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Pastrana bows out of season

8/23/2001

MILLVILLE, Minn. - KTM's Grant Langston kept his promise this time. After practice Saturday, Langston said he would win the national hands down and he did just that. In two flawless motos, Langston took his third sweep of the year to grab the points lead. The other big story of the day was Travis Pastrana, who set one of the fastest laps in the first moto, only to pull off halfway through the race.

"My head and ankle are fine," he said. "I'm just not comfortable running the pace of the top guys. A couple of seventh-place finishes is not how I want to end my season. I've tried my best, but I wasn't able to hang on."

In a noble and emotional move, Pastrana stepped down from his spot on Team USA for the Motocross des Nations and wished his replacement, Mike Brown, good luck.

Moto One:
Brock Sellards pulled the holeshot, but when the pack came around at the end of Lap 1, Langston was in the lead followed by Ernesto Fonseca. Pastrana was back around ninth and Brown was seventh.

Langston took advantage of the early lead and checked out. Fonseca stayed solid in second, but the men on the move were Pastrana and Brown. Pastrana moved into the top five and then pulled off, opening the door for Brown, who charged into third.

By the time Brown reached the top three, he was faced with a huge deficit over first and second. Brown was able to close the gap on Fonseca by the last lap, but ran out of time to make the move.

Langston won going away, followed by Fonseca, Brown, Sellards and Rodrig Thain.

Moto Two:
Sellards and Langston were the leaders again off the gate followed by Fonseca, Thain and Brown. Langston made it a repeat of moto one by railing off the fastest lap times and leaving the pack behind.

By the time Brown worked his way into second, Langston was long gone. Thain ran third for most of the moto until Nathan Ramsey caught and passed him late.

At the end it was Langston with the huge win and Brown in second. Ramsey rounded out the top three and Thain and Sellards finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

Nick Wey, who suffered a back injury at Washougal, Wash., came back to post two solid sixth-place efforts, one of the best rides of his season.

In the points race, Langston's 1-1, gave him a two-point advantage over Brown with two rounds to go.

In other breaking news, Shae Bentley suffered a badly broken lower leg, ending his comeback trail. Billy Payne broke his hand.

Overall - 125cc:
1. Grant Langston - 1-1
2. Mike Brown - 3-2
3. Rodrig Thain - 5-4
4. Brock Sellards - 4-5
5. Ernesto Fonseca - 2-10
6. Nick Wey - 6-6
7. Larry Ward - 7-7
8. Branden Jesseman - 9-8
9. Nathan Ramsey - 17-3
10. Steve Boniface - 11-9
11. Greg Schnell - 8-12
12. Steve Lamson - 14-11
13. David Pingree - 16-13
14. Matt Walker - 15-14
15. Tallon Vohland - 10-29

Point Standings (After 10 of 12 rounds):
1. Langston - 372
2. Brown - 369
3. Pastrana - 311
4. Ward - 285
5. Ernesto Fonseca - 267
6. Sellards - 266
7. Ramsey - 181
8. Jesseman - 171
9. Thain - 171
10. Sheak - 159


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