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Fant Files: In the Pits of Phoenix Supercross

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January 27, 2017
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Comparison|| Chad Reed vs Cooper Webb’s Factory Yamaha YZ450Fs

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While Cooper Webb prefers to run a new seat (stiffer feel), Chad Reed runs a used seat on his YZ450F.

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Eric Gass (Mechanic for Cooper Webb) explained that Chad is running the traditional spring forks while Coop is running AIR.

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Cooper and Chad are running different suspension packages on their YZFs

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Both Yamahas are equipped with Dunlop Geomax tires but they differ in tread patterns

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Their motor packages differ in power delivery. Chad prefers a broader feel where Cooper likes it grunty on the bottom end

 

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The Lone Ranger. For now Cole Seely will be representing the HRC effort at the races. Will we see a fill in rider for the #94 ?

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Coated works forks off Justin Bogle’s Factory RCH Suzuki RMZ450.

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After early press day morning, Weston Peick’s JGR Suzuki getting some work done in the pits

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Shane McElrath’s mechanic Andy Dalton in route to sound check

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The Red shock of Cole Seely and Ken Roczen will cause you to stop, stare, and continue staring

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Factory HRC hubs with the KR touch. Notice the wheel spacers with holes in them to save weight.

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Chain tensors look a little pushed out? That’s because the gearing in Supercross is much different than an outdoor set up

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It’s all about data collection for the factory teams. You’ll find this on the Factory RCH Suzuki of Justin Bogle and Broc Tickle

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Justin Bogle’s Yoshimura RS-12 Carbon exhaust system

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Can you hear me now? Sound check happens most of Friday and continues into Saturday morning. Here is Jeremy Martin’s bike passing with flying colors

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Works triple clamps from Honda

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The Star Racing Yamaha bikes feature gold hubs with a matching gold front sprocket and gold chain

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Jason Lawrence is back! Nope… that’s just Privateer Ryan Surrat and his FMF equipped Kawasaki KX250F

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Works front brake caliper and brake line safety wired. You’ll see this on certain parts of the factory bikes to ensure there are no issues during racing

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Pro Circuit runs water coolers to keep their Kawasaki KX250Fs to a good operating temperature under race conditions

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You can’t miss the polished cases of the PC team bikes. You can almost see your reflection in them

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We had to stop and admire the beefy welds off the swing arm of the PC Kawasakis

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Weight loss is huge for the race teams. Titanium bolt kits and bored out washers are just some of the ways they cut weight on these bikes.

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Trick Raptor Titanium footpegs on the Star Racing Yamahas

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Something is missing here? The Factory Honda CRF 450s are running electric starts

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Best of luck to Ken Roczen and wishing him a speedy recovery

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