Southwick Motocross Results 2017
The seventh round of the 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, witnessed the world’s best riders encounter the sandy soil at The Wick 338, which ultimately served as the most physically demanding track of the season thus far. Points leader Eli Tomac continued on his recent hot streak by putting his Monster Energy Kawasaki atop the podium for the third straight round, and fourth time this season, to extend his championship lead. In the 250 Class, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Zach Osborne emerged with his second consecutive 250 Class win.
The opening 450 Class moto saw RMATV/MC-WPS-KTM rider Blake Baggett power his way down the sandy start straight to capture his second Motosport.com Holeshot of the season, just ahead of teammate Dakota Alix and TMM KTM’s Isaac Teasdale. While rounding the opening corner, Alix lost his momentum, which caused Baggett to make contact that soon took several riders to the ground. The incident put Baggett into the lead and allowed Teasdale to slide into second, with Autotrader/Monster Energy/Suzuki/JGRMX’s Weston Peick in third. The blistering pace at the front proved to be too much for Teasdale and at the end of the opening lap it was Baggett, Peick, and Tomac.
While Baggett quickly put his head down out front and began to open a small gap, the battle for second started to heat up as Peick and Tomac went bar-to-bar. Tomac used every inch of the track as he desperately searched for a way around the Suzuki rider, eventually making the pass stick on Lap 2. Once into second, Tomac dropped the hammer and wasted no time latching onto the rear fender of Baggett. On Lap 3, Tomac got an excellent drive down one of the long straightaways to pull alongside Baggett and ultimately take over the race lead. Monster Energy/Yamaha/Chaparral/Yamaha Financial Services/Yamaha Factory Racing rider Cooper Webb then began to apply pressure on Peick for third and would find his way by for the final podium position.
Shortly after taking the race lead, Tomac was all business as he clocked the fastest laps of the race in an attempt to distance himself from Baggett. As Tomac stretched his lead, Baggett searched for smooth lines on the bumpy circuit and soon began to distance himself from Webb in third.Read more…