend Tommy Hahn and former team manger Jon Mitcheff.
With Jimmy Albertson, Nico Izzi, Ricky Dietrich, and Nick Wey under the Valli canopy this weekend, it seemed crowded at times. While we have not heard details as to who is going where next season, Wey tweeted on Friday that it was his final weekend aboard the Yamaha.
Justin Barcia has shown he has what it takes to run up front with the 450 class, winning motos this year and leading both races at Pala before being overtaken in the final moments. He will be a threat when he makes the leap full time.
For the second moto, Blake Baggett, Ryan Dungey, and Ryan Villopoto, broke out the special graphics and gear they will wear as the compete in the MX des Nations for Team USA in St. Jean D'Angley, France.
Pala signaled the end of many rider-team pairings. Malcolm Stewart and the ARMA Suzuki City team had an impressive rookie season, but word is that they will not be together next season.
After being collected with Darryn Durham off the start of the first moto, Broc Tickle charged through the field to finish in 19th. After the two picked their bikes up and remounted, the fans cheered them on for the duration of the 30 minutes plus 2 laps, and both climbed back into the top 20.
Blake Baggett's MXdN Thor kit.
After getting together with the BTO Sports Suzuki team very late in the summer, Kyle Regal showed his prowess for the outdoor terrain. We talked with Regal early in the morning and he mentioned not having a ride for 2012. But after an impressive 6th place overall, we think that may change soon.
The much anticipated news the Ryan Dungey would be leaving the Rockstar Makita Suzuki team was released early Monday morning. The rumor mill is now at full speed as many speculate where the free agent will land.
If you haven't already, you should check out the videos the guys at TLD have put out all season.
Colton Facciotti filled the vacant 450 left after Christian Craig's summer ending injury. The Canadian champion lead for a spell in Saturday's first moto, but a crash off the start resulted in a DNF. Nevertheless, he caught the eyes of many.
After clinching the title, the PC guys gave Dean Wilson and his mechanic Paul Perebijnos this stand, adorned with Wilson's newly earned number one.
Though an injury in Texas killed Marvin Musquin's title hopes, he has been speedy upon his return to the tour, scoring another top three overall this weekend. After des Nations, you can spot the Frenchman at Corona, CA's Coldstone Creamery.
The relationship between Mitch Payton and Ben Townley has been close since Townley first stepped on American soil, raced under the PC tent, and went back to Europe to ride for Mitch's UK team.
With the des Nations being scheduled unusually early this year, many teams are scrambling to get their bikes assembled and shipped away in time. While many took Labor Day off, the guys at Pro Circuit clocked in back to back twelve hour days to get things in order. While they typically build separate bikes for the occasion, they were already cleaning and prepping the bikes to be crated for France.
Factory Connection Christian Kibby rolled into Pala aboard this beautiful retro Honda 750.
After winning her third WMA championship, this banner awaited Ashley Fiolek back at the Honda trailer.