Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Rattray Solves Southwick Sandbox2009-08-31 09:58
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Tyla Rattray led wire-to-wire during the second moto at Motocross 338 in Southwick, Mass. to earn his first career moto win in the USA. Rattray parlayed the win into a second overall. His teammate Jake Weimer finished ninth overall with Austin Stroupe 13th overall after a fifth place finish in Moto 1. Christophe Pourcel did not finish the first moto and could only muster an 11th place finish in the second. In the 450 class, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jake Moss finished second in the first moto and ninth overall while Timmy Ferry did not finish either moto. Privateer and Southwick legend John Dowd finished second in the final moto and third overall on a KX™450F.
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Rattray stood on the podium for only the second time during his rookie season, but the 2008 MX2 World Champion did earn his first career moto win in the United States.
“It’s great to get a moto win,” said Rattray. “I like sand tracks and though today wasn’t that sandy I was still able to ride well. It was weird because it wasn’t really a mud race because of how the sand absorbed the rain. I’m glad I got the holeshot and then I was able to stay up front.”
Moss had the race of his career in the first moto as he nearly grabbed the holeshot and came out of the first turn in third place. The Australian never looked back and finished a career-best runner-up.
“The first moto was awesome,” said Moss. “That was the best race of my life. I didn’t ride as well as I thought I could, but everything came together. I just tried to relax through the whole moto and everything clicked.”
Dowd showed everyone at Southwick it is best to let sleeping dogs lie as the cagy veteran went 10-2 to earn third overall. Dowd’s privateer effort on a KX450F impressed everyone at Southwick as he claimed a surprising podium finish.
"I’m the oldest guy here," said Dowd. "Some of these kids who I’m racing against probably weren’t even born at the time I started racing at Southwick. Everything just went my way today and I’m so excited to finish on the podium.”
Coming off the overall win last weekend, Weimer was confident heading into Southwick, but some small mistakes kept him from getting the finish he wanted.
“I think I rode well enough that I should have been on the podium,” said Weimer. “There were just some small mistakes that turned into big ones on this rough track. I crashed in both motos, but I will be back next week looking to get another win.”
Pourcel came into the event at Southwick with a 13-point lead in the championship standings and only four motos to go. With two motos now remaining, Pourcel trails the points leader by 17 after having problems in both motos. Pourcel scored his only DNF of the season in the first moto and then stalled his bike in the first turn during the second moto earning only 10 points on the day.
“It was a rough weekend,” said Pourcel. “First we had the DNF in the Moto 1 and then in the first turn of the second moto, I just couldn’t get the bike going. I was way back. The championship is going to be tough to win, but you never know. A lot can happen during the two motos next weekend.”
Rattray rocketed to the holeshot in the second moto, but the start wasn’t without drama as two riders got tangled in their starting gates and the tight first turn was jammed with riders.
“It was a weird start to the second moto,” said Rattray. “The two guys next to me tried to jump the gate, but that didn’t work out. I was able to get into a good rut through the first turn and I came out in the lead.”
The sandy surface at Southwick mixed with two days of rain made for a tricky track that saw puddles and deep ruts. Though last week was also a rain race, the two tracks reacted differently to the precipitation making for two long motos.
“It was tough to race,” said Weimer. “There was water and ruts. It was really squirrelly out there. When the sand gets wet like it was today, it makes it hard to race. This week’s race was a lot different form last week. The sand makes it a whole different ballgame altogether. It was very challenging out there today.”
In the second moto, Moss was charging to the front having moved into the top five with six laps remaining in the race. Unfortunately Moss had to pull off the track and take a DNF.
“I was feeling good for the second moto,” said Moss. “I didn’t have the best start, but I was riding up in the top five. Everything was coming together until a problem forced me to pull off the track. I really thought I had a good chance at getting on the overall podium. My bike was working good and even though the track was tough, I was getting around pretty fast.”
The tough track caught Ferry out at Southwick, but Red Dog showed signs of speed, qualifying in the top 15 during the only practice session.
“The weather was difficult today, said Ferry. “The results definitely weren’t what we were looking for, but I’m going to regroup and come back out at Steel City ready to get back on the podium.”
Ryan Morais took to the track in competition for the first time since injuring his shoulder at Las Vegas in May. His return was stopped short when he did not complete a lap in practice and then failed to advance to the motos through the consolation race.
“Today was a tough day to come back,” said Morais. “We had a problem in practice and then in the consolation race I crashed on the last lap. I was trying hard to qualify and I just went a little too far. I’ll be back next week ready to go.”
Source: Monster Energy Kawasaki
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