2007 AMA Motocross Freestone Results

September 2, 2007
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Grant Langston made it two in a row as he collected another AMA Motocross victory at the inaugural Freestone MX National in Wortham, TX. The Team Yamaha rider not only snagged another overall, but extended his lead in the overall championship race to a solid nine-point lead ahead of Red Bull KTM’s Mike Alessi. Alessi went 3-2 on the day to earn his second consecutive runner-up.

Only one round to go and Grant Langston will be the national champion. - Texas
Grant Langston collected two podium finishes at Freestone.

Race 1 went about as well as it could have for Team Honda’s Andrew Short who led all 16 laps to collect his first Motocross moto win. The CRF rider was dogged for half the race by Alessi before Langston worked his way around for the second podium spot. Alessi finished third with a charging Tim Ferry, who rounded the first lap in ninth, claiming fourth.

Race fans might have been confused as to who exactly was running the number 902 into seventh place, but it was none other than Cody Cooper. The New Zealander would finish one position better in Moto 2 and snag a top-5 overall on his NoFear/Pro Circuit-backed CRF450R.

Moto 2 lined up at the end of the day and looked to be a repeat of the opener with Short out front early and Alessi hot on his tail. K-Dub gated third but was overtaken by GL on Lap 3. Langston wouldn’t waste any more time and immediately went to work on Alessi who gave way only one lap later. From there it was another two circuits before the Factory Yamaha was in the lead and off to the checkers for the last half of the race. Ferry got a somewhat improved start this time around and came out of the hellacious first lap in fifth. He would gain two positions by the time the flag fell, but a 4-3 was only good enough for fourth overall, and he drops five points behind Short and 13 adrift of the championship lead.

AMA Motocross Results:
1. Grant Langston, Yam, (2-1)
2. Mike Alessi, KTM (3-2)
3. Andrew Short, Hon (1-5)
4. Tim Ferry, Kaw (4-3)
5. Cody Cooper, Hon (7-6)
6. Ivan Tedesco, Suz (5-8)
7. Kevin Windham, Hon (9-7)
8. Michael Byrne, Suz (6-10)
9. Josh Hill, Yam (37-4)
10. Gavin Gracyk, Hon (14-11)

AMA Motocross Overall Standings:
1. Langston, 394
2. Short, 386
3. Ferry, 381
4. Alessi, 379
5. Windham, 322

Motocross Lites
The 450 class sorted itself out a bit in the tumultuous championship race and so did the Lites gang where Ryan Villopoto swept the day to gain a decisive advantage over his Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki teammate Ben Townley.

RV got a little help from his friends, or at least the Yamaha camp with Broc Hepler sneaking between the two Kawi riders with a 3-3 runner-up finish. Townley managed to land on the podium, but a sixth in Moto 1 was detrimental to his championship hopes. If it hadn’t been for that pesky Hepler, Mitch Payton would have gotten his third consecutive podium sweep with Brett Metcalfe finishing fourth.

It was Hepler who jumped out to the early lead in Moto 1 but Villopoto stormed up from his fourth-place start and led from Lap 3. Hepler held on to the second position all the way until the final few laps when RV’s youngest teammate, Austin Stroupe moved around. Stroupe was in a perfect position to podium or earn his first victory but a DNF in Moto 2 derailed his intentions. Townley came from 35th after Lap 1 all the way to sixth – an impressive feat, but not enough to keep him close in the championship points.

It was all RV in Moto 2 as he led all 16 laps, but Townley was much closer this time around. He made the move for second on Lap 2 which displaced Hepler to the final podium spot. BT101 wouldn’t catch his teammate, however, and now sits 19 points out of the lead after a complete season of see-saw action.

Trey Canard was the most successful overall of the new recruits. The Sobe NoFear/Samsung/Honda rider finished 5-5-5 on the day.

AMA Motocross Lites Results:
1. Ryan Villopoto, Kaw (1-1)
2. Broc Hepler, Yam (3-3)
3. Ben Townley, Kaw (6-2)
4. Brett Metcalfe, Kaw (4-6)
5. Trey Canard, Hon (5-5)
6. Martin Davalos, KTM (11-4)
7. Tommy Hahn, Hon (10-7)
8. Broc Tickle, Yam (9-8)
9. Kyle Chisholm, Kaw (8-9)
10. Austin Stroupe, Kaw (2-32)

AMA Motocross Lites Overall Standings:
1. Villopoto, 497
2. Townley, 478
3. Grant, 346
4. Lawrence, 277
5. Dungey, 267