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Troy Lee Designs Digs Deep in Southwick Sand

AMA Motocross - Southwick, MA

  • Jessy Nelson, Photo: Kardas
  • Travis Baker, Photo: Kardas
  • Christian Craig, Photo: Kardas
  • Tarah Gieger, Photo: Kardas

Every year there is one motocross national venue that stands out among the twelve round series. The racing surface is unique, the weather is tumultuous and sand specialists from the area shine for one afternoon. The location is Southwick, Massachusetts and the track is MX-338, round eight of the Lucas Oil/ Red Bull national motocross series. Last Saturday the Troy Lee Designs cadets dug into their bunkers in the deep sands of “The ‘Wick” and fought bravely for points in the winding down hours of the series.

The TLD 250 riders had a great showing with Nelson and Baker finishing 8th and 9th respectively. Jessy Nelson had the best moto of his young career at the start of the day. He came around on lap one in seventh position and moved his way into fifth. He would hold onto it and log his first top-five finish. The second moto he looked like he was going to improve upon that by pulling the holeshot and leading for a lap! He dropped to third and stayed there until the deep Southwick sand whoops started to take their toll on the rookie. He would eventually slide back to eleventh for eighth overall on the day.

Travis Baker had another consistent weekend where he started inside the top fifteen both motos and worked his way to tenth in both motos. He was credited with ninth overall on the weekend.

Christian Craig got caught up in a first-turn pileup in the first 450 moto relegating him to the back of the field. He charged up to fifteenth in moto one, posting a decent result for his effort. The second moto Craig started in third and was looking good. He clearly had the speed to be at the front of the pack, unfortunately he made some mistakes and would slip back to fifteenth once again at the end of the moto and fifteenth overall on the day.

Tarah Gieger, who has been in contention for the WMX title, had a difficult day. The first moto she overcame an average start to finish third, earning good points in the process. The second moto she tangled with another rider on the start and narrowly avoided going down. She once again found a way to climb to the third position but a late-race fall would send her back to fifth. Her 3-5 moto finishes would put her fourth overall on the day and spread the points out in the title hunt.

The team now heads to the historic motocross grounds known as Unadilla for round nine next weekend. Come check out one of the legendary tracks on the pro tour and watch the Troy Lee Designs riders fight for position with the best in the world.

TLD would like to thank all of our team sponsors: Lucas Oil, American Honda, PPG, Red Bull, Adidas, Oakley, Seaspan, Fender®, Dunlop, Renthal, Alpinestars, ODI, McQueen Racing, Hot Wheels, GoPro, Shock Doctor, Pro Circuit, Showa, VQ OrthoCare, Couts Heating & Cooling, Specialized, Kasey Kahne, N-Style, VP Racing Fuels, DubyaUSA, Moto Tassinari, PixelMags, ARC, Braking, Boyesen, Cycra, Mammoth Mountain, DID, Dirt Star, Hinson, Twin Air, Pacific Collision Centers, Sports Care Center, Elrod Racing, and New Era.

450 Standings
1.) Ryan Dungey 430
2.) Mike Alessi 345
3.) Jake Weimer 290
4.) Andrew Short 273
5.) Broc Tickle 253
6.) Josh Grant 195
7.) Justin Brayton 185
8.) Kyle Chisholm 159
9.) James Stewart 151
10.) Brett Metcalfe 142
11.) Michael Byrne 138
12.) Davi Millsaps 114
13.) Tommy Hahn 101
14.) Nico Izzi 95
15.) Ryan Sipes 94
16.) Tyla Rattray 84
17.) Les Smith 66
18.) Cole Thompson 64
19.) Christian Craig 62
20.) Jimmy Albertson 61

250 Standings
1.) Blake Baggett 400
2.) Justin Barcia 376
3.) Eli Tomac 368
4.) Ken Roczen 345
5.) Marvin Musquin 294
6.) Wil Hahn 230
7.) Blake Wharton 197
8.) Jason Anderson 181
9.) Jessy Nelson 170
10.) Travis Baker 156
11.) Jake Canada 132
12.) Malcolm Stewart 123
13.) Alex Martin 109
14.) Gareth Swanepoel 105
15.) Ivan Tedesco 105
16.) Kyle Cunningham 96
17.) Justin Bogle 84
18.) Kyle Peters 73
19.) Martin Davalos 58
20.) Ryan Sipes 44

WMX Standings
1.) Jessica Patterson 280
2.) Ashley Fiolek 275
3.) Tarah Gieger 270
4.) Mariana Balbi 227
5.) Sara Pettersson 209
6.) Jacqueline Strong 174
7.) Kasie Creson 174
8.) Alexah Pearson 149
9.) Sade Allender 148
10.) Sayaka Kaneshiro 137

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  • Jessy Nelson, Photo: Kardas
  • Travis Baker, Photo: Kardas
  • Christian Craig, Photo: Kardas
  • Tarah Gieger, Photo: Kardas

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