High temperatures and extreme humidity welcomed the Dirt Rider staff to the East Coast this past week. Jimmy Lewis was joined by photographer Adam Campbell, new guy Chris Denison, Publisher Sean Finley and Test Editor Corey Neuer on Sunday night after flying in from a WORCS event in Washington. We met up with Boston-based internet sales manager Jeff Melei and NY-based sales manager Damian Ercole, who organized most of our third annual Dirt Rider East Coast industry ride day.A lot of the world's top companies and riders are based in the Northeast, so we've made a point of holding this annual event to stay in touch with the East side of the moto-industry.First on our agenda for the weekend, before heading down to Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey, was the Southwick Motocross. Extremely humid conditions combined with the brutally rough and sandy MX 338 track made the Southwick National a survival contest for most of the competitors, including James Stewart, who was forced to retire from the first moto when he felt too fatigued to continue. Ricky Carmichael seemed unaffected by the extreme conditions, but his amazing 31-moto win streak was finally broken when he took over 30 seconds to re-fire his RMZ-450 after a small crash. The very-deserving Chad Reed finally won his first 250 moto because he was able to hold the gap, even once Ricky got back on his pace. Think about how many Nationals Chad and Kevin Windham might have won over the past couple of years if RC was not racing!Grant Langston had the added challenge of competing with a recently dislocated ankle (at the Hangtown National). He was again hauled off the track on the Asterisk medical unit mule after aggravating the injury during the second practice on Sunday morning. In spite of that, Langston won his second AMA National this year with a heroic 2-1 moto score. Mike Alessi proved again that he is for real by winning the first moto but a second moto crash left him with an injured shoulder. Mike Brown ended up second overall for the day but still holds the points leadwhich is pretty amazing when you consider the number of factory-supported riders in the field.A three-hour drive after Southwick got us down to Englishtown, NJ for our Monday industry ride. Rich Schmidt and his staff did a great job prepping the Raceway Park track, which is home to the Kawasaki Race of Champions each fall.Factory Connection, Ohlins, Pro Pilot, Michelin, Bridgestone, Pirelli, Twin Air, SFB, Cycra, Boyesen, Arai, Smith goggles, Regina Chain, Husqvarna, Fast By Ferracci, Parts Unlimited, SBS brakes, Fox racing, Moose racing, Thor, Race tools, PowerSeal, Works Enduro Rider, Spectro Oil, Zoo York, Spy Optic and Active-8 were among the companies that had representatives on hand to show off their latest products.