Eli Tomac went hunting for a win. The sweet taste of sandy venison was served.
Jeremy Martin could have taken his first overall win. Dumping his bike in the second moto ended that as a possibility.
Marvin Musquin ended 3-7 overall for fourth after a run-in with Justin Barcia in the second moto.
Southwick was the first race this season Ken Roczen was beat straight-up without a mechanical failure. 2-2 isn’t a bad way to finish. There are plenty of races left to do damage control.
Justin Bogle is showing strength in his starts and is on a holeshot streak with four in a row. While he finished fourth in the first moto, a 36th in the second moto after a big crash put him at 11th overall.
Adam Cianciarulo finished 14th overall.
While Mitchell Oldenburg hung with the fast guys early on, his bike starting smoking by the end of the first moto. He would finish 13th overall.
Austin Forkner was back on the podium, and this time he made it for keeps with a 5-2 finish for third overall.
An exhausted but very happy Eli Tomac.
Arnaud Tonus made the first moto podium, finishing 3-8. He ended sixth overall.
Weston Peick finished fifth overall.
No AMA points for Vann Martin this week. He finished 34th overall.
Ken Roczen may have forgot what it is like to lose. Will he go 1-1 next week at Millville?
The sand has a way of disguising riders.
Christophe Pourcel ended the day 5-5 for sixth overall.
Eli Tomac didn’t get the holeshot either moto. Can you tell?
Jeremy Martin (1) barely edged out Shane McElrath (30) for the holeshot. Right behind him is teammate Aaron Plessinger (23). The three would have an intense battle the first half of the first moto.
Ken Roczen paddling through the sand.
Phil Nicoletti once again started out great, but had a mechanical issue. He finished 14th overall.
Andrew Short had a consistent 11-11 finishes for 10th overall.
Justin Bogle’s front tire was clipped by Christophe Pourcel only a few turns into the second moto.
Tyler Bowers ended his day better than it started. He won the LCQ and ended 15th overall.
RJ Hampshire finished 11th in the 250 class.
Martin Davalos ended his day in tenth. He also had over a ten position gap in finishes, scoring 16-6.
Southwick was one of the worst races for Joey Savatgy this season. He’s now 37 points behind Cooper Webb.
Cooper Webb was undeniably on another level at Southwick. He is known for forcing his way through the pack, and that talent was on full display at the ‘Wick.
Shane McElrath raced great and pushed hard until the end. Unfortunately, he pushed a little too hard on the last lap of the second moto and had one of the most violent crashes we have seen this season. He’s out for the rest of the series. Heal up, Shane.
Jimmy Decotis is a local fan favorite. Saturday was his first time on the track during the AMA Nationals this year.
Where has A-Mart been? He finished 7-3 to take fourth overall. While he hasn’t gained points on Cooper Webb, he hasn’t lost any to his brother or Joey Savatgy, either.
While Zach Osborne is usually the one to make the most of adverse conditions, Southwick bested him.
Photos by: Brian Converse