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Dowd Pulls Off a Sixth Overall at the Wick with Pirelli at age 42!




Out of Retirement Dowd Picks Up 6th in the Sand


Rome, Ga. - After an amazing 11 races on the Toyota AMA Motocross Championship circuit, rookie Cody Cooper rode his Pirelli Scorpion MX tires to a season-best second place finish at Motocross 338 in Southwick, Mass. Class veteran, John Dowd, a local to the Southwick confines, finished sixth overall on Pirelli tires. Jeff Alessi continued his consistent streak finishing seventh overall.


"We are extremely proud of Cody," said Josh Whitmire, Pirelli's MX Manager. "He's had an incredible season this summer, and he raised the bar this weekend with his second-place finish. The final round of the season takes place this weekend at Steel City, and we look forward to him having another great race."


Earlier this summer Cooper scored his first podium finish of the season at Unadilla Valley Sports Center, finishing third overall with 5-2 results. This summer he has finished within the top 10 at eight races and currently sits fifth in series points standings.


Dowd, who has not raced on the Toyota AMA Motocross Championship circuit this summer, finished 9-5 on the day. Alessi, who is a privateer for the Moto XXX Honda team, earned his eighth top-10 finish of the summer with 8-8 results.


"It's pretty amazing what John did in the sand at Southwick," said Whitmire. "It was his only race of the summer, and he finished seventh, which is a testament to his sand skills."


Motocross 338 Southwick, Mass. Round 11 of 12

Motocross Class (Moto Finish)

1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki, 1-1
2. Cody Cooper, Tallahassee, Fla., Pirelli/Suzuki, 7-2
3. Tim Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki, 4-4
4. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda, 2-9
5. Sean Hamblin, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha, 6-6
6. John Dowd, Ludlow, Mass., Suzuki, 9-5
7. Jeff Alessi, Victorville, Calif., Honda, 8-8
Michael Byrne, Newnan, Ga., Suzuki, 11-7
9. Josh Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Yamaha, 37-3
10. Marc De Reuver, Netherlands, Honda, 3-34

Motocross Class Point Standings

1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki, 550
2. Timmy Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki, 370
3. Andrew Short, Smithville, Teas., Honda, 362
4. Michael Byrne, Newman, Ga., Suzuki, 341
5. Cody Cooper, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki, 266
6. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., KTM, 246
7. Jeff Alessi, Victorville, Calif., Honda, 231
8. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., Suzuki, 221
9. Josh Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Yamaha, 208
10. Davi Millsaps, Tallahassee, Fla., Honda, 203


Pirelli Tire North America specializes in manufacturing and marketing high-performance tires for passenger vehicles, motorcycles, ATV's and motorsports.  An industry leader in technology and quality, Pirelli operates its highly advanced Modular Integrated Robotized System (MIRS) in Rome, Georgia, to better serve the American OEM and Replacement markets.  For more information please visit:  www.us.pirelli.com.



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