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Offline Whethefakawe

Grant Langston and the US MX championship
« on: September 11, 2007, 02:01:44 am »
Just a quick report, must go spend a week on an island with the greek side of the family, flight leaves in 5 hours ;D

Sunday September 9, the last race of the 2007 US MX Nationals:

It was a beautiful day, about 26C instead of the more typical 35, and it seemed that traffic was lighter than usual. The crowd seemed a bit smaller than previous years which can only be a good thing. We always park at the back of the track and walk in, a distance of maybe 2 k's, this year the road had been tarred which made it very easy.

All my connections came to naught, had to buy a ticket, but did so gladly.
My friend from Cape Town at the gate:


There are two aspects to a day at the races: the racing itself, and the off-track sights and people. Glen Helen attracts a very strange crowd every year, every subculture in Southern California rocks up en masse. Like this specimen:


Pissed as a newt, of course.

There are many nice families too though, this dad was explaining the ins and out of the motocross season very well to his three boys:


I offered to explain some ins and outs to these two, but they were actually working for Red Bull at their hospitality tent and couldn't break away. They were even sorrier about that than I was. They told me so ;D


Saw some seriously dedicated fans:




Next to the pits, along the finish line, is a vendor area where all kinds of new, pretty and expensive gadgets and equipment is displayed. Saw this KTM rally bike that an oke named Jonah Street, who is a big name in Baja races here, rode in a rally in Central America. Seems the bike did the Paris-Dakar too:




The bike had a sticker in memory of Elmer Symonds from KZN, who died during the Dakar Rally in January:


Between the start line and the vendor area:


"A bit bigger than what I remember from the good ol' days...."


Glen Helen is a spectacular track, with many steep up- and downhills. Very intimidating, the big uphill called "Mount Saint Helens" has a 45 degree slope. I have seen some of these pro riders, arguably among the top 100 or so in the world, make a slight mistake and go sliding down that hill on their lips, bike cartwheeling behind:
 



Mount St Helens:


"Yebo baba, thees track, she's beeeg"


The start line of the 250 class (old 125's)
 


You been using dogsh*t for toothpaste, Mullet?
 

Offline Whethefakawe

Re: Grant Langston and the US MX championship
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2007, 02:30:41 am »
Part 2, photos of GL:

In the first race he rounded the first turn in 8th place or so, by the second turn moved up to 6th. He stayed there for a few laps, when he got the "halfway" signal from his pit, turned the throttle some more and picked them off one by one. A mistake-free and very impressive ride.

In the second race Grant got a 3rd place start, soon passed the KTM of Mike Alessi, then sat in 2nd for most of the race. With about 4 laps to go he toned it down a bit and Alessi got by him again. He finished 3rd, which was good enough for the overall win, and of course the championship. My friend and colleague whom we call "Meltdown" is a test rider for Yamaha and keeps me up to date on all the goings-on. GL won the last 3 races overall, he got better and better as the season progressed. I talked to Meltdown last night after the race and asked him to convey all the SA boys' congratulations to GL. What he just did is a major achievement. 

























That's it. Now if the bokke pull finger, it will be a very good year for sport in SA ;D
You been using dogsh*t for toothpaste, Mullet?
 

shark_za

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Re: Grant Langston and the US MX championship
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2007, 07:02:07 am »
Wow, thanks for this report man, really nice.
 

Kev

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Re: Grant Langston and the US MX championship
« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2007, 10:22:30 pm »
Nice to see pics such as these.... thank you! :thumleft:
 

Offline sweerhe

Re: Grant Langston and the US MX championship
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2007, 12:06:37 am »
Awesome Whethefakawe!  Thanks for the news update and pics!

Enjoy the baklava...
« Last Edit: September 12, 2007, 12:12:36 am by sweerhe »
1200GSA. It's like the girl you marry, reliable, maybe a bit overweight but you know she will always look after you even though she may not be the most exciting ride.

HP2. Itís like the pole dancer you have thoughts of running away with, you know at some point it will end in tears but you just have to come back for more, at times it makes no sense but when you get down and dirty who cares about sense."