KAWASAKI DOMINATES AT GLEN HELEN2005-09-13 05:25
Tedesco wins first-ever 125 AMA MX Championship, Langston takes 125 overall on '06 KX250F
Team Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Ivan Tedesco finished out the AMA motocross season by clinching his first 125 AMA Motocross Championship as Grant Langston took the 125 overall victory aboard the new 2006 KX250F. Both riders shared the podium with rookie teammate Ryan Villopoto who finished second overall during the final round of the 2005 AMA Motocross Championship at Glen Helen Raceway Park last Sunday.
In the first moto, Langston got the best start of the group after he launched his new '06 KX250F out of the gate into the lead with Villopoto close behind in fourth. Unfortunately, Tedesco got tangled up on the first lap with another rider and went down. As the race progressed Langston embarked on a fierce battle with Mike Alessi while Tedesco made a formidable charge from the back. Near the end of the race, Villopoto proved his tenacity as a pro rider by advancing into third as Langston took the lead away from Alessi. When the checkered flag dropped Langston crossed the line first with Villopoto in third, Matt Walker in sixth and Paul Carpenter in 12th. Tedesco gave a hero's effort but eventually accepted a 22nd place finish which also shrunk his overall points lead to a mere ten points. Shortly following the race, Langston was docked five seconds by the AMA for cutting the track which forced him back into second place.
In the second moto, Villopoto took the holeshot going into the first turn with Langston in second, Carpenter in fourth and Tedesco in sixth. As the first two laps were completed, Langston moved up into second as Tedesco tangled with Alessi causing both riders to go down. Walker crashed during the early stages of the race and was assisted off the track by the Asterisk medical team for evaluation. As the race progressed, Langston eventually overtook Villopoto who lead for nearly six laps as Carpenter dropped one position into fifth. Tedesco was able to remount his bike and soldier on towards the finish. As the final lap was completed, Langston took the win with Villopoto in second, Carpenter in fifth and Tedesco in 11th.
When the dust finally settled on the day, Tedesco was awarded his first AMA 125 Motocross Championship. Langston was 2-1, for first overall aboard the new 2006 KX250F and Villopoto 3-2, for second overall, his first podium finish after starting his pro career only two races earlier.
"It feels great to finally win a national championship," Tedesco said. "I wouldn't have put my money on me before this season started, but the hard work I put in during the off-season really paid off. I'm going to be moving on to the 250 class next year to see how I can do against the big boys."
The season-ending tally placed three Kawasaki riders in the final top ten standings for 125, with Tedesco being joined by Langston in fourth place and Walker in ninth place. Carpenter ended his roller coaster season with an impressive 11th place finish.
Team Kawasaki rider Michael Byrne, the Australian transplant who resides in Murrieta, Calif., was the model of consistency throughout the 250 Motocross season. Byrne finished the day at eighth in the first moto and sixth in the second moto, to earn fifth overall for the day and sixth overall for the season.
Team Kawasaki rider James Stewart did not compete at Glen Helen this weekend after Kawasaki and Stewart determined that the best option would be for Stewart to refrain from riding for the remainder of the motocross season. The team decided it would be best for Stewart to focus on rehabilitation and training for the upcoming U.S. Open and the 2006 Supercross and Motocross season.
With the 2006 Supercross season kicking-off at Anaheim Stadium in January, there is already an air of anticipation in the minds of motocross fans everywhere for the return of James Stewart, and all the Kawasaki riders. But, there is also little doubt that the efforts put forth during the 2005 AMA Motocross season will be unrivaled for years to come.
Source: Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.
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