Motocross Riding Tip: John ‘Junkyard Dog’ Dowd Explains How to Ride Sand
John Dowd knows how to go fast in the sand. The professional motocross racer has been at this for a longtime. As a matter of fact, he is about to be logged into the history books once again, this time for racing the 2012 Lucas Oil Spring Creek Motocross National in Millville, Minnesota… at 46 years old!
Hailing from the East Coast state of Massachusetts, John Dowd, nicknamed ‘The Junk Yard Dog”, actually did not enter his first motocross race until he was age 20. Soon afterwards, he was beating riders that had been racing since they were children. In 1998, Dowd was the oldest rider to ever win a pro national motocross event, by winning the 125cc class at Southwick. He also won the 125cc West Lites Supercross title that same year. Like a fine wine, setting more records with age, Dowd won the Mt. Morris national in 2000. On an epic day in 2005, at almost 40 years old, he placed 2nd in moto 2 at the Southwick national, making the podium with a 3rd overall.
John Dowd is not only known for being one of the oldest pro’s to be competing on the professional circuit, but he is also famous for his incredible stamina, and his blazing speed in sand. His hometown turf of New England, is infamous for it’s deep sand tracks. If there is any privateer out on the track to be rooting for, it has to be John Dowd. And if there is anyone out there who can teach you how to go fast in the sand… it’s the Junkyard Dog. Cheers, Chronic MX.