Langston, Brown Bring Red-Hot 125 Chevy Trucks U.S. Motocross Championship Battle Into New York'S Southern Tier PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Grant Langston and Mike Brown are in the midst of one of the most hotly contested title races in recent memory...
Langston, Brown Bring Red-Hot 125 Chevy Trucks U.S. Motocross Championship Battle Into New York'S Southern Tier
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Grant Langston and Mike Brown are in the midst of one of the most hotly contested title races in recent memory in the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Motocross Championships. 125 riders Langston and Brown will encounter one another again this Sunday, Aug. 26, when the series moves to Broome-Tioga Sports Center in Binghamton, N.Y.
Langston, the 19-year-old former world champion from South African who rides for Red Bull KTM, has taken the AMA 125 Chevy Trucks U.S. Motocross Championship by storm. He has four overall wins this year, including last weekend's victory in Millville, Minn., and leads Brown by three points coming into Binghamton. Langston has overcome a serious shoulder injury he sustained early in the year and made a come-from-behind charge to take back the series lead.
This will be Langston's first visit to Binghamton, which might lead one to believe that he would be at a disadvantage. But Langston has proven this year to be very quick at mastering new circuits.
If Langston can hold off Brown to win the championship, he will follow in the footsteps of countryman Greg Albertyn, who was a world motocross champion who then came to America to win a U.S. title. It could also mark the first time for a non-Japanese motorcycle maker to win an AMA 125 national motocross championship.
Brown, 28, is returning to Binghamton for the first time since 1996. The native of Tennessee spent the late-1990s in Europe chasing a world motocross championship. While he never won a world title, he proved to be a perennial top contender and did earn the British 125 Motocross championship during his sojourn. Brown, in his first full year back in the U.S. series, has won three 125 motocross nationals on his Pro Circuit Kawasaki. Brown's previous top finish at Binghamton was eighth in 1994 and 1996.
Travis Pastrana, the Team Suzuki star and recent Summer X Games gold medalist, has decided to sit out Binghamton to recover from a concussion suffered late this season. Pastrana led the 125 series for much of the year before suffering the injuries.
Team Chevy Trucks Kawasaki rider Ricky Carmichael is firmly in control on the 250 championships. Last year's Binghamton winner has a 50-point lead on Kevin Windham coming into this weekend's race. Carmichael is likely to wrap up his second-straight 250 national title, but Windham will try his best to keep the championship race going to the final event. Windham won the 250 race at Binghamton in 1999 and hopes to give Suzuki its first 250 victory at the circuit.
Schedule Of Events
Broome Tioga Sports Center, Binghamton, Ny
August 26, 2001
DIRECTIONS TO TRACK: Exit #8 off I-81 (Whitney Point) to Rt 79 West 8 miles to track.
RACE AND TICKET INFO: (570) 346-0469; www.broome-tioga.com
SUNDAY, AUGUST 26, 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 125 Class
9:20 a.m. - 9:40 a.m. Practice 250 Class
9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Practice 125 Class
10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Practice 250 Class
10:30 a.m. to completion Qualifiers
12:30 p.m. - Opening Ceremonies
1:00 p.m. - Moto 1- 125 Class - 30 minutes, plus 2 laps
2:00 p.m. - Moto 1- 250 Class - 30 minutes, plus 2 laps
3:30 p.m. - Moto 2- 125 Class - 30 minutes, plus 2 laps
4:20 p.m. - Moto 2- 250 Class - 30 minutes, plus 2 laps
5:30 p.m. - Victory Circle
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