450 Words: Glen HelenMonday, September 10, 2007 | 9:04 AM
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At 6:30 in the morning of the 2007 Glen Helen National, I motored north up the 57 freeway towards San Bernardino and looked out the windshield. There was the Big A of Angel Stadium. Down below, I could see the parking lot that served as the pit area for the opening round of the 2007 AMA Supercross Series. The Friday evening before Anaheim ‘07, Grand Langston quietly confided to fellow South African and world and AMA national champion Greg Albertyn that he was struggling to come to terms with his new Yamaha YZ450F. The next evening inside the stadium, Langston went out and ended up on his head in the dirt, his supercross season shot.
Coincidentally, Langston took possession of his new 2008 Yamaha at the end of July and placed second overall at both Washougal and Millville. The he won both Steel City and Freestone in Texas and found himself with an 8-point lead heading into Glen Helen—exactly where I was headed.
Once the 40-rider pack roared around the Talladega turn to begin the final moto of the season, for Langston, it was nothing more then a case of hanging on for 30-minutes-plus-two laps. He did that easily to place third behind Windham and Alessi, and in doing so won both the Glen Helen overall and his first AMA Motocross Championship. Yamaha must be glad they had as much faith in this motocross rider as he had in them—especially after the way that season started for both.
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