The Sandbox – Practice Concludes At Southwick

By Brendan Lutes
Photos by Jeff Kardas
Qualifying has wrapped up at the sixth round of the Lucas Oil AMA Motocross Championships at MX338 in Southwick, Massachusetts. In the week leading up to the event, the surrounding area was hammered with storms, leaving the track a little wet for the first sessions. At Southwick, the first session usually produces the best times thanks to the smooth conditions, and this year was no different, as Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart laid down the fastest lap with a time of 1:54.953. Behind him, Muscle Milk Honda’s Justin Barcia posted a time of 1:55.220, while third quickest was Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey. It must be noted, however, that the second practice times were slower due to the rougher conditions, and Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto was the quickest just ahead of Stewart.

Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart was fastest in the 450 class. He posted the time in the first session.

In the 250 class, GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac turned in the fastest time at 1:58.259. Behind him, his teammate Zach Osborne was second fastest with a time of 1:59.255. Third quickest was Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen with a time of 1:59.342.
Southwick is the final round of the WMX Triple Crown Series, and in practice, Jessica Patterson was the fastest, turning in a time of 2:08.809 in the first session. Second quickest was Sweden’s Makenzie Tricker with a time of 2:10.606, while third was Sara Pettersson with a time of 2:11.098. In the second session, however, Tricker was faster than Patterson, setting the stage for some exciting racing later today. A champion will be crowned today.

The Sandbox – Practice Concludes At Southwick

1. James Stewart 1:54.953
2. Justin Barcia 1:55.220
3. Ryan Dungey 1:55.538
4. Ryan Villopoto 1:56.027
5. Tyla Rattray 1:56.065

1. Eli Tomac 1:58.259
2. Zach Osborne 1:59.255
3. Ken Roczen 1:59.342
4. Kyle Cunningham 1:59.350
5. Jeremy Martin 1:59.992

1. Jessica Patterson 2:08.809
2. Makenzie Tricker 2:10.606
3. Sara Pettersson 2:11.098
4. Jacqueline Strong 2:11.449
5. Lindsey Palmer 2:11.497