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Vital MX Pit Bits: 2023 Tampa Supercross – Motocross Feature

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Military appreciation night brings out the best in some designers. Between the bike graphics and gear, it’s always a drool-worthy trip through the pits. This year’s edition was held in Tampa, Florida, for round five of the 2023 Monster Energy Supercross season. Scroll down and enjoy.

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This week’s opening ceremonies had a little extra focus on honoring our armed forces, along with the men and women who have served.

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Mitch Payton’s Pro Circuit squad has always been one to go heavy on a theme for Military night and this year’s version didn’t disappoint.

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Aluminum and rivet themed, like a WW2 fight plane or bomber.

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Caution labels and Pin-up girl included.

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Even on the front fender.

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It’s the little details.

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Sadly, the Star team didn’t participate in 2023 on either the 450 or 250 side.

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Eli’s brother Gregory is a member of the armed forces but is actually an Air Force pilot. This year. Eli went with the Blue Angel’s theme again, similar to last year, but with a full helmet scheme to match.

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Even after a sub-par night (by Tomac standards), Eli holds the red plate going into Oakland…by two points over Chase Sexton.

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Speaking of Chase Sexton, he was also laced up in a Blue Angel’s themed Alpinestars kit.

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After the main event, Chase revisited the scene of the crime. Checking out the lines and options through the whoops, where he ultimately lost the race to Cooper Webb.

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The Team Honda HRC crew killed it this year with their SR-71 “Blackbird” inspired kit.

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“WARNING EXPLOSIVE POWER”

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Really cool to see the Honda guys go all in by not running any red plastic on the bikes, going all black with just some red highlights.

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Hunter’s machine.

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Sponsor logos were tweaked for the weekend and moved about.

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Team MXoN headband coming back into play.

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The crew from Fox Moto went with a really unique gear theme. Instead of the usual camo or military green colors, they went for gear that emulates the look of a thermal scanner…like a weapons system that could use to find targets. It’s a little out there but total A+ for creativity and doing something different!

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Christian Craig’s version to meet some sponsor requirements.

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The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna crew participated with a white/snow camo design.

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Other side.

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Some small details stashed in there.

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Cooper Webb was in a more traditional military olive colored Thor gearset.

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Dog tags on point with his dad’s name onboard.

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Little bit of digital came sprinkled in.

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Some red, white, and blue.

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And all the branches of the forces represented.

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The HEP crew had two teams and two themes to work with in Tampa.

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The Twisted Tea side of the tents and SKDA mixed a snow camo with the shark teeth design made famous by the P-40 Warhawk.

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Closer look at the P40 teeth design.

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The Progressive Insurance side of the team went with a simpler design but with some cool details.

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Kenny also rocking the Fox Thermal kit.

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The look on Max Anstie’s face when he sees sand on a Supercross track.

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The Firepower Honda went all white for the evening with their 250s.

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While SKDA mixed a lot more grey into Deano’s Firepower CRF450R.

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Chance Hymas was one of the Fly riders rocking their new LE kit which fit the night’s activities and is also available to the public starting now.

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Custom Upfits brought out their sidecar Pro Circuit Kawasaki KX250, which they’ve been using to give injured Veterans a chance to ride around a motocross track again.

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Jeremy Martin and the ClubMX team had gear and bikes dialed in for the weekend.

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The ClubMX crew went full plastics and graphics on their setup, going with a desert plastic design and some traditional camo.

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Fort Bragg is located in North Carolina, about two hours from ClubMX’s facility.

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Team Tedder was dialed in as well.

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We noticed a change on Haiden Deegan’s bike after his first pro weekend.

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After mentioning last weekend that Haiden was running WCL engine mounts, he’s swapped back to stock now, similar to Jordon Smith’s machine.

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Willy Wonka sighting.

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It sounds like Joey Savatgy will be continuing with Rick Ware Racing for the rest of the 2023 Supercross season, after an initial eight-race deal. We also hear that RWR would like to lineup with two 450 riders and a full semi in the 2024 Supercross series.

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Jason Anderson completed the Blue Angel’s Alpinestar trio in the 450 class.

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Aaron Plessinger is giving KTM more and more reasons to re-sign the moto redneck for the 2024.

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Alex Ray is set to have surgery this week. Get well soon A-Ray.

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The emotions post race…and post almost win… See you all next week.



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