Race Day Feed: Southwick

Race Day Feed Southwick

July 8, 2017 6:30am

Welcome to the Racer X Race Day Feed, your one-stop shop for round seven of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross from Southwick, MA, at the Southwick National. We’ll be updating this post throughout the day with news, notes, and results from qualifying and the motos, so be sure to check back throughout the day. You can also follow Racer X on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook to stay up on all the action.

(Note: All updates will run top to bottom, starting with the morning report and going through the motos. So, make sure to scroll down for the latest.)

Morning Report

For a second straight year, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross returns to a revamped, and renamed, The Wick 338. Tucked away inside the center of Southwick, the track was brought back to life by local legends Keith Johnson and John Dowd (who help run the day-to-day operations), and Mike Grondahl, founder of Planet Fitness, who now leases the facility from the American Legion, and ran its first National last year for the first time since 2013.

Hoping to return to what they referred to as “’80s Southwick”, the facility brought in 30 truckloads of sand this year. With a strong local racing series—NESC—the only sand track on the circuit has always played well to the locals, including Dowd himself. In 1998, Dowd dethroned the GOAT, Ricky Carmichael here and in 2009, he made history again, becoming the oldest rider to finish on the podium when at 44 he finished third behind Matt Goerke and Michael Bryne. In 2013, Dowd called it a career, racing one last time at Southwick, going 30-19 for 23rd overall.

This year will be no different, as the Southwick faithful will be hanging over the fences cheering on locals, like Robby Marshall, who is racing a two-stroke in the 450 Class, and Ryan Dowd, son of John.

In one of the most dominating seasons we’ve seen in recent memory, Ken Roczen lost just four motos last year en route to the 450MX championship. Two of those came at Southwick, where Eli Tomac was flawless, leading 19 laps on the day en route to his only 1-1 performance a year ago. Heading into today, Tomac is once again the favorite, and due to Blake Baggett’s second moto at RedBud, holds a 13-point advantage in the standings—his first lead since Glen Helen.

450 Standings - 2017

1Eli Tomac Cortez, CO400
2Blake Baggett Grand Terrace, CA373
3Marvin Musquin La Reole, France369
4Dean Wilson Scotland, United Kingdom299
5Cole Seely Newbury Park, CA263
Full Standings

Speaking of Baggett, after the race we heard that he suffered a sprained thumb in the first lap collision with Jason Anderson last weekend. Aaron Hansel texted his mechanic Nate Alexander earlier this week, and Nate said that Baggett was alright, that “he’s a hardass,” and that pain doesn’t really affect him. Baggett rode press day on Thursday, and those that were in attendance said he looked great. We’ll see today, as press day and two 30-minute plus two motos are entirely different things.

In other injury news, Trey Canard’s first season with Red Bull KTM continues to be thwarted by injuries. After making his Lucas Oil Pro Motocross debut at Muddy Creek, and racing RedBud, Canard crashed practicing this week and while the team says he didn’t sustain any bodily injuries, the impact was enough to sideline him for the weekend. Yesterday, RCH/Yoshimura Suzuki announced that Broc Tickle will miss the rest of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross after an MRI reveled his shoulder injury sustained in practice at RedBud was much worse than expected. The injury won't require surgery, but Tickle is expected to miss six-to-eight weeks.

There doesn’t appear to be much that is going to slow Zach Osborne down this year, as the 250SX East Region Champion brings a 38-point lead in the 250 Class with him into Southwick. The Martin brothers, Alex and Jeremy, tossed away chances at an overall last weekend, and an opportunity to make up some points on Osborne. With his past GP experience, Osborne could extend his points lead by even more after today.

250 Standings - 2017

1Zach Osborne Abingdon, VA413
2Jeremy Martin Millville, MN350
3Joey Savatgy Thomasville, GA324
4Dylan Ferrandis Avignon, France299
5Alex Martin Millville, MN296
Full Standings

Qualifying starts shortly, make sure to check back throughout the day.

First Practice Session

Newsflash: Eli Tomac is fast at Southwick. Like, really, really fast. The 450 points leader set the tone early at The Wick 338, setting the quickest time in the first qualifying session—by more than two seconds! Tomac set a 2:04.471 to capture the top time.

Blake Baggett, who reportedly sustained a sprained thumb in a second moto incident with Jason Anderson in the second moto at RedBud, was second quickest with a 2:06.636. Cooper Webb was third fastest, nearly a full second off Baggett and three full seconds off Tomac. Marvin Musquin, Christian Craig, Justin Barcia, Josh Grant, Cole Seely, Dakota Alix, and Martin Davalos rounded out the top 10.

Ryan Dowd, son of the legendary John Dowd, took advantage of a nice track in the first 450 B session (the first practice of the day) to set a 2:08.910, which was the seventh fastest time overall.

450 A session one
450 A session one

The 450 field, already without Broc Tickle and Trey Canard this weekend, was dealt another blow today. According to Racer X’s Steve Matthes Jason Anderson crashed on Thursday and while he reportedly checked out, he is sore. In the first session, he ran just two laps and was last in qualifying (43rd). After practice, Anderson announced on Twitter that he has decided to sit the race out today. Anderson told Racer X's Jason Weigandt that he tried a scrub and it went too far and he high-sided and hurt his back "really bad."

We mentioned a few times this week to keep an eye out for Dylan Ferrandis at Southwick. The ex-GP championship contender is great in the sand, and it showed in the first 250 qualifying session. The Frenchmen set the fastest time, just edging out points leader Zach Osborne. Ferrandis’ 2:10.613 was a few tenths of a second faster than Osborne’s 2:10.847. They were the only two riders in the 2:10s.

Colt Nichols’ 2:11.359 was third fastest ahead Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki teammates Adam Cianciarulo and Joey Savaty. Aaron Plessinger, Shane McElrath, Austin Forkner, Jeremy Martin, and RJ Hampshire rounded out the top 10.

250 A session one.
250 A session one.

Second Practice Session

According to NBC Sports’ Georgia Albertson, due to the Fourth of July holiday and an early arrival to Southwick for press day, Blake Baggett was unable to get an MRI on his thumb injury from last week. The results likely wouldn’t have mattered anyway, as Baggett was going to race this weekend no matter what.

As is typical of Southwick, the first practice times will hold up, as the track is getting rougher and rougher. Still, Eli Tomac was the quickest again in the second session, by more than a second over second place Marvin Musquin.

Of the top 10 in overall qualifying, only Marvin Musquin and Justin Bogle set their fastest time in the second session.

Rider First Session Second Session
Eli Tomac 2:04.471 2:06.158
Blake Baggett 2:06.636 2:11.742
Marvin Musquin 2:07.957 2:07.414
Cooper Webb 2:07.485 2:09.396
Christian Craig 2:08.079 2:10.137
Justin Barcia 2:08.191 2:10.268
Ryan Dowd 2:08.910 2:19.269
Josh Grant 2:08.917 2:12.837
Cole Seely 2:09.758 2:10.353
Justin Bogle 2:11.276 2:09.895

450 qualifying times are below:

450 session two.
450 session two.
450 combined times.
450 combined times.

Unlike the 450 Class, the second 250 session proved to be quickest at Southwick. Of the top 10 in qualifying, seven riders set their fastest time in the second session.

Dylan Ferrandis, who was fastest in the first session, held the top spot again in practice two before Zach Osborne swooped in to take the top time. It didn’t last long, as Adam Cianciarulo quickly jumped to the top, with Ferrandis jumping past Osborne as well, pushing the points leader down to third.

RJ Hampshire, who has dealt with mechanicals in three of the last four motos, was fourth fastest ahead of Aaron Plessinger. Colt Nichols, Jeremy Martin, Joey Savatgy, Austin Forkner, and Shane McElrath rounded out the top 10.

Rider First Session Second Session
Adam Cianciarulo 2:11.748 2:09.109
Dylan Ferrandis 2:10.613 2:09.506
Zach Osborne 2:10.847 2:09.544
RJ Hampshire 2:12.822 2:10.593
Aaron Plessinger 2:12.061 2:11.154
Colt Nichols 2:11.359 2:12.625
Jeremy Martin 2:12.571 2:11.585
Joey Savatgy 2:11.953 2:12.357
Austin Forkner 2:12.569 2:12.133
Shane McElrath 2:12.410 2:12.959
250 session two.
250 session two.
250 combined.
250 combined.

450 Moto One

Remember what we said about Eli Tomac going really, really, ridiculously, fast at Southwick? Yeah, that carried over into the first 450 moto where he dominated. His fastest time in the first moto was nearly three full seconds faster than second place Blake Baggett.

The moto started with some carnage, as Baggett and his Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-WPS-KTM teammate Dakota Alix battled for the holeshot. Baggett came flying around the corner right when Alix appeared to tuck the front a little and the two collided, with Alix ending up on the ground. Shortly after another pileup was started that collected Marvin Musquin, Justin Bogle, Christian Craig, and Henry Miller, among others.

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With Weston Peick and privateer Isaac Teasdale between he and Tomac, Baggett was hoping to get some breathing room. It didn’t happened. Tomac was quickly around Teasdale and Peick, and was quickly going after Baggett, railing the outside of the turns, carrying a ton of momentum. On the second lap, Tomac moved into the lead and never looked back. Check out a look at how quickly his lead increased:

Lap 3: Tomac up 1.8

Lap 4: Tomac up 4.8

Lap 5: Tomac up 6.1

Lap 7: Tomac up 7.7

Lap 8: Tomac up 9.1

Lap 10: Tomac up 11.7

Lap 13: Tomac 14.7

End of race: Tomac up 15.9

With Tomac taking off, and Baggett having established a comfortable lead on third place Cooper Webb, the action shifted toward Musquin’s charge through the field. By the midway point, Musquin had already worked into the top 10 and was approaching the back on the Cole Seely-Weston Peick battle for fourth, when he was gifted a spot after Peick suffered a mechanical. He also moved around Seely shortly after and began to close on Justin Barcia for fourth. The battle came down to the final lap with Barcia holding off Musquin’s charge until he suffered a bike problem (or ran out of gas. We're not sure yet) as well. Musquin finished fourth ahead of Seely.

According to NBC Sports’ Georgia Lindsey, privateer Fredrik Noren blew his motor in practice. A fellow privateer let Noren borrow a motor for the day and the Swedish rider went out and finished eighth in the first moto.

To recap: Tomac won by an impressive 15.9 seconds over Baggett. Webb captured his first career 450 moto podium in third, followed by Musquin, Seely, Dean Wilson, Martin Davalos, Noren, Justin Bogle, and Christian Craig. Barcia was credited with 12th.

450 moto one results.
450 moto one results.

250 Moto One

So many storylines emerged from the first 250 moto. The day started off terribly for Pro Circuit teammates Austin Forkner and Adam Cianciarulo. Forkner was down off the start and later had to stop in the pits due to a reported rear brake problem. He eventually pulled out of the moto and finished 37th. Cianciarulo, who qualified fastest earlier in the day, crashed twice on the opening lap and finished 15th.

The battle up front shifted directions some many times it was hard to keep track. Alex Martin led early with Aaron Plessinger, RJ Hampshire, Joey Savatgy and Dylan Ferrandis rounding out the top five. Hampshire was the early surprise of the moto, as he quickly worked around Plessinger and then Alex Martin to take the lead. His time up front was brief, though, as he lost the front end and was shifted back to fourth. This gave Alex Martin the lead again, but he had company in Plessinger and Ferrandis.

Plessinger was making a few small mistakes, but was able to stay in front of Ferrandis. On lap five, Plessinger made a big mistake and crashed shoulder first. He was attended to by the Alpinestars Medical Unit trackside and was unable to continue the moto.

Shortly after, Ferrandis mounted his own charge toward the lead. On lap seven, he found his way around Alex Martin. On the same lap, Zach Osborne, after a slow start, had moved into third around Hampshire. He’d make more noise up front later.

Up front, Ferrandis lost the front end and the lead back to Alex Martin. He was able to keep the bike running and two laps later was back in the lead. Meanwhile, Osborne was making a huge charge late and passed Alex Martin for second on lap 10 of 16. He began to mount a charge for the lead, but Ferrandis was able to respond and eventually stretched his lead to 7.9 seconds, capturing his second career 250MX moto win.

Jeremy Martin, who also got off to a slow start, challenged his brother at the end of the moto for third, but fell short and finished fourth. Hampshire finished fifth ahead of Mitchell Harrison, Savatgy, Colt Nichols, Chase Sexton and Luke Renzland.

250 moto one results.
250 moto one results.

450 Moto Two

It was slightly tougher this time around, but the end result was the same: Eli Tomac in a runaway.

Once again it was a pair of KTMs up front early, with Marvin Musquin and Blake Baggett slugging it out. Martin Davalos, Dakota Alix, and Justin Barcia followed. Eli Tomac was around 10th.

Tomac quickly began to slice his way through the pack, using any line that was available. He swiftly changed from inside to outside, and was soon on the back of Barcia for third. Barcia, who reportedly ran out of gas at the end of the first moto, was trying to hold off Tomac when he began to lose the rear and eventually fell off the side of the bike. He eventually finished the moto in 12th.

Up front, Tomac had made his way around Baggett rather easily, but Musquin impeded his charge to the front. The former points leader did well to hold Tomac at bay for a few laps, until lap six when Tomac was just too much. Shortly after losing the lead, Musquin got cross-rutted up the face of a jump and was launched off the track. He did get back on the bike but pulled into the mechanics area and did not finish the moto.

From there, Tomac ran away with another moto win, going unchallenged en route to a 21.2 second win. Baggett finished second and went 2-2 on the day.

Cooper Webb held third for much of the moto and was inline for the overall podium, but he went down late and finished sixth. This allowed Dean Wilson to take third and claim his first moto and overall podium in 450MX. Martin Davalos was a strong fourth, followed by Cole Seely, Webb, Christian Craig, Weston Peick, Henry Miller (the top privateer in the moto), and Fredrik Noren, who was in 32nd place after lap one.

Other Notes:
- Justin Bogle was down in the first turn. He came back to finish 13th.
- Josh Grant did not start the moto after reportedly twisting his knee in moto one.

450 moto two results.
450 moto two results.

Southwick - 450

- Southwick, MA

1Eli Tomac Cortez, CO1 - 1 Kawasaki KX 450F
2Blake Baggett Grand Terrace, CA2 - 2 KTM 450 SX-F FE
3Dean Wilson Scotland, United Kingdom6 - 3 Husqvarna FC450
4Cooper Webb Newport, NC3 - 6 Yamaha YZ 450F
5Martin Davalos Quito, Ecuador7 - 4 Husqvarna FC450
6Cole Seely Newbury Park, CA5 - 5 Honda CRF450R
7Christian Craig Hemet, CA10 - 7 Honda CRF450R
8Fredrik Noren Lidköping, Sweden8 - 10 Honda CRF450R
9Henry Miller Rochester, MN13 - 9 Yamaha YZ 450F
10Justin Bogle Cushing, OK9 - 13 Suzuki RMZ 450
11Justin Barcia Monroe, NY12 - 12 Suzuki RMZ 450
12Marvin Musquin La Reole, France4 - 38 KTM 450 SX-F FE
13Dakota Alix Jay, VT17 - 11 KTM 450 SX-F FE
14Weston Peick Wildomar, CA36 - 8 Suzuki RMZ 450
15John Short Pilot Point, TX15 - 14 Yamaha YZ 450F
16Brandon Scharer Gardena, CA14 - 17 Yamaha YZ 450F
17Josh Grant Riverside, CA11 - 40 Kawasaki KX 450F
18Ryan Dowd Ludlow, MA18 - 16 KTM 450 SX-F
19Ronnie Stewart Easton, PA33 - 15 Suzuki RMZ 450
20Josh Mosiman Sebastopol, CA19 - 18 Husqvarna FC450
21Heath Harrison Silverhill, AL16 - 30 Yamaha YZ 450F
22Chris Canning Hartford, CT20 - 19 KTM 250 SX
23Toshiki Tomita Kanazawa, Japan24 - 20 Honda CRF450R
24Jon Borrello Dighton , MA21 - 23 Yamaha YZ 450F
25Robby Marshall Stow, MA23 - 25 KTM 250 SX-F
26Tristan Lane Deland, FL27 - 22 KTM 450 SX-F FE
27Eric Grondahl Portsmouth, NH25 - 24 Honda CRF450R
28Kody Kamm Kenosha, WI22 - 27 KTM 450 SX-F FE
29Isaac Teasdale Robbinsville, NC30 - 21 KTM 450 SX-F
30Austin Phelps Hartford, CT28 - 28 Kawasaki KX 450F
31AJ Catanzaro Portland, CT31 - 29 Kawasaki KX 450F
32Zachary Johnson Abington, MA29 - 32 Honda CRF450R
33Jamal Porter Fayetteville, NC26 - 35 Honda CRF450R
34Dakota Tedder Surfside, CA34 - 31 Kawasaki KX 450F
35Nick Fratz Oakland, MD32 - 33 KTM 450 SX-F
36Jeremy Smith Marmora, NJ40 - 26 Yamaha YZ 450F
37Alex Higley Newfields, NH39 - 34 KTM 450 SX-F FE
38Michael Docherty South Africa37 - 36 Kawasaki KX 450F
39Carson Tickle Cary, NC35 - 39 Honda CRF450R
40Aaron Lampi Fishkill, NY38 - 37 Yamaha YZ 450F
Full Results

450 Standings - 2017

1Eli Tomac Cortez, CO400
2Blake Baggett Grand Terrace, CA373
3Marvin Musquin La Reole, France369
4Dean Wilson Scotland, United Kingdom299
5Cole Seely Newbury Park, CA263
6Martin Davalos Quito, Ecuador243
7Justin Bogle Cushing, OK241
8Jason Anderson Edgewood, NM216
9Weston Peick Wildomar, CA213
10Cooper Webb Newport, NC211
11Fredrik Noren Lidköping, Sweden179
12Justin Barcia Monroe, NY172
13Christian Craig Hemet, CA167
14Broc Tickle Holly, MI146
15Josh Grant Riverside, CA143
16Dakota Alix Jay, VT129
17Henry Miller Rochester, MN91
18John Short Pilot Point, TX55
19Josh Mosiman Sebastopol, CA48
20Heath Harrison Silverhill, AL42
Full Standings

250 Moto Two

Under a torrential downpour for much of the moto, Zach Osborne captured the second moto victory, and the overall, to extend his points lead at Southwick.

Osborne snagged the holeshot in the second moto but was under heavy pressure early from Dylan Ferrandis. The first moto winner made an early charge at Osborne, but wasn’t able to make anything stick. As the heavy began to increase, Ferrandis started to loss grip on the lead. He was still in contention until a late moto tip-over allowed Osborne to stretch his lead to 10 seconds. He went on to win the moto by 8.6 seconds.

The rain played a huge factor late in the moto, as Alex Martin had to ditch his goggles, which allowed RJ Hampshire to close in on the final podium spot. But Hampshire was dealing with his own vision issues, wiping his goggles every chance he had. This allowed Joey Savatgy to close in with two laps remaining, but Hampshire dug deep and held on for fourth. Savatgy took fifth over Jeremy Martin, Mitchell Harrison, Chase Sexton, Adam Cianciarulo, and Colt Nichols, who came from way back after falling off the start.

Other Notes:
- Austin Forkner, Justin Hill, and Aaron Plessinger did not start the moto. While try and get an update on all three later.
- Luke Renzland came from dead last (37th) to finish 14th in the moto.

250 moto two results.
250 moto two results.

Southwick - 250

- Southwick, MA

1Zach Osborne Abingdon, VA2 - 1 Husqvarna FC250
2Dylan Ferrandis Avignon, France1 - 2 Yamaha YZ 250F
3Alex Martin Millville, MN3 - 3 KTM 250 SX-F FE
4R.J. Hampshire Hudson, FL5 - 4 Honda CRF250R
5Jeremy Martin Millville, MN4 - 6 Honda CRF250R
6Joey Savatgy Thomasville, GA7 - 5 Kawasaki KX 250F
7Mitchell Harrison Lansing, MI6 - 7 Yamaha YZ 250F
8Chase Sexton La Moille, IL9 - 8 Honda CRF250R
9Colt Nichols Muskogee, OK8 - 10 Yamaha YZ 250F
10Adam Cianciarulo Port Orange, FL15 - 9 Kawasaki KX 250F
11Lorenzo Locurcio Cairo, GA12 - 12 Yamaha YZ 250F
12Shane Mcelrath Canton, NC11 - 13 KTM 250 SX-F FE
13Luke Renzland Hewitt, NJ10 - 14 Yamaha YZ 250F
14Kyle Cunningham Aledo, TX18 - 11 Suzuki RMZ 250
15Nick Gaines Ringgold, GA16 - 15 Yamaha YZ 250F
16Sean Cantrell Murrieta, CA14 - 17 KTM 250 SX-F FE
17Steven Clarke Cairo, GA13 - 37 KTM 250 SX-F
18Cody Williams Barneveld, WI17 - 19 Yamaha YZ 250F
19William Lofstrom Vernon, CT21 - 16 Yamaha YZ 250F
20Cody Vanbuskirk Harvard, IL22 - 18 KTM 250 SX-F
21Gustavo Souza Brazil19 - 33 Honda CRF250R
22Josiah Hempen Argyle, IA23 - 20 Yamaha YZ 250F
23Bradley Taft Nixa, MO20 - 34 Yamaha YZ 250F
24Vann Martin Houston, TX25 - 21 Honda CRF250R
25Pedro Bueno Brazil27 - 24 Kawasaki KX 250F
26Austin Root Chester, SC24 - 27 Kawasaki KX 250F
27Jimmy Weeks Fort Pierce, FL29 - 23 Yamaha YZ 250F
28Aaron Zielfelder Madbury, NH34 - 22 Honda CRF250R
29Jake Scott Port Jefferson Stations, NY28 - 29 KTM 250 SX-F
30Tyler Kirschner Columbia, MD30 - 28 Yamaha YZ 250F
31Hunter Sayles Merrill, WI26 - 35 KTM 250 SX-F
32Joachim Falden Denmark31 - 31 Yamaha YZ 250F
33Nicholas McDonnell Westfield, MA33 - 30 Kawasaki KX 250F
34Walter White Portsmouth, RI39 - 25 KTM 250 SX-F FE
35Jerry Robin Hamel, MN32 - 32 Yamaha YZ 250F
36Dakota Kessler Farmingdale, NJ40 - 26 Honda CRF250R
37Corey Ridel East Hartland, CT35 - 36 Husqvarna FC250
38Justin Hill Yoncalla, OR36 - 38 Kawasaki KX 250F
39Aaron Plessinger Hamilton, OH38 - 39 Yamaha YZ 250F
40Austin Forkner Richards, MO37 - 40 Kawasaki KX 250F
Full Results

250 Standings - 2017

1Zach Osborne Abingdon, VA413
2Jeremy Martin Millville, MN350
3Joey Savatgy Thomasville, GA324
4Dylan Ferrandis Avignon, France299
5Alex Martin Millville, MN296
6Aaron Plessinger Hamilton, OH285
7Adam Cianciarulo Port Orange, FL283
8Colt Nichols Muskogee, OK235
9Mitchell Harrison Lansing, MI229
10Shane Mcelrath Canton, NC210
11Austin Forkner Richards, MO184
12R.J. Hampshire Hudson, FL163
13Sean Cantrell Murrieta, CA138
14Chase Sexton La Moille, IL138
15Luke Renzland Hewitt, NJ110
16Nick Gaines Ringgold, GA100
17Lorenzo Locurcio Cairo, GA92
18Kyle Cunningham Aledo, TX91
19Justin Hill Yoncalla, OR88
20Bradley Taft Nixa, MO68
Full Standings