Demuth Back to Winning Ways

Shan Moore | January 10, 2005

Josh Demuth (pictured) claimed his first win of the 2004-2005 National Arenacross Series before a very vocal hometown crowd at the Reunion Arena in Dallas, Texas, over the weekend.

The Shogun Factory Yamaha/Motion Cyclesports-sponsored Demuth added a Dash-For-Cash victory and electrified the partisan crowd by running down series points leader Darcy Lange from a 20-bike deficit during Saturday’s 250cc final to almost take a third win. The showing was Demuth’s best of the season, while series points leader and defending champion Lange suffered his worst performance of the year, including a season-low 12th-place finish in Saturday’s 125cc main. The Kawasaki Team Green/Pro Circuit/Richmond Racing-sponsored Lange suffered from bad starts, poor gate selections and an unfortunate crash with another rider, but he still managed two main-event wins on the tight and slippery course Saturday night.

Kawasaki Team Green/Pro Circuit/Richmond Racing’s Jeff Northrop, who occupies second place in the series standings, also had a night to forget after finishing eighth in Saturday’s 250cc main and having to watch the 125cc final from the bleachers.

Like Demuth, Branden Jesseman, of the team, liked the Dallas course and claimed his second win of the year, a wire-to-wire run in Friday’s 125cc main, while Lange worked up to second from one of his sub-par starts.

With only four rounds remaining in the series, Lange still holds an almost insurmountable points lead, a full 122 points ahead of Northrop, with Jesseman another 33 points back.

Shan Moore | Contributing Editor

Moore covers all facets of off-road racing for Cycle News – from AMA Supercross and Motocross to GNCC and National Hare Scrambles events.