This race is home turf for the H.E.P. Suzuki team.

A couple weeks ago we showed you a new custom-painted Arain for Alex Martin. Unfortunately, crashes happen, and he now has a shiny new custom replacement.

Jared Keller dialing in some suspension for the line JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing rider, Alex Martin.

The JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing crew did up some black plastic for Alex Martin's 250. Alex's mechanic, Lee McCollum lost his backpack to a smash and grab thief at a local restaurant the day before the race. That seems to be a regular occurrence in the area, as a similar fate befell the Husky team in recent years.

The Sheriff's K9 unit did a quick pass-through in the pits Saturday morning.

Ah yeah...how many of you remember back to when bikes like this graced the stadiums?

Chad Reed's rig and bike were on hand, but Chad was sidelined this weekend due to reinjured ribs.

The show went on for Chad's VIP experience, though.

Jordan Troxell warming up Ken Roczen's Honda.

We dig how 3D printed parts protect the kill switch on the Team Honda bikes.

So fresh every weekend. The amount of prep that goes into these bikes is insane.

Gather 'round, gearheads.

It's pretty amazing how much material has been whittled away on the triple clamps that the KTM and Husky guys are using.

After his hard crash in Glendale, Adam Cianciarulo was one sore puppy, and said he got in one light day of riding this week.

Eli Tomac about to head out for the first free practice.

The good news? Cameron McAdoo is back in action. Due to the sand section, he didn't get a warm welcome.

Justin Cooper checking in with his team after the first free practice about suspension settings.

Ugh. Zach Osborne got a full firehose of roost as he headed into the sand section.


Cooper Webb has looked better every weekend since getting over his lung infection. He was third quickest in qualifying here.

The guys at Answer used this art from beegcreations on a Kobe tribute butt patch for Tyler Bowers.

Kyle Chisholm was chasing an electrical gremlin on his YZ450 with help from the Yamaha team. Unfortunately, he missed the first session, and had to roll a lot of the second session. He still qualified in 20th spot.

Michael Mosiman grabbed his first-ever podium last weekend. He also qualified fourth here. #trending.

Well, fans of the San Francisco 49ers (and there are a bunch of them here in the Bay Area) might not dig Austin Forkner's butt patch, but a guy has to cheer on his home team.

Fastest in the 250 class? That's Dylan Ferrandis.

We're digging this Fox gear.

The jumps leading into the sand section underwent a couple changes since Friday's Press Day riding. Several riders were doubling a section that was never meant to be doubled. The first solution was to add a small roller before the first jump, but guys were clipping the jump during the first session on Saturday. Then the roller was made big enough that guys could clear it easily, but it also required them to double the first big jump and not attempt to make it to the wall jump beyond.

Ken Roczen was the first to two wins. Take your pick...what happens first? Does someone else match his total? Or does he get his third win?

Malcolm Stewart had a Kobe tribute on his butt patch. We hear there are several other riders with butt patches or other insignias on their gear to commemorate him during tonight's action.

The sand section here provided some interesting moments during qualifying...both good, and bad. Alex Ray demonstrates here. Let's check out a few more pics.

Eli got a little loose at one point.

Martin Davalos showed some really good speed last weekend in Glendale, and sprayed around a lot of sand in the final session.

The fifth qualifying spot in the 450 class went to Jason Anderson.

This is just to prove that Eli also knows how to get it done through the sand.

This is about the time GuyB starts thinking about an exit strategy.

Happy Birthday, Troy Lee.

Malcolm Stewart is rocking a Raider-inspired helmet for the weekend.

Some folks (like at Team Tedder) take their in-pit security seriously, with the cable, and rear brake rotor lock.

Apparently this one got left outside for too long... (Sorry, Derek.)

Eli goes for a quick meet 'n greet on the way to practice.

250 West points leader, Justin Cooper, during the last qualifying session. He goes into the night program as the third-fastest.

Penrite Honda's Luke Clout put in a strong top-five qualifying effort.

Austin Forkner nabbed the second spot among the 250s. He's looking to make up another bunch of points in the title chase this weekend.

The first turn will be a lot like last week's, but the start straight is a whole lot shorter.

Justin Barcia doing a little creative berm rearrangement.

Blake Baggett was fourth among the 450 qualifiers.

If you go strictly by qualifying times, the race tonight should be between Eli Tomac and his Monster Energy Kawasaki teammate, Adam Cianciarulo. Eli qualified second, and about five-hundredths back.

Adam Cianciarulo is your top 450 qualifier.


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GuyB GuyB 2/1/2020 5:21 PM

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That picture of ferrandis ripping the corner shows why he runs such a high bar. Look at that upper body posture and leg extension to bar perfection.

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I think he is referring to the fact that the dog is there in the first place, seriously though what the fuck are they looking for and why?

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