The deep sands of Southwick MX338 were once again home to the superstars of Motocross this past weekend at the historic Massachusetts track. Round 7 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Nationals got kicked off this year with one of the biggest crowds in recent years. For the second year in a row since it's hiatus fans lined the track eagerly waiting for a chance to see their favorite riders speed by. The top pro riders such as Eli Tomac, Marvin Musquin, Zach Osbourne, and Blake Baggett all entered this weekend’s race eager to take the top step of the podium. However, those true fans of the sport know to keep their eyes on the local stand outs and speedy privateers at each Southwick National.
Throughout the sports history Southwick has seen some of the most incredible upsets with local New England privateers and satellite riders taking up the top spots in the races. It is not uncommon to see 3 digit bikes fighting with some serious aggression at this unique track. Local riders, such as FXR rider Chris Canning, were blazing fast all day and gave the locals something to cheer about. TCE and Blue Buffalo backed Rookie stand out and fellow FXR rider Jerry Robin also looked very comfortable and smooth during press day a few days before the race and during practice. This was Jerry’s first trip to Southwick and he handled the track like a vet. Something not seen very often with rookie riders. Fans in the TCE Motocross Fan Experience were eager to sign up with Jerry and spent the day shadowing him and getting an inside look at his team's daily operation.
450 class privateer hero Henry Miller was poised to put his Triggr Racing Yamaha in a top 10 spot this weekend in the hopes of besting his performance at the Red Bud MX national a week prior. Both TCE riders were looking for strong finishes and some success at this infamous sand track. In the timed qualifying practices both riders looked right at home and posted some respectable times. Unlike most tracks, the fastest laps of the day are typically seen during the first practice session. Both riders felt confident going into the first set of motos. As the day progressed and the motos started to take off, the track became a very tricky and whooped out challenge that caught even the most skilled riders off guard. The unique soil of Southwick creates astonishingly big bumps throughout the twisting course. This often times creates big problems for the bike, riders, and teams who struggle to set up the bikes properly.
In the 450 class Henry Miller got out to a great start ahead of some very fast factory powerhouse teams. This is a clear indication that Triggr Racing and Henry have their program figured out and that their bikes on par with the world’s best. Henry has been showing some amazing progress and speed in the past few weeks and this weekend’s starts displayed his new found confidence. However, early on in the race a small mistake caused Henry to go down and lose some slight momentum. Even with the small set back Henry was able to rally and pull through for a 13th place in spectacular fashion passing high profile riders.
In the 250 class Jerry Robin got out to a decent start and ran some solid laps before a few mishaps such as a stall set him back a ways. Before and after the mistakes the FXR rider looked fluid on the bike and geld well with the sand. Flashes of his performance on press day were seen and it was apparent that with a good start, Jerry could maintain some great positions. Jerry has been working on consistency in the past few weeks and managed to minimize the mistakes to end up with a 32nd in the first moto. While his overall talent and speed can keep him competitive in the class figuring out the ins and outs of the pro ranks takes some time.
In the second 450 moto Henry got out to another strong start and rode a very fast and consistent pace. Even with the high humidity and unbelievably rough conditions, Henry looked solid and his fitness shown through. Most riders began to fade back in the pack at the 20-minute mark, however the Triggr Racing rider stayed smooth and fought through for a 9th place finish and a 9th overall in the day. Jerry Robin got off to a respectable start in his 250 second moto, however more unfortunate mistakes caused him to have to fight from the back of the pack for most of the race. A torrential down pour caused many riders to make some dire mistakes and added another unexpected challenge. Jerry was able to salvage a 35th overall on the day. While the results didn’t show Jerry’s full potential, he was able to get some valuable experience on one of the toughest tracks in the world.
The day was an overall success for riders and fans alike. While the weather was a tad muggy and humid, the racing was absolutely incredible and gave fans something to talk about for the rest of the season. Henry Miller and his team Triggr Racing celebrated another memorable weekend with a top 10 finish. Jerry Robin may have had a tough go at Southwick, but he had still managed to look at the positives, take his learnings to heart, and gave his fans a very special and memorable experience. The TCE crew heads into Millville next week for round 8 of the series. This track is a “home” race for both TCE riders and they are looking to gain the attention of the industry at this very fast and loamy track. If you want to experience the race like a pro-insider then be sure to sign up for the TCE Motocross Fan Experience. We are giving away a VIP all access experience at Unadilla in August. Be sure to enter to win and attend the race as a special guest of Henry Miller and Triggr Racing. For more information about TCE, it’s riders, and partners follow them at the links below.