Last year’s top contenders for the 125 Outdoor Motocross National championship, Grant Langston (KTM) and Mike Brown (Kawasaki) are ready to do battle again this year beginning Saturday night in Indianapolis, Indiana. Round 6 of the AMA Supercross series is also the first round of the 125 East Coast Series.
Langston was relatively new to the supercross series, but he improved greatly and won a main event. Brown, has always been a solid supercross rider — particularly on a 125.
Langston was nursing two bad shoulders by the end of the last year, but off-season surgeries and rehabilitation have Langston starting this year in complete health and (according to those who have seen him ride) in top form. Langston claims his supercross skills have improved dramatically. We will see.
If Langston and Brown were the only top riders in the East Coast series, it would be interesting. They have company, however. 19-year-old Australian Chad Reed (Yamaha YZ250F) has shocked U.S. Supercross observers by running near the front in the 250 class during the first three rounds this year. Reed was runner-up in last year’s World 250 Motocross championship series, and he is hugely talented.
There are other riders to watch as well, but Langston, Brown and Reed should be the contenders for the East Coast 125 title.