After a two-week break in the series, the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, returns this weekend for round nine hosted at Moto-X 338 in Southwick, MA. This marks the 34th time the gate will drop for an AMA Motocross national race and Honda has a successful history at Southwick, with 14 wins in the motocross class and nine in the Lites class—more than any other brand. Honda has swept at Southwick four times with Rick Johnson and Micky Dymond in 1987, Jeff Stanton and Larry Ward in 1989, Jeff Stanton and Jean-Michel Bayle in 1990 and finally with Jeremy McGrath and Steve Lamson in 1996.
“Southwick is the sandiest track on the circuit,” stated Team Manager Erik Kehoe. “The deep sand and rough conditions will call for a few changes to bike set-up, including suspension settings and changing to a sand tire. The start is at a slight incline and the first turn is also deep and sandy which is unique and poses a challenge to riders. The weather is normally hot and humid but this year there is the possibility of rain.”