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Sign of the (Lap) Times: Southwick

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Who was the fastest in the deep Southwick sand? Take a wild guess. Of course it was the 2008 AMA Motocross Champion, James Stewart, who recorded a 2:00.158 on lap two of the first 17-lap moto. The second-fastest lap time in the class came from Honda Red Bull’s Andrew Short, who recorded a 2:03.570 on lap two, edging out GP sand specialist Marc de Reuver, who logged a 2:04.440 on his way to finishing a very impressive third on the #154 Red Bull Honda. Take a look at the top 20 fastest riders from both classes below:


Finish
Best Lap Time
Rider
Bike
1
02:00.158
Kawasaki
1
02:02.502
Kawasaki
4
02:03.570
Honda
2
02:03.750
Suzuki
3
02:04.120
Kawasaki
10
02:04.440
Marc de Reuver
Honda
10
02:04.776
Honda
9
02:05.715
Yamaha
6
02:05.810
Honda
3
02:05.859
Kawasaki
2
02:05.887
Cody Cooper
Suzuki
7
02:05.925
Honda
12
02:05.938
Honda
13
02:06.167
KTM
8
02:06.179
Yamaha
6
02:06.208
Suzuki
5
02:06.319
Honda
4
02:06.448
Kawasaki
5
02:06.540
Sean Hamblin
Yamaha
14
02:06.632
Suzuki

  • Blake Wharton posted some impressive times in only his second race as a professional.
  • At 43 years of age, John Dowd can still run with the best at Southwick.
  • Star Racing's Matt Lemoine
  • Andrew Short was second quickest behind Stewart.
Other riders worth mentioning down the list include privateer Honda rider Jeff Alessi (2:05.925) and MDK KTM’s Matt Goerke, who had an outstanding day going until his KTM 450 SX/F let go in moto two. Local hero John Dowd also deserves some credit, recording the tenth-fastest lap time in his class en route to a sixth overall!

In the Lites class, we see both Ryans on top of the chart, with Brett Metcalfe scoring a lap time not that far off. But check out rookie Blake Wharton from the GEICO Powersports Honda team, who is running lap times just two seconds shy of the fastest Lites riders in the world! That’s not too shabby for only his second pro national.

Other notable times came from rookie Steven Clarke, who made his debut with a top-ten lap time, and Canadian Jeremy Medaglia, who guided his Boost Mobile/Yamaha of Troy YZ250F to the tenth-fastest Lites time.
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