Monday Kickstart Presented By ONE Industries – Anaheim 1 SX

Holy sh@*, the 2011 Supercross season is here! Anaheim 1 definitely lived up to the hype, and it seems we have an exciting season ahead of us. As you can imagine, we submersed ourselves in the sights and sounds inside Angel Stadium all day and night, and we have it all for you in the subsequent pages. Check out all of the photos, and be sure to check out our new race day feature, Behind Bars, which takes a closer look into the pros’ bikes through the eyes of their mechanic. This week, we have James Stewart’s Behind Bars, Chad Reed’s Behind Bars, and Broc Tickle’s Behind Bars.

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One of the first guys we ran into inside the Angels Stadium pits is our old friend Chris "Dang" McAvoy. Formerly Team Manager of the now defunct Yamaha of Troy and J-Law Racing teams, Dang is now a member of San Manuel/Red Bull/Yamaha, where he looks after Kyle Regal's bikes and works between the team and Yamaha. It's good to see that McAvoy landed a sweet gig after J-Law Racing tanked.

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We spied Valli Motorsports Yamaha mechanic Phil Perry drilling holes in the fuel tank brackets of Nick Wey's Yamaha YZ450F. At first, we joked that he was taking extreme measures to cut weight...

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...but it was, actually, to help hold the fuel tank cowlings of Wey's Yamaha YZ450F in place. "Nick grips so hard with his knees, that he can actually pull them off the bike," said Perry. "I run a little safety wire to keep them in place."

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Austin Stroupe's mechanic Keith Burns is in his second year with the Valli Motorsports Yamaha team and, like McAvoy, is an alumni of the Yamaha of Troy squad. Burnsy is one of the coolest guys in the pits.

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Supercross lives on Speed, but the riders are anonymous.

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Ken Roczen's Red Bull KTM 250SX-F is equipped with a KTM accessory electric start. We tried to take a peek at the weigh in results, but team engine builder Ian Harrison nabbed the bike off the stand before we could. Afterwards, he was smug and tight lipped about it.

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Belgian MX1 World Championship contender Clement DeSalle was on hand as a spectator at Anaheim 1. The "MX Panda" is in California for a week of testing and training, but has no plans of getting his feet wet in American Supercross.

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Gazillion-time World Champion Stefan Everts, too, was on hand in Anaheim. Everts has been instrumental in the KTM racing program since joining the Austrian manufacturer.

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AP Designs was in the house, painting helmets in Monster Energy Village. Each week, one lucky winner gets to leave the races with a custom-painted Monster Energy replica helmet.

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Team Hart and Huntington/Dodge Motorsports had a Josh Hill's Kawasaki KX450F race bike on display at Anaheim. Hill is still recovering from the compartment syndrome he suffered in his left calf, following his horrific backflip crash back in July. Hill's right femur and humerus are all healed up, but he is still working to regain feeling and movement in his left leg. "It's getting better," said Hill. "I am doing therapy several times per week with Doc G and I see improvements all the time. I've been riding more and more, and having a lot of fun. I am supposed to get a bike from the team soon, and then it's on!"

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Everything in the Hart and Huntington/Dodge Motorsports pits has graphics...even the ice chest!

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The valve covers on the Hart and Huntington bikes are anodized red and emblazoned with the Dodge Motorsports logo. The red hits on the H&H bikes are to match Dodge Motorsports' corporate black/red/white colorway.

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Kyle Bentley wrenched for Christophe Pourcel last year on the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team, but he made the move to the Hart and Huntington/Dodge Motorsports team. Bentley works between the team and Pro Circuit, who handles the team's engine building and suspension tuning, and also maintain's Ivan Tedesco's practice bikes.

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Check out the kill button placement on Ivan Tedesco's Kawasaki KX450F! "When we were testing one day, Ivan told me his engine was trying to cut out," said his California mechanic Kyle Bentley. "I got on it, fired it up and rode it around, but couldn't get it to do anything odd. We figured out that Ivan's hand was actually hitting the kill button in certain sections of the track. Ever since we spun it around, he's had no troubles."

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Pro Circuit's Tyla Rattray made his Supercross debut this weekend, and he definitely made a splash. He finished third in the main event, becoming 1/3 of a Pro Circuit podium sweep. We must say we were pleasantly surprised with his breakout performance, especially considering his wad-up in earlier in the day during practice.

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Scott Sports' Kevin Strikwerda showed us Trey Canard's custom signature goggle, which is not to be confused with Strikwerda's signature stare-down.

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Here is another look at Trey's signature Scott Hustle goggle.

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Pirelli tires and JGRMX have created a unique partnership that includes exclusivity with the race team, as well as JGRMX's support of all of the amateur Nationals. The Muscle Milk Toyota squad is serving as Pirelli's American motocross racing effort and is also spearheading new research and development for the tire company. JGR will also be providing Pirelli tire support on the amateur level in addition to their growing tech support.

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KTM's Stefan Everts stopped to chat with a newly slimmed-down Ryan Villopoto during track walk. Walking the track before the Riders' Meeting always serves as a reunion of sorts for the racers and industry folk after the off-season.

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The Dodge Hart & Huntington wasn't the only squad repping custom branded Matrix mats. The Geico Honda team boasted some of their own.

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We noticed Geico Honda made the switch to Tag Metals handlebars this year, along with sprockets and grips.

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FMF had their new RCT exhaust system on display in the pits, which included a cut-out can that exposed the internal resonance chamber. The RCT system serves as FMF's new flagship system and is now the choice of Monster Energy Kawasaki.

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Here is a shot if the inside of FMF's Megabomb header pipe.

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We spotted N-Style's new Power-Lift inside the Muscle Milk Toyota JGR team's pit. This little dandy automatically raises the bike up off the ground with the press of a foot button.

N-Style's Rob Healy took some time to show Muscle Milk Toyota mechanic Alex Ewing how to properly use the Power Lift. It's pretty complicated stuff.

N-Style's Rob Healy took some time to show Muscle Milk Toyota mechanic Alex Ewing how to properly use the Power Lift. Rumor has it that Healy also uses it to lift himself onto his bike...

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Ryan Morais doesn't just sit back and let his mechanic do all of the tech work. We spotted Mo setting up his single-speed PK Ripper trainer bike shortly before practice started.

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Smith Optics took over the official eyewear of Supercross role for the first time this year. Their rig is pretty cool, and they have a ton of product on display for everyone to check out.

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Yes, the Dodge Hart & Huntington have everything branded in their pits, including their Matrix M9 Worx mat. We are putting in our order for TransWorld Motocross mats immediately.

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Mitch Payton's Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki team achieved yet another stacked podium at Anaheim 1. After Broc Tickle jumped out to an early lead in front of teammate Josh Hansen, Hanny eventually took over and won the race with Tickle and Supercross newbie Tyla Rattray in tow. It would seem the rest of the Lites class has yet another formidable PC team to overcome this season.

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Donnie "Holeshot" Hansen and his daughter Caitlin (who also happens to be Miss TransWorld Motocross) were down at the podium to support son and brother Josh after his first-ever win at Anaheim.

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Feld Entertainment debuted a new 30-second board in the main event of the evening. The digital countdown gave the racers even more to reference than just a board turning sideways. We must say it was a bit comical at the riders' meeting to hear the powers that be tell the racers to diregard the counter if it failed. Apparently, they didn't have the utmost confidence in their oversized stopwatch.

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Falken tires is a new major sponsor of the Monster Energy Supercross series, and they brought their "Hot Import Nights" brand of promotion to the pits. We are fans.

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Falken also had a DJ on hand to keep the beats poppin' while their spokesmodel signed posters.

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Muscle Milk/Toyota/JGR's Justin Brayton had a stellar showing in his first heat race of 2011, taking the win. Unfortunately, his success didn't translate into the main event. He ended the night with a 16th place finish in the main, while his new teammate Davi Milsaps experienced similar misfortune, finishing 19th.

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Brothers Mike and Jeff Alessi battled it out in their heat race fr the final qualifying posotion. Mike edged out his brother, so Jeff was forced to the LCQ.

Before practice and the day begun for the riders, the mechanics had to put the bikes and helmets through tech inspection. The line for tech was long and it was also one of the first times that everyone really got to check out the new gear and bikes. Here, Davi Millsaps' mechanic Alex Ewing waits the long line.

Before practice and the day begun for the riders, the mechanics had to put the bikes and helmets through tech inspection. The line for tech was long and it was also one of the first times that everyone really got to check out the new gear and bikes. Here, Davi Millsaps' mechanic Alex Ewing waits the long line.

We spotted these very trick transponder holders on the Rockstar Suzuki bikes. It's also worth noting that the same ones were on the bikes of Ryan Dungey and Brett Metcalfe.

We spotted these very trick transponder holders on the Rockstar Suzuki bikes. It's also worth noting that the same ones were on the bikes of Ryan Dungey and Brett Metcalfe.

While everyone in the Red Bull KTM pits were very hush hush about what was secret on the non-pipe side of the 350SX-Fs of Mike Alessi and Andrew Short, we thought we'd post the photo and let you try to figure it out.

While everyone in the Red Bull KTM pits were very hush hush about what was secret on the non-pipe side of the 350SX-Fs of Mike Alessi and Andrew Short, we thought we'd post the photo and let you try to figure it out.

 RC car companies are in Supercross in a big way this year. Nearly every big team in the pits is sponsored by a RC car company, and these trucks were on display in the Hart & Huntington/Dodge pits. Traxxas is also giving away a brand new KX250F at every round of the series this year.

RC car companies are in Supercross in a big way this year. Nearly every big team in the pits is sponsored by a RC car company, and these trucks were on display in the Hart & Huntington/Dodge pits. Traxxas is also giving away a brand new KX250F at every round of the series this year.

The gear for the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki riders this year is arguably the coolest in the pits. Here's a close up shot of Broc Tickle's lid.

The gear for the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki riders this year is arguably the coolest in the pits. Here's a close up shot of Broc Tickle's lid.


Over the past couple of seasons, Derek Brush has worked as the motor builder for Monster Energy Kawasaki, the mechanic for Jason Lawrence, and now has landed the spot as the mechanic for Josh Hansen at Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki. It goes without saying that Derek was very excited following Hansen's huge win during both his heat race and main event.

Over the past couple of seasons, Derek Brush has worked as the motor builder for Monster Energy Kawasaki, the mechanic for Jason Lawrence, and now has landed the spot as the mechanic for Josh Hansen at Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki. It goes without saying that Derek was very excited following Hansen's huge win during both his heat race and main event.

Many of the teams this year have one of these very cool wheel stands/carriers. We found this one in the Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki pits.

Many of the teams this year have one of these very cool wheel stands/carriers. We found this one in the Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki pits.

In case you didn't know, Factory Honda's Josh Grant went down hard during Thursday's press day, going overbars and hitting the dirt hard in the third baseline rhythm section. Thankfully, he was okay and managed to finish ninth in the main event.

Factory Honda's Josh Grant went down hard during Thursday's press day, going overbars and hitting the dirt hard in the third baseline rhythm section. Thankfully, he was okay and managed to finish ninth in the main event.

Dave Osterman is the man responsible for helping Chad Reed keep his newly formed team running smoothly. Here, him and Chad take in all the information during the riders' meeting.

Dave Osterman is the man responsible for helping Chad Reed keep his newly formed team running smoothly. Here, he and Chad take in all the information during the riders' meeting.

Nick Paluzzi had a very good showing for his first-ever Supercross race. Nick struggled to find a ride during the off-season before injuring his wrist. Thankfully, Nick was able to secure a ride on the factory-backed Star Racing/DNA Shred Stix/Yamaha team for the year. After finishing second behind Hansen in his heat race, Nick went on to finish ninth in the main event.

Nick Paluzzi had a very good showing for his first-ever Supercross race. Nick struggled to find a ride during the off-season before breaking his navicular bone in his wrist. Thankfully, Nick was able to secure a ride on the factory-backed Star Racing/DNA Shred Stix/Yamaha team for the year. After finishing second behind Hansen in his heat race, Nick went on to finish ninth in the main event. It was a great ride for the rookie, who only had six days on his new bike before A1.

This cool new Toyota display was on the track at Anahiem. The riders went under it before heading into the sand section.

This cool new Toyota display was on the track at Anahiem. The riders went under it before heading into the sand section.

Muscle Milk has always been a place where any rider can come and warm up before racing and for the new year, they have these cool stationary bikes. During some downtime before practice, engine builders Dean Baker and Kurt Rood faced off.

Muscle Milk has always been a place where any rider can come and warm up before racing and for the new year, they have these cool stationary bikes. During some downtime before practice, JGR engine builder Dean Baker and Kawasaki's testing manager Kurt Rood faced off.


Since they are a huge part of Feld's Nuclear Cowboyz show that begins in the coming weeks, the Metal Mulisha made an appearance during intermission.

Since they are a huge part of Feld's Nuclear Cowboyz show that begins in the coming weeks, the Metal Mulisha made an appearance during intermission. The short guy is Taka Higashino, inventor of the Tenga can.

Factory Honda's Trey Canard had a little bad luck on his way to the main event and was forced to ride the LCQ. After winning the LCQ, however, Trey went on to finish fourth in the main event. He even had a great battle with James Stewart for a long portion of the race.

Factory Honda's Trey Canard had a little bad luck on his way to the main event and was forced to ride the LCQ. After winning the LCQ, however, Trey went on to finish fourth in the main event. He even had a great battle with James Stewart for a long portion of the race.

One rider that might have surprised quite a few people was Hart & Huntington/Dodge's Ivan Tedesco. After taking the holeshot in the main event, IT held on to finish seventh. Look for big things for the New Mexico native as the season continues.

One rider that might have surprised quite a few people was Hart & Huntington/Dodge's Ivan Tedesco. After taking the holeshot in the main event, IT held on to finish seventh. Look for big things for the New Mexico native as the season continues.

When Broc Tickle made the switch from Star Racing Yamaha, he brought his mechanic Dave Feeney with him. Feeney is one of the coolest mechanics in the pits, and he was glad to give us a rundown on Broc's bike for the Behind The Bars video feature we posted on Saturday.

When Broc Tickle made the switch from Star Racing Yamaha, he brought his mechanic Dave Feeney with him. Feeney is one of the coolest mechanics in the pits, and he was glad to give us a rundown on Broc's bike for the Behind The Bars video feature we posted on Saturday.

The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team bikes are equipped with A Kit versions of the new Showa Single Function Fork, which utilize one fork for compression damping and the other for rebound damping. Team boss Mitch Payton feels that the technology is the wave of the future for suspension technology. The system reportedly cut one-and-a-half pounds off the PC race bikes.

The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team bikes are equipped with A Kit versions of the new Showa Single Function Fork, which utilize one fork for compression damping and the other for rebound damping. Team boss Mitch Payton feels that the technology is the wave of the future for suspension technology. The system reportedly cut one-and-a-half pounds off the PC race bikes.

Monster Energy Kawasaki had Jake Weimer's Dana Wiggins-tuned KX450F race bike on display, even though Jake is sidelined for several weeks with a broken arm. Rumors have Australian Jake Moss set to fill in for Weimer, but no official release has been issued by the Kawasaki camp. Get well soon, Jake!

Monster Energy Kawasaki had Jake Weimer's Dana Wiggins-tuned KX450F race bike on display, even though Jake is sidelined for several weeks with a broken arm. Rumors have Australian Jake Moss set to fill in for Weimer, but no official release has been issued by the Kawasaki camp. Get well soon, Jake!

The Monster Energy Kawasaki race bikes were equipped with holeshot devices that featured two different positions. Depending on the traction on the starting gate, riders can choose to have their front ends locked down more or less aggressively. The Pro Circuit team also had the same set ups.

The Monster Energy Kawasaki race bikes were equipped with holeshot devices that featured two different positions. Depending on the traction on the starting gate, riders can choose to have their front ends locked down more or less aggressively. The Pro Circuit team also had the same set ups.

If you look closely, you can see a sensor hooked up to the clutch actuation arm on Ryan Villopoto's Kawasaki KX450F. The sensor is part of a system which alters the ignition mapping for starts. Once RV blasts off the line, all returns to normal settings.

If you look closely, you can see a sensor hooked up to the clutch actuation arm on Ryan Villopoto's Kawasaki KX450F. The sensor is part of a system which alters the ignition mapping for starts. Once RV blasts off the line, all returns to normal settings.


RV's mechanic Mikey Williamson has the coolest-looking toolbox we've ever seen.

RV's mechanic Mikey Williamson has the coolest-looking toolbox we've ever seen.

Monster Energy Kawasaki's truck driver Brian Barnhart used to go by the nickname "Big B," but he's been putting in so many miles on his road bike, that perhaps he should be renamed "Medium B."

Monster Energy Kawasaki's truck driver Brian Barnhart used to go by the nickname "Big B," but he's been putting in so many miles on his road bike, that perhaps he should be renamed "Medium B."

The offical name of James Stewart's team in 2011 is "San Manuel Yamaha Presented By Red Bull," but we'll be referring to it as San Manuel/Red Bull/Yamaha to maintain style with the other teams. The new Red Bull logos on the graphics give the bike that extra "something" that makes the team bikes the best-looking Yamahas in the pits.

The offical name of James Stewart's team in 2011 is "San Manuel Yamaha Presented By Red Bull," but we'll be referring to it as San Manuel/Red Bull/Yamaha to maintain style with the other teams. The new Red Bull logos on the graphics give the bike that extra "something" that makes the team bikes the best-looking Yamahas in the pits.

Kyle Regal's Yamaha YZ450F was equipped with a ton of data acquisition equipment from team sponsor GET.

Kyle Regal's Yamaha YZ450F was equipped with a ton of data acquisition equipment from team sponsor GET.

Part of the GET system is a GPS which helps track super accurate lap times and speeds,

Part of the GET system is a GPS which helps track super accurate lap times and speeds,

A closer look at the factory KYB shocks on Kyle Regal's and James Stewart's bikes.

A closer look at the factory KYB shocks on Kyle Regal's and James Stewart's bikes.

More GET data acquisition trickery on Regal's bike. This sensor monitors rear wheel speed.

More GET data acquisition trickery on Regal's bike. This sensor monitors rear wheel speed.

Maximum airflow equals more power, as evidenced by the extensive modifications made to the airbox on James Stewart's race bike. Inside the airbox lurks a DT1 air filter, which has a traditional filter shape with greater surface area than the stock YZ450F flat filter "pad."

Maximum airflow equals more power, as evidenced by the extensive modifications made to the airbox on James Stewart's race bike. Inside the airbox lurks a DT1 air filter, which has a traditional filter shape with greater surface area than the stock YZ450F flat filter "pad."


The San Manuel/Red Bull/Yamaha team has several large stand-up poster walls in their pit area, much like the teams on the World Championship MX GP circuit. All in all, the US pits are looking more and more professional.

The San Manuel/Red Bull/Yamaha team has several large stand-up poster walls in their pit area, much like the teams on the World Championship MX GP circuit. All in all, the US pits are looking more and more professional.

FMF supplied the Muscle Milk/JGR Yamaha team with its cool autograph poster trays, as evidenced by the very distint Megabombs on them!

FMF supplied the Muscle Milk/JGR Yamaha team with its cool autograph poster trays, as evidenced by the very distint Megabombs on them!

Trey Canard's new Honda CRF450R is a work of art. According to team tech Dean Gibson, TC is so pumped with his bike, that he repeatedly raves about it at every test session. An interesting fact shared with us by Gibson: Trey's CRF450R weight in SIX pounds lighter than his old Geico Powersports Honda CRF250R race bike!

Trey Canard's new Honda CRF450R is a work of art. According to team tech Dean Gibson, TC is so pumped with his bike, that he repeatedly raves about it at every test session. An interesting fact shared with us by Gibson: Trey's CRF450R weight in SIX pounds lighter than his old Geico Powersports Honda CRF250R race bike!

Yoshimira has relocated the resonance chamber on the factory Honda exhaust header pipes. We've heard that Honda also tested the dual outlet end cap that Rockstar/Makita Suzuki is using and that the riders preferred it. However, Honda management preferred the team to stick with a single outlet end cap.

Yoshimira has relocated the resonance chamber on the factory Honda exhaust header pipes. We've heard that Honda also tested the dual outlet end cap that Rockstar/Makita Suzuki is using and that the riders preferred it. However, Honda management preferred the team to stick with a single outlet end cap.

Look closely and you'll see a thin cable connecting the clutch lever on Trey Canard's Honda to a data acquisition sensor mounted on the hydraulic clutch master cylinder. "That keeps track of how much Trey is using the clutch," explained Gibson. This is the second year that the Honda team has used hydraulic clutches on their race bikes.

Look closely and you'll see a thin cable connecting the clutch lever on Trey Canard's Honda to a data acquisition sensor mounted on the hydraulic clutch master cylinder. "That keeps track of how much Trey is using the clutch," explained Gibson. This is the second year that the Honda team has used hydraulic clutches on their race bikes.

Gary Martini is the boss of the racing department at American Honda. He is also a former top-level XR80 racer and is an avid mountain biker who can probably smoke you up your local climb...standing up and in big ring.

Gary Martini is the boss of the racing department at American Honda. He is also a former top-level XR80 racer and is an avid mountain biker who can probably smoke you up your local climb...standing up and in big ring.

Over at Two Two Motorsports, Chad Reed's mechanic Lars Lindstrom also took the time to help us make a Behind The Bars video with the number 22 CRF450R.

Over at Two Two Motorsports, Chad Reed's mechanic Lars Lindstrom also took the time to help us make a Behind The Bars video with the number 22 CRF450R.

We spotted this cool bolt-on leveling wedge on Reed's Matrix Concepts stand. The odd shape of the CRF450R (and CRF250R) does not allow the bikes to sit level on a traditional stand.

We spotted this cool bolt-on leveling wedge on Reed's Matrix Concepts stand. The odd shape of the CRF450R (and CRF250R) does not allow the bikes to sit level on a traditional stand.



Bel Ray's Scott Lukatis was on hand to oversee Two Two Motorsports maiden voyage. It's both exciting and interesting to see Bel Ray dive headfirst back into motocross and Supercross racing. Hey Scott, we sure could use some chain lube and contact cleaner... haha

Bel Ray's Scott Lukatis was on hand to oversee Two Two Motorsports maiden voyage. It's both exciting and interesting to see Bel Ray dive headfirst back into motocross and Supercross racing. Hey Scott, we sure could use some chain lube and contact cleaner... haha

Everything came together just in the nick of time for the Two Two Motorsports team. Here, Factory Effex's Scott Gilley helps install a giant custom graphic to Lindstrom's roll cart. We were impressed that Gilley performed such a clean installation, as we were waiting to use our favorite graphics install joke: "man, I could live underwater for ten minutes with all those air bubbles!"

Everything came together just in the nick of time for the Two Two Motorsports team. Here, Factory Effex's Scott Gilley helps install a giant custom graphic to Lindstrom's roll cart. We were impressed that Gilley performed such a clean installation, as we were waiting to use our favorite graphics install joke: "man, I could live underwater for ten minutes with all those air bubbles!"

Gratuitous Ellie (and Tate!) Reed photo. Follow Ellie on Twitter @mrstwotwo

Gratuitous Ellie (and Tate!) Reed photo. Follow Ellie on Twitter @mrstwotwo

Geico Powersports Honda rider Eli Tomac finished 10th in what was his first-ever Supercross race. IT was hampered by bad starts in both his heat race and in the main, but once he got going, his speed was very impressive.

Geico Powersports Honda rider Eli Tomac finished 10th in what was his first-ever Supercross race. IT was hampered by bad starts in both his heat race and in the main, but once he got going, his speed was very impressive.

Christian Craig made his long-awaited Supercross debut aboard a Lucas Oil/Troy Lee Designs Honda, a little over a year after breaking his back. Here, CC is filmed by TLD's in house videographer, "Video" Masa Shirotani. Creator of the popular "MX Fist" series of MX videos in Japan, Video Masa is a badass with a camera and computer. Check out TLD's web site and Facebook for some of his work!

Christian Craig made his long-awaited Supercross debut aboard a Lucas Oil/Troy Lee Designs Honda, a little over a year after breaking his back. Here, CC is filmed by TLD's in house videographer, "Video" Masa Shirotani. Creator of the popular "MX Fist" series of MX videos in Japan, Video Masa is a badass with a camera and computer. Check out TLD's web site and Facebook for some of his work!

Craig had a big getoff in  the first practice session of the day, leaving his mechanic/brother, Jeremy, with a laundry list of repairs to make in short order.

Craig had a big getoff in the first practice session of the day, leaving his mechanic/brother, Jeremy, with a laundry list of repairs to make in short order.

"Two laps into my Supercross debut and I crash my brains out," said Craig. "My foot slipped off the peg. I can't believe it." Craig rode well and qualified for the SX Lites main by winning the LCQ. He went on to lead briefly on the first lap of the main, but after being taken out by eventual winner Josh Hansen on lap two, he could only muster 19th at the flag.

"Two laps into my Supercross debut and I crash my brains out," said Craig. "My foot slipped off the peg. I can't believe it." Craig rode well and qualified for the SX Lites main by winning the LCQ. He went on to lead briefly on the first lap of the main, but after being taken out by eventual winner Josh Hansen on lap two, he could only muster 19th at the flag.

Fox Racing made special orange Empire gear for Red Bull KTM's Ken Roczen to wear at Anaheim 1. Pretty sick...

Fox Racing made special orange Empire gear for Red Bull KTM's Ken Roczen to wear at Anaheim 1. Pretty sick...


Andrew Short's Fly helmet looks the same as last year with the same Red Bull accents, but we spotted a new, fancy sticker on top at A1! After you get through this installment of Monday Kickstart, venture on over to www.ANDREWSHORT.com and check out all the great stuff Shorty puts up!

Andrew Short's Fly helmet looks the same as last year with the same Red Bull accents, but we spotted a new, fancy sticker on top at A1! After you get through this installment of Monday Kickstart, venture on over to www.ANDREWSHORT.com and check out all the great stuff Shorty puts up!

It's been a long, cold winter without The Moneymaker, and man was she a site for sore eyes. Nick Wey's Valli Motorsports Yamaha mechanic Phil Perry warms up a bit...

It's been a long, cold winter without The Moneymaker, and man was she a site for sore eyes. Nick Wey's Valli Motorsports Yamaha mechanic Phil Perry warms up a bit...

With championships in all three classes under his belt, Ryan Dungey no longer needs his once-treasured Pick-Up Kit, and it looks like he's passed it on to one lucky fan to wear at shopping malls, races, and night clubs.

With championships in all three classes under his belt, Ryan Dungey no longer needs his once-treasured Pick-Up Kit, and it looks like he's passed it on to one lucky fan to wear at shopping malls, races, and night clubs.

enzo racing's Ross Maeda was on hand at Anaheim 1 to look over the Motoconcepts Yamaha and DNA Shred Stix Yamaha team. Check the custom Deft Family gloves! Ross continues to make progress since his paralyzing crash in September of '09; most recently he has gained temperature sensations down both legs. For more news about Ross' recovery, you can visit www.rossiproject.com

enzo racing's Ross Maeda was on hand at Anaheim 1 to look over the Motoconcepts Yamaha and DNA Shred Stix Yamaha team. Check the custom Deft Family gloves! Ross continues to make progress since his paralyzing crash in September of '09; most recently he has gained temperature sensations down both legs. For more news about Ross' recovery, you can visit www.rossiproject.com

Skullcandy was out in full force at Anaheim 1. This fan display was set up in front of the Rockstar Suzuki rig. The team also had giant flat screen televisions mounted on the side of the semi, with episodes of Skullcandy TV playing all day long.

Skullcandy was out in full force at Anaheim 1. This fan display was set up in front of the Rockstar Suzuki rig. The team also had giant flat screen televisions mounted on the side of the semi, with episodes of Skullcandy TV playing all day long.

ARMA Energy SNX was on hand at Anaheim supporting the Hart and Huntington/Dodge Motorsports team. They also had this bike on display. Looks familiar...

ARMA Energy SNX was on hand at Anaheim supporting the Hart and Huntington/Dodge Motorsports team. They also had this bike on display. Looks familiar...

Valli Motorsports Yamaha's Austin Stroupe rode all of the afternoon practice and qualifying sessions, but elected not to compete because his shoulder is not yet up to full strength. "We brought Austin out to get his feet wet and test the waters, but he isn't strong enough yet to race," said Team Manager John Mitcheff. "We have the ignition tuned down so the bike doesn't hit as hard, and is easier on his shoulder, but we still think it's best to wait." In spite of his weak shoulder, Stroupe laid down the fastest qualifying times in the Supercross B group sessions.

Valli Motorsports Yamaha's Austin Stroupe rode all of the afternoon practice and qualifying sessions, but elected not to compete because his shoulder is not yet up to full strength. "We brought Austin out to get his feet wet and test the waters, but he isn't strong enough yet to race," said Team Manager John Mitcheff. "We have the ignition tuned down so the bike doesn't hit as hard, and is easier on his shoulder, but we still think it's best to wait." In spite of his weak shoulder, Stroupe laid down the fastest qualifying times in the Supercross B group sessions.

Bobby Hewitt has taken over the Team Manager duties at the Rockstar Suzuki team, and the owner is excited about getting back into the mix. Former Team Manager Bill Keefe left just before the holidays to accept a position at Troy Lee Designs. "Blood is thicker than water and we'll miss Bill," said Hewitt. "But I am excited for the 2011 season, and being more involved with the daily business of the team will be fun. As the team owner, I had to step back and let Bill run things before, but I'm having fun being more involved."

Bobby Hewitt has taken over the Team Manager duties at the Rockstar Suzuki team, and the owner is excited about getting back into the mix. Former Team Manager Bill Keefe left just before the holidays to accept a position at Troy Lee Designs. "Blood is thicker than water and we'll miss Bill," said Hewitt. "But I am excited for the 2011 season, and being more involved with the daily business of the team will be fun. As the team owner, I had to step back and let Bill run things before, but I'm having fun being more involved."

Swedish Team Honda rider Rasmus Sjoberg has been in California training and testing, and decided to give Supercross a try. With help from American Honda, enzo racing, Mansson Racing, Matrix Concepts, FMF, Troy Lee Designs and his mechanic "Johnny Sako," Rasmus had a great day experiencing American Supercross. He didn't make it into the night show, but he did gain a ton of experience.

Swedish Team Honda rider Rasmus Sjoberg has been in California training and testing, and decided to give Supercross a try. With help from American Honda, enzo racing, Mansson Racing, Matrix Concepts, FMF, Troy Lee Designs and his mechanic "Johnny Sako," Rasmus had a great day experiencing American Supercross. He didn't make it into the night show, but he did gain a ton of experience.

That's it for Monday Kickstart this week. Be sure to check back next Monday after Phoenix for more good stuff from the races. And congrats, Nick...and many different levels.

That's it for Monday Kickstart this week. Be sure to check back next Monday after Phoenix for more good stuff from the races. And congrats, Nick...and many different levels.