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When Tiger Woods sat out first round of the Fed-Ex Cup golf playoff last week, few of his competitors were upset, and the fans and the media embraced the idea of seeing a more competitive match. Of course we’ve encountered a similar situation in the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship, where Ricky Carmichael made good on his pledge to ride half the races and then make his exit, and James Stewart was a no-go after dislocating his knee at Washougal. Fans were disappointed that they would not see the two best motocross riders on the planet, but they were also looking forward to seeing a title battle between new participants.
Yesterday at Freestone County Raceway in Texas, a new generation of Lone Star State MX fans saw what an AMA National looks like when it’s run in their backyard (well, Tony Miller’s backyard anyway). They were there early, and they stayed all day. They saw an adopted local favorite—Colorado transplant Short—enjoy the thrill of victory and the agony of giving away the second moto and the points lead with an unscripted crash. They saw Tim Ferry continue to struggle with his starts (and if they looked deep enough in the pack, they saw Kevin Windham continue to struggle with staying inspired out there). The veteran Ferry could only muster 4-3 moto scores (and the veteran Windham suffered the indignity of being passed by visiting New Zealander Cody Cooper at the end of both motos). Mike Alessi did his best to hold on to his title hopes, though he may have held on too hard—his hands were blistered and bloody after this one.
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