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)

Since wrapping up the title last week at Budds Creek, Chad Reed came into Southwick looking to have fun and finish the season on a high note. After easily winning the first moto over fellow Australians Monster Energy Kawasaki's Jake Moss and Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki's Michael Byrne, Reed came out in the second, took the early lead, and began pulling away. Near the halfway mark, however, Reedy hit a kicker on the landing of the finishline jump, violently spitting him over the bars and forcing him out of the race. Reed withdrew from the race; however, he left under his own power without assistance from the Asterisk Mobile Medic crew. With that, Yamaha's Matt Goerke took over the lead while Southwick local John Dowd moved into third. The finishing order in the second moto saw Goerke take his first-ever moto win and overall victory while 44 year-old Dowd finished third overall. Taking the runner-up position in the overall was Michael Byrne.
The Motocross class did see a stand out performance from not only Southwick local Dowd—which can be expected almost every year—but Robby Marshall. In the first moto, Marshall ran third until the final lap when he fell in a turn, handing the position to Byrne. On the day, Marshall went 5-7 for fifth overall.

1.    Matt Goerke (Yam) 6-1
2.    Michael Byrne (Suz) 3-3
3.    John Dowd (Kaw) 10-2
4.    Tommy Hahn (Kaw) 9-4
5.    Robby Marshall (Suz) 5-7
6.    Kyle Regal (Yam) 4-10
7.    Andrew Short (Hon) 7-9
8.    Chad Reed (Suz) 1-31
9.    Jake Moss (Kaw) 2-30
10.    Ricky Renner (Hon) 11-12
11.    Ivan Tedesco (Hon) 36-5
12.    Les Smith (Kaw) 12-14
13.    Tyler Bowers (Hon) 22-6
14.    Jimmy Albertson (Yam) 15-13
15.    Christian Craig (Yam) 29-8
16.    Justin Brayton (KTM) 8-24
17.    Jeff Alessi (Hon) 24-11
18.    Davi Millsaps (Hon) 14-20
19.    Cody Cooper (Yam) 13-25
20.    Nick Wey (Yam) 30-15

2009 Lucas Oils AMA Motocross Championships (After 11 of 12 rounds):
1.    Chad Reed (459)*
2.    Andrew Short (356)
3.    Ivan Tedesco (338)
4.    Michael Byrne (316)
5.    Josh Grant (280)
6.    Tommy Hahn (259)
7.    Justin Brayton (214)
8.    Cody Cooper (184)
9.    Nick Wey (182)
10.    Jimmy Albertson (164)

With a comfortable points lead in the championship chase, Red Bull Honda Racing's Ashley Fiolek just needs to remain consistent in the final two rounds of the series. At Southwick, the Honda rider managed to turn in two consistent moto performances to finish second overall and maintain her points lead over Geico Powersports/Honda's Jessica Patterson who took the overall win after going 1-1 on the day.
Both motos went down in much the same way, as Patterson took the holeshot and never looked back, pulling out to comfortable leads to take the win. In second on the overall podium, Fiolek was forced to work her way up to third in the first moto and second in the final race. Behind the top two on the podium was Red Bull/Yamaha's Tarah Gieger in her first ride back since breaking her wrist. The Puerto Rico native went 7-3 on the day for third overall on the rough, difficult course. Heading into the final round in Steel City next week, Fiolek holds a comfortable 41-point lead over Patterson.

1.    Jessica Patterson (Hon) 1-1
2.    Ashley Fiolek (Hon) 3-2
3.    Tarah Gieger (Yam) 7-3
4.    Sherri Cruse (Suz) 2-9
5.    Heidi Cooke (Kaw) 6-4
6.    Sara Price (Kaw) 4-6
7.    Julie Anne Parizek (Kaw) 5-5
8.    Alyssa Fitch (Hon) 9-7
9.    Elizabeth Bash (Kaw) 8-8
10.    Jacqueline Strong (Hon) 12-11

2009 Lucas Oils AMA WMA Championship (After 7 of 8 rounds):
1.    Ashley Fiolek (336)
2.    Jessica Patterson (295)
3.    Sherri Cruse (258)
4.    Sara Price (208)
5.    Vicki Golden (192)
6.    Elizabeth Bash (187)
7.    Sara Whitmore (149)
8.    Penni Cyrus (134)
9.    Mariana Balbi (126)
10.    Jacqueline Strong (114)