26 August 2007
Langston seizes AMA lead.
Langston used a 2-1 moto finish to earn his first overall win in the premier AMA Motocross class, and the 10th of his career. His last win came on September 11, 2005 in San Bernardino. KTM's Mike Alessi finished second with a 1-3 moto finish, while Honda's Kevin Windham was third (3-2).
"It was a hard physical race out there today," said Langston. "Any one of the three of us could have won this race. This is my first overall win in the Motocross class and it meant a lot because of the points. I've gained 30 points in the last two rounds, which is unbelievable. I think there are going to be some sleepless nights as we get closer to the end."
The win catapulted Langston into the points lead, erasing an 11-point deficit in the series standings with two races remaining. Honda's Andrew Short who finished fourth on the day (5-4), trails by two points, 347 to 345. Kawasaki's Timmy Ferry (4-7) drops to third with 343 points, while Alessi sits just 10 points back with 337.
In the Motocross Lites class, Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto picked up his fourth win of the season to take over the points lead.
Villopoto, who trailed team-mate Ben Townley by two points heading into Steel City Raceway, started his day with an inspired ride that saw the defending champ work his way from the back to finish third in the first moto. He would follow that up with a wire-to-wire win in the final moto to earn the overall victory, the 10th of his career. Townley was second on the day with a 6-2 moto finish and Villopoto now holds a six-point lead over the Kiwi.
“I got involved in the first turn crash – it was pretty much a domino effect with quite a few riders going down. I managed to get back to fifth but then went down again and ended up 6th which was I was disappointed with," said BT of race one. "I changed my gate for the second moto and went a little wider, had a bad jump and went down on the end of the first lap again. I got back up and charged through the pack and felt like I was hauling but those crashes let me down today. I've got to minimize those mistakes and get some points back in Texas next week."
For the second week in a row, Brett Metcalfe finished third (8-3) to give Kawasaki its second straight 1-2-3 podium finish from its' Pro Circuit team.
The AMA Toyota Motocross Championship Presented by FMF heads west for the inaugural Monster Energy Freestone Motocross National at the newly-rebuilt Freestone Raceway in Wortham, Texas on September 1-2, for the penultimate round of the championship.
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