Five Things We Learned at the Southwick AMA National
Round Ten of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship Series went down in the sand at Moto-X 338 in Southwick, Massachusetts, on Saturday. There was a lot of good racing and some interesting DNFs. Here is a look at five things we learned in the sand on Saturday.
- What Happened to Andrew Short?
Shorty failed to qualify in the top 40 due to having no time in the first practice. Left with the last gate pick, he was unable to get one of his patented hole shots. Ben Townley ran him off the track in the first moto and crashed in the first turn in the second moto.
- The Honda Teams Need to Use Bigger Gas Tanks
After being run off the track, Shorty’s bike ran out of gas. That was hardly the story about small gas tanks, tough. After leading the entire moto and fighting off Ryan Dungey’s mid-moto charge for the lead, Brett Metcalfe ran out of gas with half of a lap remaining. Metcalfe rides for the Geico PowerSports Honda team and Short for the American Red Bull Honda factory team. Note for next year – bigger tanks, Honda teams!
- The Battle Continues for the 250 Championship
After winning a great first moto, Trey Canard did not ride well in the second moto. Christophe Pourcel, on the other hand, after a sub par first moto, killed it in the second moto. Canard’s 1/9 finishes were good for third overall, but Pourcel’s 7/3 moto finishes extended his lead from 3 points to 13 points. Tyla Rattray, who just became a father that morning, was riding for his newborn daughter and went 2/2 to take first overall. He is only 22 points behind Canard and only one point ahead of teammate Dean Wilson. With four motos – 100 points – still out there this could very easily turn into more than a two dog race.
- Wil Hahn is Back
He took the hole shot in both motos before falling back and finishing with a 3/5, good for fourth overall. He rode well in both motos, but was admittedly tired toward the end. After finishing second in West Coast Lites SX series, he injured his shoulder and has not been a factor in the MX championship. However, judging by the way he looked at Southwick, he will be a factor in both championships for a long time to come.
- 5 Equals 1
Ryan Dungey clinched the 2010 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship after winning the first moto and Andrew Short and Brett Metcalfe both ran out of gas, finishing 15th and 14th, respectively. He is only the second rookie to win the SX championship, the other being the legendary Jeremy McGrath, who is a member of the Motor Sports Hall of Fame. Dungey is the first rookie to win both premier class titles. The win also tied him with Ricky Carmichael for most wins by a rookie. His average finish is 1.9 and he has led nearly 160 laps. Looks like he will not have the number 5 plate on his Rockstar/Makita Suzuki for at least another year. For more on the history-making rookie out of Belle Plain, Minnesota, check out Amanda’s interview with 2010 AMA Motocross Champion.