CORONA, Calif., (Jan. 30, 2008) – Monster Energy’s Grant Langston (Yamaha) used his championship Outdoor National MX skills to his advantage in the mud-clogged Supercross class main event at San Francisco’s AT&T Park this past Saturday, Round Four of 2008 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship.
Langston, the reigning AMA Outdoor National MX champ, overcame an early heat race crash to put up a heroic run that had him all the way up to 4th place – only to cross rut and crash again in the same spot – settling for the 6th place transfer spot.
In the Supercross class main event, shortened from 20 laps to 15 due to the heavy rain, Langston got a mid pack start and had moved up rapidly into the top ten by the end of the second lap when he crashed and fell back to near last place. He managed to get his YZ450F back on the track and into contention quickly, making up seven places in the next two laps which put him a click away from the top ten.
“It certainly was wild out there,” said Langston. “I’d gone down a couple times in my heat race, but knew everyone else was having difficulties as well and it was possible to pick up places in a hurry. So I was pushing it early when I went down and decided it’d be best to try and keep it upright and salvage some points.
“I was able to make it back into the top ten and eventually to 5th. This does a lot to set ourselves up for a run at the podium at the last Anaheim race this weekend.”
Langston, who’d finished 20th and 18th in the previous to Supercross class main events, moved into 12th place overall in the standings – just two points out of the top ten.
Next up for Monster Energy’s Grant Langston is Anaheim 3 at Angels Stadium, Feb. 2, Round Five of Monster Energy Supercross.