- SOUTHWICK RACE RECAP
SOUTHWICK RACE RECAP
SOUTHWICK RACE RECAP
Another weekend of racing is in the books. The halfway point of the 12-round series saw the world’s best line up at the only true sand track on the schedule - the legendary Southwick MX 338. It was a wild day of racing with rough riding conditions, several lead changes and dramatic late crashes.
Ken Roczen continues to build his strength and speed. Still nursing a hand injury from Supercross, he has been working during the outdoor season to make progress on his entire program.
Ken got out to a great start in Moto 1, knifing his way through a seam and taking the lead after the first turn. He would lead the early stages but would eventually surrender the lead to Barcia, and end the moto in 5th.
It was much of the same for #94 in Moto 2. He would get off to a great start in the early laps – as he has done all season. He would battle in the top 5 for the entire moto, eventually finishing 5th and taking 5th overall for the day.
Moto 1 looked like Shane McElrath's to win, as he started to gap the field early. However, Austin Forkner kept pushing, working his way into second. Lap by lap, he would eat into McElrath’s lead. Eventually, reeling him in and making the pass for the lead. Austin then held off a late charge from Alex Martin and Aaron Plessinger to take the first moto win. Joey Savatgy suffered a crash mid-way through Moto 1 and finished 32nd.
Austin and Joey both had excellent starts in Moto 2. Austin took the lead early - going from 3rd to 1st in a single straightaway - and kept a blistering pace for most of the moto. However, late in the moto, he would come under pressure from Alex Martin. As the two riders battled for the lead, Alex would go for an aggressive pass and the two riders would come together with both going down. Austin had the wind knocked out of him and would stay down for a while. He would eventually get up and finish the moto in 20th. Joey put in a good ride finishing 5th
The 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship now heads to Redbud for Independence Day weekend!