SOUTHWICK, Mass. (August 19, 2008) – Motocross 338, New England’s pro motocross facility, welcomes the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship Presented by FMF for the penultimate round of the 2008 season with the Kicker Audio Southwick Motocross National. On August 23-24, the world’s best riders will tackle the “Sandbox” for round 11 of the 12-race championship.
Moving from its traditional mid-season date, the circuit’s only sand track will present new challenges for the competitors with weather conditions expected to be at their warmest ever. Since hosting its first AMA Pro National in 1976, Motocross 338 has seen many of the sports greatest riders grace the winners circle. However, no rider has been more dominant at Southwick than Ricky Carmichael, whose nine overall victories are five more than any other rider. For the first time since 1999, a new face will sit atop the podium.
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s James Stewart and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto have been the men to beat in the AMA Motocross and AMA Motocross Lites classes and both riders clinched their respective championships last weekend in Millville, Minn. For Stewart, it was his first career AMA Motocross title while Villopoto claimed AMA Motocross Lites crown number three. Heading into Southwick, Stewart is just four moto wins away from being the second rider in history to complete a perfect season while Rockstar/Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey guns for his third consecutive victory in AMA Motocross Lites.
Track manager Ralph Pittello has made significant strides to make the 2008 event at Southwick available to more fans, expanding the track’s VIP area as well as adding a large, yet limited number of bleacher seating free for those in attendance.
In addition to the excitement of the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship, the AMA/WMA Women’s National Motocross Championship Presented by Kawasaki competes in round five of its six-race season. Points leader Ashley Fiolek will lead the way while Massachusetts local Katlyn Crowley will have the hometown crowd on her side.
Mini Bike Nationals are scheduled to hit the track on Saturday, while the band Ten Man Push sets the tone on Sunday morning with a live show at 11:30 a.m. For fans watching at home, SPEED will present the final of three same-day coverage telecast of the season at 6 p.m. ET on August 24.