HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (August 27, 2011) – Like much of New England, the Moto X 338 track in Southwick, Mass. is rich in history. The track is owned by American Legion Post 338, hence the name Moto X 338. The first race at the track was held in 1972 and its first professional race was in 1976. “The Wick” is the only sand track on the AMA Pro Motocross Championship tour.
Davi Millsaps continues to recover from knee surgery. While Millsaps is on the mend 20 year-old South Carolina privateer Les Smith has been piloting the second Muscle Milk/Toyota/JGRMX machine alongside Justin Brayton. The race narrowly escaped the worst of the advancing Hurricane Irene by just hours. However, the outer reach of the storm brought some off and on rain during qualifying.
Brayton began the first moto just outside of the top-10 with Smith 10th on lap one. Over the ensuing 30 minutes plus two laps the teammates advanced practically in tandem through the treacherous wet sandy conditions with Brayton finishing seventh and Smith eighth, a season best for Smith.
Shortly after the first moto a steady rain began falling on the Southwick sand and the track was quickly deteriorating. Brayton gated very well running second on the first lap with Smith sixth. To illustrate how tough the conditions had become the top-10 were turning lap times barely over two minutes in moto one, during the second moto the times were in the two minute and 25 seconds plus range. Brayton held second position for nearly the entire race, relinquishing the spot with just four laps remaining to earn a podium and season moto best third place. Smith ran comfortably in seventh for the better part of the moto ultimately finishing ninth. Brayton’s seven – three moto scores gave him fourth overall, with Smith’s eight – nine finishes crediting him with ninth for the day.
The first moto from Southwick was broadcast live on allisports.com and FUEL TV. The second moto airs tonight at 9:00 p.m. (EST) on SPEED. There will be a Southwick highlights and re-cap show Thursday, Sept. 1 at 10:00 p.m. (EST) on FUEL TV. The penultimate round of the series will be Sept. 3 at Steel City Raceway in Delmont, Pa. The first moto will be aired live on allisports.com and FUEL TV at 1:00 p.m. (EST). The second moto will be broadcast at 8:00 p.m. (EST) on SPEED.