But if you take a closer look at the 250F class, there is something that jumps out: This class is finally back to serving its purpose as a class for the young, up-and-coming racers. At High Point, I overheard someone saying, “Isn’t it cool that the up-and-coming class actually has up-and-comers?”
A few years ago, this class was basically a battle of veterans. Aside from the domination of James Stewart, I’m sure many of you remember the Ryan Hughes and Mike Brown era—two 30-something motocross veterans who were ruling the then-125cc class. And then you have Grant Langston, a former World Champion who took a championship in 2003. And although he and Brown are still in the 250F class, they’re not factors so far in 2006.
The 2005 Budds Creek National podium featured Mike Brown, Ivan Tedesco, and Grant. In 2004 it was Stewart, Hepler, and Brown, and in 2003 it was Stewart, Langston, and Tedesco. So there’s usually at least one championship-proven veteran on the podium, if not more.