Langston (Yamaha) battles valiantly to place 4th o/a in premier SX class
CORONA, Calif., (Jan. 7, 2008) – Monster Energy’s Grant Langston (Yamaha), the reigning U.S. Open of Supercross and Bercy Supercross champion, picked up right were he left off this past fall in challenging for the overall podium at the opening round of 2008 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, at Anaheim’s (Calif.) Angels Stadium.
“Yeah, I felt pretty good. Should have been on the podium, but given the conditions I’ll take what I got,” said Langston. “Certainly could have been worse.”
After scoring a rather ho-hum 5th place finish in his heat race Langston exploded in the Supercross class main, blazing a trail to 2nd place overall after the first lap, then inheriting the lead when fellow Yamaha racer Chad Reed went down.
Langston then the race for the next several laps, much to the appreciation of his adopted hometown of Lake Elsinore, Calif., - home of Langston Racing - and the fans from southern California.
“I could definitely hear it when I was running up front,” said Langston. “I think I could get used to that.” (laughter)
Supercross specialists Reed and James Stewart would eventually catch and pass the current AMA Outdoor National MX champion, Langston.
Veteran Tim Ferry would be the last battle for Langston en route to making the podium – a battle which Ferry would ultimately win (at least for this round).
Next up for Monster Energy’s Langston is the Phoenix round of 2008 Monster Energy Supercross at Chase Field, Jan. 12.