Rev-UpThursday, June 7, 2007 | 1:04 PM
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Hello, everyone, and welcome to the Rev Up. We have another big one on our hand folks! After a brief one-week hiatus, the bad boys of summer will be making the trek to the beautiful northeast part of these United States to take on Southwick, Massachusetts’s Motocross 338. It’s Round 3 of the AMA Toyota Motocross Championships presented by FMF!
This track separates the men from the boys to say the very least. So who should we be looking at? Southwick has a rich history of local ringers that always make the most of a hometown advantage. Ah, but hold the phone – who really has the home field advantage? Who will flinch first during the stare down between Carmichael and Stewart? Big weekend, folks, Let’s get it up.
Last time these cats took to the track Ben Townley was a man among boys. After last year, people were all about jumping on the “Ryan Villopoto is going to dominate” bandwagon. Well, Villopoto is definitely the points leader, but BT101 returned to the front lines after knee surgery with blood in his eyes and is straight crushing it. But, RV1 is the defending champion for a reason. I guarantee you he’s been back in SoCal shadow boxing with Randy Lawrence and getting ready to show up at the ‘Wick born again to ride the sand. And how about the enigma himself, Jason Lawrence? This ball of raw talent and even rawer brains made his debut at Southwick two years ago and blew people’s minds. Last year he was fast but his bike was a little weak. What does he have for the boys at what he calls one of his home tracks? Will Lawrence and the rest of the NESC locals have the advantage? Mmmm, not so fast.
For, you can’t leave out Ryan Dungey, who grew up riding sand in Minnesota and he spent the better part of this year riding sand at RC’s.
I’d also be keeping an eye out for Josh Grant. He has the eye of the tiger this outdoor season and is bringing momentum with him from his first career win at High Point. He also spent last weekend running the local prequel event at Motocross 338.
James Stewart got his ass handed to him last time out and kept a stiff upper lip at the press conference. He said he was trying as hard as he could and he was going to go home and get right to work. Meanwhile, RC said he was headed to the boat to have himself some drinks.
Here are the facts. Stewart came into last year’s Southwick event battered and bruised from his slam at High Point and chased after RC the whole first moto, and was right there when Carmichael made that rare mistake to grab a moto win. The second moto he wasn’t going to beat Ricky but he was close until his bike blew up on a 4th gear, wide-open drop-off and knocked the living daylights out of himself.
What about RC? Hell I don’t know, man. The guy’s a machine. Last year he was fighting shock problems and was still stupid fast and he’s somehow a second and a half faster this year. RC might have threw a few back on the boat during the off week, but rest assured that he put in the work when he got back home. It will be nothing short of a full effort from #4 and there will be no mercy. Ain’t nothing changed, ain’t nothing gonna change with that dude. If he wins, it’s his 99th national win…. Damn, that’s a big number.
No matter where you look, though, in the AMA Motocross class, someone from or next to the state of Florida is going to win.
Ok, let’s bring it home.
This is an absolutely huge weekend for the sport of motocross! In addition to Motocross 338 going down, the French GP will be racing over seas, there is a GNCC down in Kentucky; the hormones will be raging at Mid Ohio, Muddy Creek, and Millville as the Loretta Lynn’s regionals are at full song; meanwhile, brother Clint will be racing Nashville on Saturday and Pocono on Sunday. I have to get it all-upstairs by Monday. Want to join me? I mean a weekend like this means you really, really have to ring it out good. Make sure she’s cleaned out then throw a couple of tear offs on, and pin it like RC. Put your elbow at your rib cage and turn it till it stops. Don’t stop shifting till you see Santa then throw a one handed pan across the checkered flag. It’s going to be fun!
Thanks for reading, see you next week.