Monday Kickstart Presented by One Industries – Atlanta SX

The eighth round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross series descended into the south this weekend in Atlanta, Georgia, and we were all witness to the best racing yet this season. Check out some of the stuff you may have missed below, including lots of pit photos, promo girls, and even the Volcom/RV2 contest winner…

5.	As you can imagine, a media melee broke out after the Supercross main event. Racing has been great all season, but it definitely skyrocketed to new levels in front of a live television audience. Each and every heat race (as well as the Lites main) served up great racing, but the 450 main event provided a crescendo to the action. Reedy and Stewie battled for 19 laps, and it boiled over on the final lap when the two crashed.

As you can imagine, a media melee broke out after the Supercross main event. Racing has been great all season, but it definitely skyrocketed to new levels in front of a live television audience. Each and every heat race (as well as the Lites main) served up great racing, but the 450 main event provided a crescendo to the action. Reedy and Stewie battled for 19 laps, and it boiled over on the final lap when the two crashed.

The PK Ripper in Hunter Hewitt's pit was pretty dope. If we actually trained, we would definitely consider this set-up.

The PK Ripper in Hunter Hewitt's pit was pretty dope. If we actually trained, we would definitely consider this set-up.

Until Kyle Chisholm recovers from his injuries that he suffered in Houston, Antonio Balbi will be his replacement. Balbi was on his way back to Brazil when he got the call from David Vuillemin to ride for MotoConcepts. Atlanta was his debut for the Yamaha team, and he finished the main with a 19th overall.

Until Kyle Chisholm recovers from his injuries that he suffered in Houston, Antonio Balbi will be his replacement. Balbi was on his way back to Brazil when he got the call from David Vuillemin to ride for MotoConcepts. Atlanta was his debut for the Yamaha team, and he finished the main with a 19th overall.

Matt Lemoine has been a Skullcandy rider for a few years now and usually has a pretty sweet custom-painted lid to prove it.

Matt Lemoine has been a Skullcandy rider for a few years now and usually has a pretty sweet custom-painted lid to prove it.

The other side of Lemoine's Skullcandy lid.

The other side of Lemoine's Skullcandy lid.

Giveaways at Supercross help coax some audience participation, and although some of them are pretty lame (in our humble opinion), this autographed guitar was a pretty good one. Signed by just about every fast dude on a dirt bike, including RC, this guitar went to some lucky fan. Basically what we are trying to say here is to keep an eye out for an autographed guitar on eBay.

Giveaways at Supercross help coax some audience participation, and although some of them are pretty lame (in our humble opinion), this autographed guitar was a pretty good one. Signed by just about every fast dude on a dirt bike, including RC, this guitar went to some lucky fan. Basically what we are trying to say here is to keep an eye out for an autographed guitar on eBay.

Although Stewart and Reed were battling for the win, and it was theirs to lose, Ryan Villopoto prevailed in the end. He kept the pace, and took advantage of their misfortune. RV2 now has a 10-point lead on James in the standings.

Although Stewart and Reed were battling for the win, and it was theirs to lose, Ryan Villopoto prevailed in the end. He kept the pace, and took advantage of their misfortune. RV2 now has a 10-point lead on James in the standings.

The pits inside the Georgia Dome were definitely something to see. With a roof over everyone's head and tons of square feet to fit everyone's team semi, fans had the pits packed all day long.

The pits inside the Georgia Dome were definitely something to see. With a roof over everyone's head and tons of square feet to fit everyone's team semi, fans had the pits packed all day long.

It was definitely a long walk, though, to get into the stadium. Once the riders left the pits, they had to walk a good five to seven minutes to get into the stadium.

It was definitely a long walk, though, to get into the stadium. Once the riders left the pits, they had to walk a good five to seven minutes to get into the stadium.

Rockstar Makita Suzuki's Ryan Dungey has been riding in the shadows behind some of the other racers this season, but at the Georgia Dome he was able to come out on top during his first qualifier. He was also able to get a second place finish in his main. After the race Dungey said that he felt good all night long, and he can't wait for Daytona.

Rockstar Makita Suzuki's Ryan Dungey has been riding in the shadows behind some of the other racers this season, but at the Georgia Dome he was able to come out on top during his first qualifier. He was also able to get a second place finish in his main. After the race Dungey said that he felt good all night long, and he can't wait for Daytona.

AMA Horizon Award winner, and now Supercross rookie, Jason Anderson turned in his fastest qualifying time of the season thus far with a third, but a crash after the whoops in the main kept him from running up front. Besides that, though, he did have the second fastest lap time in the main. After the race he said that he's looking forward to Daytona because it's more of an outdoor style, and that's his style.

AMA Horizon Award winner, and now Supercross rookie, Jason Anderson turned in his fastest qualifying time of the season thus far with a third, but a crash after the whoops in the main kept him from running up front. Besides that, though, he did have the second fastest lap time in the main. After the race he said that he's looking forward to Daytona because it's more of an outdoor style, and that's his style.

At every race you can see this rig packed with fans trying to get their hands on some fresh swag.

At every race you can see this rig packed with fans trying to get their hands on some fresh swag.

While doing a "How Was Your Weekend?" interview with Davi Millsaps, he mentioned that he "lost" his mechanic, Alex Ewing, during the week. Some people commented on his statement, and Davi said that he was no longer on the team.

While doing a "How Was Your Weekend?" interview with Davi Millsaps, he mentioned that he "lost" his mechanic, Alex Ewing, during the week. Davi went on to say afterward that he was no longer on the team.

Earlier in the day, Austin Stroupe's Valli Motorsports Yamaha was parked in the team pits, but a couple hours later it was gone. The reason behind this was that he had a sore ankle, and he was unable to race.

Earlier in the day, Austin Stroupe's Valli Motorsports Yamaha was parked in the team pits, but a couple hours later it was gone. The reason behind this was that he had a sore ankle, and he was unable to race.

All day long, Dunlop is slammed with work. With almost all of the teams running Dunlop tires, they definitely have their hands full when they try to make everyone happy.

All day long, Dunlop is slammed with work. With almost all of the teams running Dunlop tires, they definitely have their hands full when they try to make everyone happy.

Rockstar Suzuki's Ian Trettel's bike was on display in Atlanta, but he was nowhere to be found. According to his Facebook page it says, "so i crashed last week and hurt my shoulder and wont be racing atlanta this weekend. :( but i will be racing next weekend at daytona." Trettel's Supercross debut was back in Houston, Texas, and he went on to finish the night with a fifth.

Rockstar Suzuki's Ian Trettel's bike was on display in Atlanta, but he was nowhere to be found. According to his Facebook page it says, "so i crashed last week and hurt my shoulder and wont be racing atlanta this weekend. šŸ™ but i will be racing next weekend at daytona." Trettel's Supercross debut was back in Houston, Texas, and he went on to finish the night with a fifth.

At the first few races, Hart & Huntington had a different Challenger on display each week. This week, though, we spotted this pretty clean 2011 Dodge Durango.

At the first few races, Hart & Huntington had a different Challenger on display each week. This week, though, we spotted this pretty clean 2011 Dodge Durango.

We can't tell if this inspiration message on Justin Barcia's barpad was, well, inspirational, or if his mechanic was reminding him of the 1994 video game classic: Wing Commander 3 - Heart of the Tiger

We can't tell if this inspiration message on Justin Barcia's barpad was, well, inspirational, or if his mechanic was reminding him of the 1994 video game classic: Wing Commander 3 - Heart of the Tiger. In all seriousness, though, we spotted the Geico Powersports rider wearing a wrist brace during his heat race after he jammed it during practice, so maybe this message was to keep him charging during the night, which he did.

Under the pouring rain in San Diego, California, Two Two Motorsports took their first win of the season. One week later, a mob of people swarmed Chad Reed's pit to get his autograph, and to take a picture with him.

Under the pouring rain in San Diego, California, Two Two Motorsports took their first win of the season. One week later, a mob of people swarmed Chad Reed's pit to get his autograph, and to take a picture with him.

Mitch Payton has always been known to give some valuable advice, and we spotted the Hart & Huntington crew sitting down with him.

Mitch Payton has always been known to give some valuable advice, and we spotted the Hart & Huntington crew sitting down with him in Atlanta. Mitch also does the heads, cams, and pipes for the Hart & Huntington/Dodge Motorsports KX450Fs.

DC Shoes' booth/exhibit is huge, and it is much like a hall of fame. Jerseys, helmets, videos, and tons of photos keep the passers-through engulfed in moto.

DC Shoes' booth/exhibit is huge, and it is much like a hall of fame. Jerseys, helmets, videos, and tons of photos keep the passers-through engulfed in moto.

The James Stewart squad was short a man this weekend. Team manager Larry Brooks was nowhere to be found, and the rumors have spread like wildfire. And although we have our own speculations, we have not heard an official statement. As it stands, however, Brooks' and Stewart's relationship has seemingly dissolved completely, and we will surely hear more about this situation as it unfolds.

The James Stewart squad was short a man this weekend. Team manager Larry Brooks was nowhere to be found, and the rumors have spread like wildfire. And although we have our own speculations, we have not heard an official statement. As it stands, however, Brooks' and Stewart's relationship has seemingly dissolved completely, and we will surely hear more about this situation as it unfolds.

One guess as to what game Lemoine likes best.

One guess as to what game Lemoine likes best.

The injured Darryn Durham was on hand to take in the action. He rode incredibly well at Houston until he broke his foot. We were extremely excited to watch him this season, and we hope he has a speedy recovery.

The injured Darryn Durham was on hand to take in the action. He rode incredibly well at Houston until he broke his foot. We were extremely excited to watch him this season, and we hope he has a speedy recovery.

The Fox boys, including Dungey and the Geico Lites guys, sported some Ride 4 A-T butt patches. Check out ride4at.com for more on the DMXS charity event, which supports the A-T Children's Project.

The Fox boys, including Dungey and the Geico Lites guys, sported some Ride 4 A-T butt patches. Check out ride4at.com for more on the DMXS charity event, which supports the A-T Children's Project.

Usually the privateer pits are way off in the distance at a race, but this weekend they had little makeshift pits under the roof of the Georgia Dome.

Usually the privateer pits are way off in the distance at a race, but this weekend they had little makeshift pits under the roof of the Georgia Dome.

Hunter Hewitt turned in a pretty solid ride in Atlanta with a sixth place overall. It was a lot better of a finish than Houston, and he's looking forward to Daytona.

Hunter Hewitt turned in a pretty solid ride in Atlanta with a sixth place overall. It was a lot better of a finish than Houston, and he's looking forward to Daytona.

Here's a little sneak peek at the new Fox boot scheduled to come out next year. This is a completely new design for Fox and features a hinge system at the ankle. Justin Barcia has been giving them some real-time testing on the East coast, while Eli Tomac put some time in the boot at San Diego. We cant wait to give them a whirl when the become available.

Here's a little sneak peek at the new Fox boot scheduled to come out next year. This is a completely new design for Fox and features a hinge system at the ankle. Justin Barcia has been giving them some real-time testing on the East coast, while Eli Tomac put some time in the boot at San Diego. We cant wait to give them a whirl when the become available.

Normally it says

Normally it says "Monster Energy Supercross, AN FIM World Championship." Readerboard typos are awesome; they make us feel a little better about the occasional flub on the site.

Reedy threw out some nac-nac love to the Georgia crowd in opening ceremonies, but we are pretty sure they enjoyed his performance in the main event more.

Reedy threw out some nac-nac love to the Georgia crowd in opening ceremonies, but we are pretty sure they enjoyed his performance in the main event more.

Trey Canard followed suit and threw a nac of his own during the parade lap.

Trey Canard followed suit and threw a nac of his own during the parade lap.

It's always good to see Coach Joe Gibbs on hand to take in the action.

It's always good to see Coach Joe Gibbs on hand to take in the action.

Mitch Payton is no stranger to the pits of the other teams, but he has surely made himself available to Chad Reed's Two Two Motorsports team. Reed's Honda is a full PC package, including suspension, and Mitch does his best to provide the support Reedy needs.

Mitch Payton is no stranger to the pits of the other teams, but he has surely made himself available to Chad Reed's Two Two Motorsports team. Reed's Honda is a full PC package, including suspension, and Mitch does his best to provide the support Reedy needs.

We spotted Mitch in the Two Two pits a lot over the course of the weekend.

We spotted Mitch in the Two Two pits a lot over the course of the weekend.

Rocket Exhaust had some orange end caps to match the privateer KTMs they support. A little bling to go with the sting.

Rocket Exhaust had some orange end caps to match the privateer KTMs they support. A little bling to go with the sting.

Hunted.

Hunted.

Not yet, not yetā€¦almost thereā€¦

Not yet, not yetā€¦almost thereā€¦

The Makita crew was in full force in the Atlanta pits, putting their tools to good use. The pit area in Atlanta is as big as any outdoor venue on the west coast, and they pack in the people. Having a presence in there is great for any brand.

The Makita crew was in full force in the Atlanta pits, putting their tools to good use. The pit area in Atlanta is as big as any outdoor venue on the west coast, and they pack in the people. Having a presence in there is great for any brand.

Blake Wharton, of all people, felt the highest of the highs and the lowest of the lows in the Lites main event. After winning a big holeshot, Purple Rain dominated the first half of the race. He had a healthy lead and was riding incredibly well...that is, until he laid the bike down and left the door open for Wilson, Baggett, and Barcia to take over the podium positions. We hope to see Wharton strive for redemption in the coming weeks.

Blake Wharton, of all people, felt the highest of the highs and the lowest of the lows in the Lites main event. After winning a big holeshot, Purple Rain dominated the first half of the race. He had a healthy lead and was riding incredibly well...that is, until he laid the bike down and left the door open for Wilson, Baggett, and Barcia to take over the podium positions. We hope to see Wharton strive for redemption in the coming weeks.

Deano was pumped. We swear.

Deano was pumped. We swear.

Ya know, there was quite the bevy of promo ladies in Atlanta this weekend, so we thought we’d introduce you to a few of them…

Monster girls

Monster girls

Rockstar girls

Rockstar girls

Parts TV girls

Parts TV girls

More Rockstar girls

More Rockstar girls

Speed TV girls, who were happy to snap a memorable photo of you.

Speed TV girls, who were happy to snap a memorable photo of you.

Falken girls

Falken girls

even more Rockstar girls

even more Rockstar girls

and a few more, just for good measure.

and a few more, just for good measure.

Toyota girl

Toyota girl

Falken girls

Falken girls

Congratulations to Mike Stevens for winning Ryan Villopoto's custom-painted Volcom Thor helmet. Stevens not only got all three answers correctly in last week's @twmxdotcom @ryan_villopoto2 @volcom twitter contest, he smoked the competition, posting 2-1-2 "moto" scores as the questions were tweeted. Congrats, Mike! E-mail us your address and we'll get it shipped out right away!

Congratulations to Mike Stevens for winning Ryan Villopoto's custom-painted Volcom Thor helmet. Stevens not only got all three answers correctly in last week's @twmxdotcom @ryan_villopoto2 @volcom twitter contest, he smoked the competition, posting 2-1-2 "moto" scores as the questions were tweeted. Congrats, Mike! E-mail us your address and we'll get it shipped out right away!