PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- In the world of motocross Travis Pastrana is Maryland's favorite son. The 17-year-old racing sensation from Annapolis, Md., is leading the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Motocross Championships in the 125 class and is coming home to...
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- In the world of motocross Travis Pastrana is Maryland's favorite son. The 17-year-old racing sensation from Annapolis, Md., is leading the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Motocross Championships in the 125 class and is coming home to Maryland seeking a first professional win on his home track this Sunday, June 17, at Budds Creek Raceway. Many riders call Budds Creek a favorite track. It has hosted AMA Motocross Nationals since 1989 and has been the site of the United States Grand Prix of Motocross. Pastrana is on a hot streak as the U.S. Motocross Championship makes its way to the forested hills of Southern Maryland. The young factory Suzuki rider has won two straight races, Mt. Morris, Pa. and Southwick, Mass., and has taken over the lead from 2000 World Champion motocrosser Grant Langston.
"I love racing in front of my home state fans," says Pastrana of Budds Creek. "The track is fast and can get pretty rough. A lot of riders go fast there so it's going to be challenging, but I'd love to win."
Langston, who led the series after the first three rounds, had a tough weekend last Sunday at Southwick. The South African suffered a separated shoulder in practice last week, but managed to tough it out and rode his factory KTM to a remarkable sixth-place overall finish. Even though he lost the championship lead, Langston still holds a solid second, just eight points behind Pastrana. Pro Circuit Kawasaki's Mike Brown is the only rider keeping Pastrana and Langston in sight. The Tennessee native is third in the 125 standings. In the 250 class defending champion Ricky Carmichael, like Pastrana, took over the series lead last week with a victory in Massachusetts. Carmichael twice won the 125 class at Budds Creek and is the defending 250 champ at the popular circuit. The Kawasaki rider should be the favorite to win his fourth event at Budds Creek.
Even though Carmichael is heading up the field, the 250 series is turning out to be a wide-open affair with the top-five riders all within 22 points. Yamaha's Tim Ferry is just 10-points behind Carmichael. Ferry hopes to improve on his fifth-place finish at Budds Creek last year. Kevin Windham (Suzuki) is third in the series and is the 1999 Budds Creek winner. Mike LaRocco, Doug Henry and Ezra Lusk are all past 250 winners at Budds Creek as well.