Langston showed Bonds who is boss.

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I was watching Cycle World on Speed Vision last night and they showed the highlights from Hangtown. Langston and Bonds were dicing a bit and after Bonds cased a landing he intentionally went wide to block Langston from passing. Langston successfully passed Bonds shortly thereafter. As Langston was going by Bonds he cut over and took out Bonds front wheel and Bonds went down hard. I guess Bonds will think twice about playing games with the World Champ from now on.

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Didn't see it, but going wide to block someone from passing you for the lead sounds like racing. Intentionally taking out someone's front wheel after you pass them sounds like dirty riding.
 
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You can make the call when the race airs. Bonds went from entering the very inside line of a 180 turn to deliberately (very slowly) riding straight out to the outside line exiting the corner. He knew he was going to get passed because he bobbled going in. That move would have pissed me off too, especially coming from a rookie. I know that Hannah would have done the same thing if a rookie pulled that move in front of him.

The Bonds move reminded me of the Matasivich block moves on Bradshaw 10 years ago that lead to similar retaliation.

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Sounds like we might have a rivalry brewing. Was watching the lap times being posted live on the web and those guys were really battling and pulling away from Pastrana, Thain and everyone else.

Let's hope Bonds heals quickly so he can get out there again.
 

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langston is a punk!!

i saw the highlight on bike week, and i gotta say, i think langston's move was totally uncalled for. true, bonds blocked him, but it was purely defensive. i've seen ricky carmichael do the same thing, along with a host of others. bond's move didn't put langston in any danger of injury. the south african's move, on the other hand, could have ended much worse for bonds than just broken ribs. to make it clear, langston passed bond over a downhill jump. as he swooped by, he looked over at bonds - to gauge exactly where he was, it seemed. as soon as he landed, he moved abruptly into bond's line just in time to take the other rider's front wheel out from under him...at 30-40 miles per hour. bonds high sided and hit the hard packed landing ramp pretty soundly.

my opinion? it was wrong, it was dangerous, and it was unsportsmanlike as hell. what's worse is the ama let him get away with it. the only way any justice will be served now is if the home town boys step in for the injured bonds and put langston in his place.
 

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Good for Langston, saw the move, Bonds started it Langston ended it, the better man and machine won!
 

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Come on children, let's not let this turn into a KTM is better thread. With those guys, it's pretty much all rider. The bike has very little to do with it.
 

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Originally posted by yzguy15
Come on children, let's not let this turn into a KTM is better thread. With those guys, it's pretty much all rider. The bike has very little to do with it.
tell TP that. langston is on the fastest 125 right now. in the 125 class one hp means alot. i read on racerx that roger d spent 100 hours on the dyno this week. i dont think its because TP's bike is sooo fast.;)
 
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Langston just showed Bonds...

Bonds decided to play dirty himself, Langston never intended to take out Bonds' front wheel. Rather just cut him off and get him back for that cheap move. Though im not saying Langston's actions were right, it's never right to play those dirty tricks. Bonds and Langston are on the top of my Fav 125 riders list. Just the Nationals are getting a little personal with everyone wanting to take down the big skinny Suzuki speed demon(Pastrana) or the supposed Green Racing God (Carmichael). I hope Bonds recovers quick as to see some more of that great head to head racing what's been going on. Also, let's not start any controversy about "KTM Rocks!" because we all know...Red is better ;)
 

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I hope someone puts Langston in his place for that dirty move, it looked to me like he actually hit the brakes when he landed in front of Bonds. In the post race interview he said they were just playing games or something like that and he wasn't trying to make him wreck,BULLS@#@!
 
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It's funny that based on a clip from espn all you experts are either condemning or condoning waht Grant did. I was there and was watching the epic battle (it was pretty cool) Bonds was spent and trying everything to keep Grant behind him. (Brake checking almost every corner, finally triing to park Grant on the top of that hill) Grant had mad the pass coming down the hill, made the move to the inside line and Bonds triied to take a line that was not there for him. The rest is history. Put Grant in his place? More often than not that will be at the top of the podium.
I taked to Gerald and was told that Mitch Payton called him and told him that he felt that Grant was in the right.
Yes, I ride a KTM, but I'll try not to let brand loyalties cloud my judgement. "Bobby Bonds is a class rider, he rides more fulid and has greater corner speed than Pastrana, given a year (with a few bumps and scrapes) he will be a title contender" Gerard Langston

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I watched the race today and couldn't really make out what Bonds did in the corner due to the camera angle. The move that Langston put on Bonds looked dirty to me. I mean come on, Bonds was just landing and it seemed he would have had a very hard time trying to avoid the KTM that was pulling over on his landing area. Langston was looking back watching him land and pulling right in front of him. Looked dirty. There is a difference in stuffing someone in a turn vs. stuffing them on a high speed landing.
 
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After watching it I didn't feel it was that bad of a move. Did he mean to block him, sure, but I think it was meant to be a block, not a take out. Its just one of those things, both were racing for the win. I don't think Grant slowed that much and Bonds did have time to slow more than he did. It was no dirtier a move than Tortelli made on Windham, its just that they both stayed up in that case.