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MOTOCROSS: Troy preview

PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Motocross Championships are made up of 12 rounds& ...

PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Motocross Championships are made up of 12 rounds– 11 of them are considered traditional motocross circuits, but this Sunday's, July 22 event at Kenworthy's Motocross Park in Troy, Ohio, is something altogether different. Many riders consider Kenworthy's the most Supercross like of all the motocross nationals. This Sunday's race is round eight of the 12-race series and defending champs Ricky Carmichael, of Kawasaki, and Suzuki's Travis Pastrana are leading their respective classes.

Last year, coming into Troy, Floridian Carmichael was trailing Frenchman Sebastien Tortelli by four points in the 250 class. This year Carmichael, while not dominating as he did in the AMA EA Sports Supercross Series this winter, has a 39-point lead over Suzuki's Kevin Windham. Tortelli, of Team Honda, is third in the series. Even when he has an off weekend, like last weekend in New Berlin, N.Y., for example, where Carmichael didn't win a moto, he usually comes out fine. His 2-2 finish last Sunday was good enough for the overall victory. Carmichael is the heavy favorite to repeat as 250 winner at Troy this year. The Supercross-style jumps of the circuit should suit Carmichael perfectly.

Chief among Carmichael's foes this weekend will be Suzuki's Windham. Windham was runner-up to Carmichael last year and is hungry for a victory. If the Louisiana native could manage to win at Troy, it would be the first 250 win at the track for Suzuki.

Another rider looking for his first win of the season is Amsoil Honda's Mike LaRocco. LaRocco, the Hoosier who is ranked fifth in the series, joins Carmichael as the only former Troy winner in the 250 field this weekend.

In the 125 class, Pastrana has ridden steadily to lead South African newcomer Grant Langston. Pastrana hopes to make up for a bad showing at Kenworthy's last year where he crashed in the second moto and earned a disappointing seventh overall.

Langston, last year's 125 Motocross World Champion, has been spectacular in his AMA motocross debut season, winning four of the seven events, including last week at Unadilla in New York. A shoulder injury earlier this year forced the KTM rider to miss a round and he dropped from the series lead, opening the way for Pastrana. Langston appears to be getting stronger every weekend and could give Pastrana a serious run for his money with five rounds remaining.

Ohio's own Brock Sellards was the surprise winner in the 125 class at Troy last year. Sellards, from New Philadelphia, is now with the Red Bull KTM team and is ranked sixth in the 125 standings coming into Troy. Sellards is hoping to repeat his performance of a year ago.

The other former 125 winner in the field is two-time AMA 125 National Motocross champ Steve Lamson. The Californian won the 125 class at Troy in 1995 and 1996, but Lamson is having a sub-par season, finishing a season best seventh in Buchanan, Mich. He's ranked 22nd in the series coming into this weekend's race.

<pre> KENWORTHY'S MOTOCROSS PARK TROY, OHIO SCHEDULE OF EVENTS JULY 15, 2001

DIRECTIONS TO TRACK I-70 to Exit 36, go 10 miles North, turn left on Ebbers Rd. RACE AND TICKET INFO 937-335-4763

SUNDAY, JULY 22, 2001 8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Will Call 8:30 a.m. Riders Meeting (Mandatory) 8:45 a.m. Chapel Service 9:00 a.m. - 9:20 a.m. Practice 125cc class riders 9:20 a.m. - 9:40 a.m. Practice 250cc class riders 9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Practice 125cc class riders 10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Practice 250cc class riders 10:30 a.m. to completion Qualifiers 12:30 p.m. Opening Ceremonies 1:00 p.m. Moto 1 - 125cc class - 30 minutes, plus 2 laps 2:00 p.m. Moto 1 - 250cc class - 30 minutes, plus 2 laps 3:30 p.m. Moto 2 - 125cc class - 30 minutes, plus 2 laps 4:20 p.m. Moto 2 - 250cc class - 30 minutes, plus 2 laps 5:30 p.m. Victory Circle

-AMA Pro Racing

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Series AMA
Drivers Ricky Carmichael , Kevin Windham , Sebastien Tortelli , Mike LaRocco
Tags MOTORCYLE