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10.09.2007 AMA Motocross Championship in San Bernardino (USA) - Results

Grant Langston wins AMA Motocross Championship

Yamaha’s Grant Langston clinched his first-ever AMA Motocross class championship today before a crowd of 26,205 at Glen Helen Raceway’s Giant RV Motocross National in San Bernardino, final round of the 12-race AMA Toyota Motocross Championship. Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto secured his second-consecutive AMA Motocross Lites title.
Grant Langston (Yamaha) / Photo by: AMA Motocross
Grant Langston (Yamaha) / Photo by: AMA Motocross
Langston, who entered the season finale needing a top finish to hold off his three nearest competitors, turned in a championship-winning performance with a 1-3 moto finish en route to his third-straight overall win to close out the season.
"It’s definitely a great feeling to win this championship," said Langston, 25, who also won the 2003 AMA 125cc Motocross championship and 2005 and 2006 AMA 125cc Supercross titles. "I think it was just five or six races ago that I thought I didn’t have a snowballs chance (at winning the title). Every week I kept chipping away. The championship was a like a carrot being dangled in front of me. Once I could see the carrot I got on a roll."
KTM’s Mike Alessi finished 2-2 for second overall, while Honda’s Kevin Windham, of Centreville, Miss., was third (5-1).

Event Results Class Motocross, San Bernardino:

  1. G. Langston (Yamaha), 25 (1) - 20 (3) - 45 points
  2. M. Alessi (KTM), 22 (2) - 22 (2) - 44
  3. K. Windham (Honda), 16 (5) - 25 (1) - 41
  4. T. Ferry (Kawasaki), 18 (4) - 18 (4) - 36
  5. A. Short (Honda), 20 (3) - 15 (6) - 35
  6. J. Hill (Yamaha), 13 (8) - 16 (5) - 29
  7. M. Brown (Honda), 15 (6) - 14 (7) - 29
  8. G. Gracyk (Honda), 12 (9) - 10 (11) - 22
  9. K. Mace (Kawasaki), 8 (13) - 9 (12) - 17
  10. R. Clark (Honda), 11 (10) - 6 (15) - 17
  11. C. Cooper (Honda), 14 (7) - 0 (26) - 14
  12. T. Adams (Suzuki), 0 (33) - 13 (8) - 13
  13. R. Owens (Honda), 6 (15) - 7 (14) - 13
  14. M. Byrne (Suzuki), 0 (24) - 12 (9) - 12
  15. J. Summey (Honda), 0 (39) - 11 (10) - 11
  16. C. Blose (Honda), 2 (19) - 8 (13) - 10
  17. M. Lapaglia (Yamaha), 10 (11) - DNS - 10
  18. S. Simon (Kawasaki), 9 (12) - 0 (33) - 9
  19. K. Rookstool (Honda), 7 (14) - 0 (30) - 7
  20. K. Partridge (Suzuki), DNS - 5 (16) - 5
  21. M. Sleeter (KTM), 5 (16) - 0 (25) - 5
  22. J. Thomas (Honda), 0 (38) - 4 (17) - 4
  23. R. Bell (Honda), 4 (17) - 0 (28) - 4
  24. M. Dowell (Yamaha), 0 (27) - 3 (18) - 3
  25. T. Hadsell (Yamaha), 3 (18) - 0 (31) - 3
  26. R. Fitch (Yamaha), 0 (22) - 2 (19) - 2
  27. B. Garrison (Yamaha), 0 (40) - 1 (20) - 1
  28. J. Marsack (Honda), 1 (20) - 0 (22) - 1

Season Standings Class Motocross:

  1. G. Langston (Yamaha), 439 points
  2. M. Alessi (KTM), 423
  3. A. Short (Honda), 421
  4. T. Ferry (Kawasaki), 417
  5. K. Windham (Honda), 363
  6. R. Carmichael (Suzuki), 291
  7. J. Stewart (Kawasaki), 290
  8. M. Byrne (Suzuki), 230
  9. G. Gracyk (Honda), 218
  10. D. Vuillemin (Honda), 207
  11. I. Tedesco (Suzuki), 198
  12. D. Millsaps (Honda), 186
  13. J. Summey (Honda), 173
  14. J. Thomas (Honda), 128
  15. R. Clark (Honda), 117
  16. T. Adams (Suzuki), 116
  17. K. Lewis (Honda), 112
  18. J. Alessi (KTM), 108
  19. A. Balbi (Honda), 69
  20. S. Skinner (Honda), 66
Ben Townley (Kawasaki) / Photo by: AMA Motocross
Ben Townley (Kawasaki) / Photo by: AMA Motocross
In the Lites class, Ben Townley, who entered the race trialing by 19 points, picked up his sixth overall win of the season with a 1-2 moto finish, but it wasn’t enough to keep Villopoto (1-2) from walking away with the championship. Kawasaki’s Bret Metcalfe was third overall after a 3-3 finish in the motos.
Ryan Villopoto (Kawasaki) / Photo by: AMA Motocross
Ryan Villopoto (Kawasaki) / Photo by: AMA Motocross
"I always heard that it was harder to back it up," said the 19-year old Villopoto, referring to repeating as champion. "Mitch (Payton, team manager) said he hasn’t seen two guys go at this hard. Ben and I went at it every weekend. It was definitely harder than last year."

Event Results Class Motocross Lites, San Bernardino:

  1. B. Townley (Kawasaki), 22 (2) - 25 (1) - 47 points
  2. R. Villopoto (Kawasaki), 25 (1) - 22 (2) - 47
  3. B. Metcalfe (Kawasaki), 20 (3) - 20 (3) - 40
  4. B. Hepler (Yamaha), 16 (5) - 16 (5) - 32
  5. A. Stroupe (Kawasaki), 11 (10) - 18 (4) - 29
  6. M. Davalos (KTM), 14 (7) - 15 (6) - 29
  7. J. Weimer (Honda), 15 (6) - 14 (7) - 29
  8. T. Canard (Honda), 18 (4) - 9 (12) - 27
  9. N. Izzi (Suzuki), 13 (8) - 10 (11) - 23
  10. K. Chisholm (Kawasaki), 7 (14) - 13 (8) - 20
  11. T. Hahn (Honda), 10 (11) - 8 (13) - 18
  12. K. Cunningham (Yamaha), 12 (9) - 4 (17) - 16
  13. S. Boniface (Kawasaki), 8 (13) - 6 (15) - 14
  14. B. Tickle (Yamaha), 0 (31) - 12 (9) - 12
  15. J. Moss (Yamaha), 0 (35) - 11 (10) - 11
  16. Z. Osborne (KTM), 4 (17) - 7 (14) - 11
  17. A. Mcfarlane (Suzuki), 9 (12) - 0 (35) - 9
  18. M. Willard (KTM), 2 (19) - 5 (16) - 7
  19. A. Miller (KTM), 3 (18) - 3 (18) - 6
  20. K. Smith (Suzuki), 6 (15) - 0 (28) - 6
  21. R. Sipes (Honda), 5 (16) - 0 (32) - 5
  22. R. Beat (Yamaha), 1 (20) - 2 (19) - 3
  23. R. Renner (Honda), 0 (38) - 1 (20) - 1

Season Standings Class Motocross Lites:

  1. R. Villopoto (Kawasaki), 544 points
  2. B. Townley (Kawasaki), 525
  3. J. Grant (Honda), 346
  4. J. Lawrence (Yamaha), 277
  5. R. Dungey (Suzuki), 267
  6. J. Weimer (Honda), 255
  7. B. Metcalfe (Kawasaki), 242
  8. T. Hahn (Honda), 220
  9. M. Davalos (KTM), 203
  10. B. Tickle (Yamaha), 201
  11. K. Chisholm (Kawasaki), 196
  12. B. Hepler (Yamaha), 190
  13. A. Mcfarlane (Suzuki), 157
  14. M. Goerke (Yamaha), 153
  15. J. Hill (Yamaha), 135
  16. R. Kiniry (Kawasaki), 110
  17. J. Rodrigues (KTM), 108
  18. T. Canard (Honda), 98
  19. S. Boniface (Kawasaki), 96
  20. C. Gosselaar (Kawasaki), 93
Source: Press Release AMA Motocross
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