John Dowd (motocross)
John Dowd, also known as "The Junk yard Dog", (born August 10, 1965) is an American former professional motocross racer from Chicopee, Massachusetts. Dowd entered his first motocross (MX) race at age 20, considered old for prospective professional motocross riders. Dowd progressed quickly in the sport and was soon beating riders with many years more experience of motocross than himself and was able to turn professional by age 21.
With his relatively late start, Dowd has achieved the best results of his career later in life than his typical competitors. He holds many AMA records including oldest rider to win an AMA National (Southwick 125cc, 1998), oldest rider to win a Supercross championship (125cc West, 1998), oldest rider to win a National moto (Mt. Morris, 2000), and oldest rider to finish on the podium in an AMA National (Southwick 250cc, 2005).
Dowd has been a podium contender in AMA Motocross and Supercross competition for almost 20 years. His greatest strengths are his stamina and endurance, enabling him to ride hard for the entire moto. He is considered a specialist on sand tracks. Dowd is from the New England area, renowned for its strength-sapping, sandy tracks. He finished on the podium in 3rd place at the 2005 Southwick 250cc National just shy of his 40th birthday, aboard a privateer Suzuki RMZ450. On August 30, 2009 at the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Southwick National at Motocross 338, John Dowd at the age of 44 rode his Kawasaki KX450 on his home track, finishing second in the 450 class Moto-2 and took 3rd overall. He also won the 2006 EnduroCross championship.
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