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MOTOCROSS: Washougal preview

PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- This Sunday, July 29, Washougal Motocross Park in Washougal, Wash., will host round nine of the 12-race AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Motocross Championships. This year is the 21st edition of the Washougal event and the rich, deep,...

PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- This Sunday, July 29, Washougal Motocross Park in Washougal, Wash., will host round nine of the 12-race AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Motocross Championships. This year is the 21st edition of the Washougal event and the rich, deep, dark loamy dirt makes it one of the favorite circuits of many riders in the series. It has also been described as the most picturesque tracks on the circuit.

Washougal brings the stars of motocross back to the West Coast after a six-race swing in the East and Midwest. From here the tour heads back east to wrap up the year.

Coming into this year's Washougal race, Kawasaki's Ricky Carmichael stands atop the 250 standings having won five of eight overalls. The defending Washougal winner from Havana, Fla., is bidding to become the first back-to-back winner of the 250 championship since Jeff Emig accomplished the feat in 1996 and '97.

Mike LaRocco, of South Bend, Ind., joins Carmichael as a former 250 winner at Washougal. The Amsoil Honda rider won there in 1994 and again in 1996. LaRocco is ranked fourth in the series coming into Sunday's race and is still looking for his first overall victory in two years.

"I've had good races at Washougal in the past," said LaRocco. "This year I felt like I've been on the verge of winning, but I just need to be a little more consistent and maybe have a little luck fall my way."

On the 125 side it is defending champ Travis Pastrana, of Annapolis, Md., leading the way. Last year the Suzuki rider made a spectacular come-from-behind charge late in the season to win his first championship. But this year Pastrana seems to be struggling to hold his lead in the championship. He suffered a concussion in a crash at Unadilla (N.Y.) and didn't seem to ride with his normal "gung ho" style last week in Troy, Ohio. Pastrana claims he should be back to normal by Washougal.

Mike Brown has been making a strong mid-season surge in the 125 class on his Pro Circuit Kawasaki, making it a three-way battle for the championship between himself, Pastrana and South African Grant Langston. Brown, of Piney Flats, Tenn., is a former 125 winner at Washougal, last winning there six years ago. Brown's move in the series is very reminiscent of Pastrana's charge last year.

Langston, last year's 125 Motocross World Champion, is still riding with an injured shoulder that will likely require surgery in the off-season. The Red Bull KTM rider still has the most wins in the 125 class this year with three victories. Despite his injuries and sitting out a race, Langston is just 18 points out of the series lead. If you're looking for a rider with a lot of incentive this weekend, look no further than Langston.

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WASHOUGAL MOTOCROSS PARK WASHOUGAL,WA SCHEDULE OF EVENT JULY 29, 2001

DIRECTIONS TO TRACK: I-205 North from Portland, OR, Hwy 14 E to Washougal left on 15th St/Washougal River Rd east for 6 ½ miles, left on Hughes Rd, 3/4 mile to Borin Rd, right on Borin Rd.

RACE AND TICKET INFO: 541-673-1671

SUNDAY, JULY 29, 2001 8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Will Call 8:45 a.m. Chapel Service 9:00 a.m. - 9:20 a.m. Practice 125cc Class 9:20 a.m. - 9:40 a.m. Practice 250cc Class 9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Practice 125cc Class 10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Practice 250cc Class 10:30 a.m. to completion Qualifiers 12:30 p.m. Opening Ceremonies 1:00 p.m. Moto 1 - 125cc Class - 30 mins, plus 2 laps 2:00 p.m. Moto 1 - 250cc Class - 30 mins, plus 2 laps 3:30 p.m. Moto 2 - 125cc Class - 30 mins, plus 2 laps 4:20 p.m. Moto 2 - 250cc Class - 30 mins, plus 2 laps 5:30 p.m. Victory Circle

-AMA Pro Racing

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Series AMA
Drivers Ricky Carmichael , Travis Pastrana , Mike Brown , Jeff Emig , Mike LaRocco
Tags MOTORCYLE