As expected round 10 of the Lucas Oils AMA Motocross Championship at MX 338 in Southwick, Massachusetts, didn’t disappoint this past weekend. While Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey wrapped up the 450 class championship, the 250 class title hunt tightened up even more, as current points leader Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Christophe Pourcel finished off the podium for the first time in quite a while. Pourcel’s misfortune was compounded by Geico Powersports/Honda’s Trey Canard’s first moto win and subsequent third overall finish. Like always, though, the racing action wasn’t all that went down at the ‘Wick, and we managed to capture just about everything else. So sit back, relax, and flip through the following pages to get filled in on the inside scoop.
Like always, early in the morning was when the Southwick track looked pristine. This photo was shot before practice even got underway.
As the day progressed, the track quickly turned into one of the roughest on the circuit. Riders commented that even from lap to lap, the lines would change, forcing them to adapt to the racing surface. If one thing is certain, Southwick is truly a unique track on the AMA circuit.
While cruising around the pits, we stumbled across some of Alpinestars’ newest additions to its protective gear line up. This is the A6 chest protector and is designed to be worn under the jersey and work perfectly with the Alpinestars Bionic Neck Support to give you full upper body protection.
While the A6 chest protector is worn under the jersey, the A10 is worn over the jersey. Just like the A6, though, the A10 was designed to work specifically with the Bionic Neck Support system without hindering comfort. What you can’t see in this photo, however, is the extensive back protection that Alpinestars took from its development work with back protectors.
Just like every year, Southwick local John Dowd came out of retirement to race. Last year, Dowdy finished on the podium with a 10-2 moto tally for third overall. This year, however, the popular rider didn’t have the best of luck. In the first moto, Dowd turned in a very good 11th place finish. The second, though, was when everything went downhill, as he crashed in the first turn and eventually pulled out of the race due to bike problems.
In spite of his second moto misfortune, John Dowd still gets to keep his number 16 for one more year due to his 11th place finish in the first moto.
Southwick is always one of those tracks where local riders tend to shine. Unfortunately for local privateer Jimmy Decotis, though, his day didn’t go as planned. He finished 17th overall with a 20-14 moto score.
One rider that turned quite a few heads this weekend was KTM privateer Jeremy Medaglia. Medaglia turned in the third fastest qualifying time in the morning, but his motos didn’t go quite as well. He finished 22nd in the first moto, and 20th in the second. Still, the young rider proved that he in fact does have the speed.
Here’s what happened to Medaglia off the start of the second moto. Somehow his front end tucked, spitting him over the bars before the pack got to the first turn.