Race Report – Southwick

Page One: Lites Class/Page Two: Motocross Class/Page Three: WMA

Words and Photos by Brendan Lutes
With the Motocross class title already wrapped up by Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki’s Chad Reed, and the Lites title closer than ever, the penultimate round of the 2009 Lucas Oils AMA Motocross Championships went down at the famous Motocross 338 facility in Southwick, Massachusetts. Under cloudy skies and constant steady rain, both classes produced surprises in the form of first-time winners.
In the Lites class, Geico Powersports/Honda’s Justin Barcia took home the overall ahead of Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Tyla Rattray, while Barcia’s teammate Brett Metcalfe finished third. On top of the podium in the Motocross class was Factory Yamaha fill-in Matt Goerke with Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki’s Michael Byrne in second and Southwick’s own John Dowd completing the podium.


With the championship on the line and a slim nine-point lead going into this weekend’s race, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Christophe Pourcel needed to finish in front of Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey. Unfortunately for the French rider, however, bad luck struck in both motos, causing him to DNF the first moto and crash in the first turn in the second, ultimately finishing 18th overall after climbing his way back up from near last position in the final moto. In the championship chase, Dungey took over the red plate after turning in two consistent rides despite going down in the first turn of the second moto. Dungey’s impressive 2-4 performance was enough to give him a 17-point lead going into the final round next weekend.
As for the rest of the field, Justin Barcia found himself on top of the podium for the first time in his young career after chasing down and passing Dungey in the first moto. Then after getting hung up on the gate in the second moto, Barcia managed to work his way up to third—good enough for the overall victory. Taking the second moto win, however, was MX2 World Champion Tyla Rattray who led the moto from start to finish, securing the runner-up position in the overall finishing order. The final position on the overall podium went to Barcia’s teammate Brett Metcalfe. Metty turned in two very consistent finishes in both motos, going 4-2 for third overall.

1.    Justin Barcia (Hon) 1-3
2.    Tyla Rattray (Kaw) 6-1
3.    Brett Metcalfe (Hon) 4-2
4.    Ryan Dungey (Suz) 2-4
5.    Taylor Futrell (Hon) 7-7
6.    Tommy Searle (KTM) 9-6
7.    Blake Wharton (Hon) 3-15
8.    Broc Tickle (Yam) 8-13
9.    Jake Weimer (Kaw) 13-9
10.    Blake Baggett (Kaw) 15-8
11.    PJ Larsen (Kaw) 10-14
12.    Ryan Sipes (KTM) 25-5
13.    Austin Stroupe (Kaw) 5-29
14.    Vince Freise (Hon) 11-16
15.    Steve Clarke (Suz) 16-12
16.    Scott Champion (Hon) 12-17
17.    Alex Martin (Hon) 20-10
18.    Christophe Pourcel (Kaw) 27-11
19.    Wil Hahn (KTM) 14-34
20.    Spencer Dally (Hon) 18-20

2009 Lucas Oils AMA Motocross Lites Championship (After 11 of 12 rounds):
1.    Ryan Dungey (459)
2.    Christophe Pourcel (442)
3.    Brett Metcalfe (352)
4.    Jake Weimer (322)
5.    Justin Barcia (312)
6.    Tommy Searle (309)
7.    Broc Tickle (263)
8.    Blake Wharton (240)
9.    Tyle Rattray (236)
10.    Kyle Cunningham (174)