The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season hits its halfway point this weekend at The Wick 338 Motocross, the sixth of 12 rounds on the 2018 schedule. After a couple of years off, a revitalized Southwick returned to the schedule in 2016, with Eli Tomac taking the 450 win after sweeping both motos; last year, Tomac successfully defended the victory with another weekend sweep.
Plenty of riders will challenge Tomac for the overall victory in Southwick, but some enter the weekend with more momentum than others—and a few will even make their season debuts. Get familiar with some of the biggest names on the 450 entry list before Saturday’s action:
This one’s brutally obvious to anyone who’s watched a round of Pro Motocross this year, but in case you just discovered the sport in the past couple of days and need to know who the big shot is: Tomac looks like LeBron James playing at 100% against middle schoolers. He’s won eight of 10 motos and finished second and third in the others. That means he started the season five for five on overall wins, which is an almost incomprehensible level of dominance for a sport as physical as motocross.
The only other rider to win a 450 moto so far this season, one of the defining moments of the Musquin-Tomac rivalry came in this very state two months ago. In the Monster Energy Supercross round from Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Musquin bounced into Tomac in the race’s final moments to take the win, eliciting a chorus of boos from the crowd. With moto wins at both High Point and Muddy Creek, it may be Musquin’s turn to finally take an overall victory in Southwick.
Out since February, Bogle makes his Pro Motocross season debut in Southwick in his first outdoor race for AutoTrader/Yoshimura Suzuki. The overall winner at Budds Creek last year, Bogle joins a crowded lineup that not only features Weston Peick, but the recent permanent promotion of Justin Hill to the 450 after a strong showing in a limited program. How quickly can Bogle return to the form that landed him sixth overall in last year’s 450 standings?
Bogle isn’t the only rider returning to action in Southwick. The Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing rider, who broke his leg in April, finally makes his outdoor season debut this weekend. Partnering with Justin Barcia, who posted a strong 2-2 at Muddy Creek, Webb will return to the team’s other bike after Alex Ray’s five-race fill-in stint. Webb, who finished seventh in last year’s standings, was a strong fourth overall here last year after posting 3-6 results, making Southwick a perfect place for him to return.