DCS Financial Group Suzuki's John Dowd Set For Another Milestone - Dirt Rider Magazine

Vet riders around the world, rejoice. Your last remaining soldier is once again ready for battle. Although he's still not really sure what a scrub is, John Dowd plans on teaching the kids a few tricks this weekend at Rd 11 of the AMA Motocross Series in Southwick, Massachusetts. The action takes place at the legendary Motocross 338. Known to be one of the roughest tracks on the circuit, MX-338 usually exposes those riders who aren't in peak physical condition. With both titles already decided for 2008, the big news this weekend is John celebrating 20 straight years of earning a top 100 national number. For those of you who don't know the John Dowd story, it is one of the most remarkable in motocross.After discovering motocross in his late teens, John raced his first novice race in 1985. By 1988 he had earned national # 94 aboard a Suzuki. Three years later in 1991, John won his first 250 national at Hangtown on the same day fellow privateer New Englander and close friend Doug Henry won his first 125 national in the infamous Hangtown mud race. Despite being a top 5 contender in the premier 250 class John was overlooked for factory rides until he signed his first full deal with Yamaha in 1995. Due to the fact that John was scheduled to turn 30 that year he was only given a one year deal. The next seven years would see John sign one year deals as again each year the factory teams felt his career had to be winding down. During this time Dowdy managed to win eight additional outdoor nationals, a 250 supercross, six 125 supercrosses, a west coast 125 supercross championship, and finished runner up in the MX nationals three times. 1998 is long considered the best year of Dowd's career. After winning the west coast 125 sx championship, Dowd was brought in by Yamaha to try and dethrone Kawasaki's young phenom and reigning 125 national champion Ricky Carmichael. Dowd would actually lead Carmichael in the points chase after the first five rounds, but later succumb to the relentless assault from the Greatest of all Time and finish runner up.When asked about his thoughts for the weekend, Dowd had this to say "I'm real excited for Southwick this year. They made a few changes to the track to add a little something different, and the racing should be great for the fans. My bikes are working awesome right now. The fuel injected RMZ-450 is an amazing bike stock and for Southwick we put some work into my race bike. Kenny Germain from Kenny G's Performance Tuning built my motor and the thing feels like a top fuel dragster when it pulls. I've been testing suspension settings with Ziggy and the guys at Factory Connection, and these guys don't quit till they get it right. It's the best suspension, period. I'd like to thank all my fans that still inspire me to go out and ride 30 +2's, it's not as easy as it was 10 years ago. Trust me, ever since I hit 40 I'm sore for a week after I do a national. I'd also like to thank all my sponsors for sticking behind me. Cole at American Suzuki, Factory Connection, Kenny G's Performance Tuning, DCS Financial Group.com, Pro Circuit, Moose, Pirelli, Keene Motorsports, Alpinestars, Renthal, Shoei, Smith, Works Connection, Vitamin Water, Artco, TSS Graphics."