Here's a gallery of photos from the Southwick AMA National practice sessions courtesy of Steve Cox.
There's quite a crowd on hand for this year's event. Cox Sebastien Tortelli (left) talks with Erin Bates about training Blake Wharton. Cox Kyle Chisholm was second-fastest in 450cc qualifying behind Ben Townley. Cox Ryan Dungey was fourth-fastest, with Jeremy Medaglia coming in third from the unseeded practice session. Cox Brett Metcalfe was fifth-fastest. Fellow Honda rider Andrew Short failed to qualify on time after a mechanical in the first session, so he got in on a top-10 provisional, bumping Michael Hacia, who qualified 40th. Cox John Dowd was only 23rd in practice, but it 1.5 seconds out of 10th. Cox Jake Pinhancos, in the Team USA garb, was the 65cc racer on Team USA's FIM Junior Motocross World Championship team, which won gold a few days ago. Cox Big B throws a new shock in Trey Canard's bike after first practice. Canard was 10th fastest. Cox Gareth Swanepoel's bike being washed by mechanic Eric Gass. Cox Chris Pourcel was fastest in 250cc qualifying. Cox Tyla Rattray was second. Cox Dean Wilson completed the PC sweep with third in practice. Cox Eli Tomac getting stretched out by his dad, John. Tomac was strong in practice, posting the fifth-fastest time. Cox Blake Wharton was seventh-fastest. Cox Justin Barcia, who won the overall here last year, was eighth-fastest. Cox South Africa's Gareth Swanepoel is filling in on the DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing Yamaha team. Cox Trey Canard: "What do you know about motocross, old man?" Cox Kawasaki has confirmed they're trying to work out a deal with Billy Mackenzie to race the last two nationals. Cox Josh Grant (33) crashed in first practice and injured his shoulder. He's out for the day and maybe longer, pending an MRI this week. Cox