Firsts

It was a day of firsts at the race on Saturday. For me, it was my first time setting foot on a motocross track in New England. It rained the entire day! Go figure! The sands of Southwick were slippery when wet.

Site lap in some rain gear for Australia's Jake Moss
Site lap in some rain gear for Australia's Jake Moss
Plastic bags were a mechanic's best friend
Plastic bags were a mechanic's best friend at "Mudwick"
SPEED TV's Erin Bates has the best job ever! Walking around in the mud, interviewing motocrossers and dating NASCAR's Brian Vickers! Sign me up!
SPEED TV's Erin Bates has the best job ever! Walking around in the mud, interviewing motocrossers and dating NASCAR's Brian Vickers! Sign me up!

 

Australia's Chad Reed was that far out front in the first 450 moto
Australia's Chad Reed was that far out front in the first 450 moto
Wet, cold and windy start to the second 450 moto but the fans stuck it out! Gotta love it!
Wet, cold and windy start of the second 450 moto but the fans stuck it out! Gotta love it!
MotoConcepts' Weston Peick (631) bangs bars with teammate Tyler Bowers for the holeshot
MotoConcepts' Weston Peick (631) bangs bars with teammate Tyler Bowers for the holeshot
Weigh down the rear
John Dowd (16) and Reed (22) with their weight on the rear.

After the start, I tried to find a dry spot to watch and ended up under the treeline on the backside of the track. I noticed who shined through right away, particularly one Florida boy named Ricky Renner, who worked up to tenth overall in the 450 class! I checked his familiar riding style and wondered, “Who’s bike is Renner riding?” According to one news source, it was someone’s old practice bike!

Matt Goerke, from Lake Helen, Fla. who I recently interviewed for the July issue of FLmx, ended up winning his first career overall as a professional after Reed crashed out. Jessica Patterson, from Tallahassee, won both of her motos for the first time this season. Actually, all the girls on the podium, Patterson, Ashley Fiolek and Tarah Gieger, were from Florida, but it’s definitely not the first time that’s happened. (Check out Gieger’s YouTube channel for her gnarly David Knight behind the scenes video!)

JP$ lead each lap from start to finish on the toughest track of the day, since the girls raced after the guys!
JP$ lead each lap from start to finish on the toughest track of the day, since the girls raced after the guys!

One other thing that’s definitely news worthy: A 44-year-old local Massachusetts native and motocross legend by the name of John Dowd went 10-2 for second overall in the 450 class. It was Dowd’s first pro race of the year! A local reporter dubbed Dowd,  “What Gordie Howe was to hockey, still performing at a high level, racing against competitors who are half his age.” The crowd was loving it, too.

FL's Mike Picone was stoked to qualify for the first time this year
FL's Mike Picone was stoked to qualify for the first time this year
Of course, the next day was beautiful. Until next time, New England!
Of course, the next day was beautiful. Until next time, New England!
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