As per usual, the legendary sand track made for a gnarly day of racing. Whether you missed Saturday’s event or you can’t get enough Southwick, we’ve got you covered with behind the scenes action and race results in this week’s Kickstart.
– East Coast races always come with potential threats of foul weather, and Southwick was no different. After some rain on Friday, the track was especially hot and humid for most of Saturday, even becoming dusty at times. Initially, we were told that if the weather was to turn, it would likely happen between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM. It wasn’t until the 250’s were lining up for their final moto, around 4:30 PM, that the sky suddenly turned to gray and rain began to fall. This made for a hectic end to the day, as few were prepared to face the wet conditions.
– There were questions surrounding Southwick and whether or not it was truly the sandiest track on the circuit anymore. With RedBud and Millville both adding more sand to their circuits, would Southwick still have its unique effect on the results? That depends on who you ask, as Tomac and Osborne both put in great rides. It could be argued that the red plate holders are both skilled sand riders though, and as impressive as they were, the stories that developed throughout the rest of the field proved that yes, the sands of Southwick really do create motocross magic.
– Southwick is also known for attracting local Northeast legends, and although the days of John Dowd’s pro career may be in the rearview mirror, his son Ryan is following in his dad’s footsteps. The Massachusetts native seems to have even earned a fitting nickname, “the Junkyard Pup.” Dowd certainly had the track figured out, qualifying 7th in practice and finishing the day 18th with 18-16 moto scores. Like father, like son.
– Dowd was joined by a whole host of local riders, with entries for the 450 MX class at 88. Among them were familiar names like Robbie Marshall and Alias’ Eric Grondahl. Marshall is certainly a well-known name in the area, and he had fans even more amped up by racing a KTM 250 SX two-stroke. Although they were unable to crack the top 20 overall, we have to give a shout out to all of the locals who raced among the best and proved just how gnarly they really are.
– Mechanical DNF’s and crashes were also a big story from this weekend, making for a day of mixed results for many riders. Luckily many were able to avoid major injury, and although there were some shakeups in the points standings in both classes, there’s still plenty of hope in the closing rounds of the outdoors.
– Bike brand breakdown by class:
Yamaha – 15
KTM – 8
Honda – 7
Kawasaki – 7
Husqvarna – 2
Suzuki – 1
KTM – 11
Honda – 8
Yamaha – 8
Kawasaki – 6
Suzuki – 4
Husqvarna – 3