Southwick always brings out some special modifications to not only bikes, but riders’ gear as well. We caught One Industries’ Jeremy Deegan gluing an extra nose guard onto Justin Brayton’s helmets. Deegan said that the 100% goggles that Brayton prefers don’t have a nose guard on them, so he glues a little extra protection onto his helmet.
Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda’s Eric Gass received some fresh stitches in his right thumb after he—let’s just say—had an incident with a knife. He never heard the last of it from the team.
Many of the teams were running added mud protection on the radiators of the bikes. This plastic mesh was on Josh Grant’s JWR Kawasaki.
To keep mud from building up on his rider’s bike, Gass applied panty hose to the radiators. Be careful with that knife special buddy!
Tire choice is always important, but it’s amplified at the unique Southwick track. Here, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Dana Wiggins changes the front tire of Jake Weimer’s bike before practice. He said that last year, Weimer ran a hard terrain tire, but this year elected to go with a soft terrain front.
, Monday Kickstart
, blake baggett
, dirt bike
, john dowd
, Lucas Oil
, ryan dungey