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    A young Californian rider, Marty Smith, broke through the ranks of experienced European riders to win two heats of the U.

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    A young Californian rider, Marty Smith, broke through the ranks of experienced European riders to win two heats of the U.S. Motocross Grand Prix in Loxington, Ohio, last weekend.

    Smith led from the beginning of the first race on his Honda. His greatest rival, Belgium's ??? -- the World Champion -- suffered mechanical problems from a minor accident early on in the heat, and never fully recovered his form.

    By the end of the first forty-five minutes of racing, Smith had a 21-second load over his closest challenger, Gilbert DeRoover of Belgium, on a Zundapp. Japan's Yoshifumo Sugio came in third, one second behind DeRoover.

    After an hour's rest, riders and machines were lined up again for the start of the second heat. Smith led from the off, followed by Sugio in second place. Smith's victories gave his overall first position with Sugio overall second.

    SYNOPSIS: The start of the first of two heats for the U.S. Motocross Grand Prix run in Lexington, Ohio, last weekend.

    Eighteen-year-old Californian rider, Marty Smith -- on a Honda -- surprised everyone by taking the lead right away. ???cal trouble severally ??? the progress of his greatest rival, Belgian Gaston ??? riding number three. Rahior world Champion -- never quite recovered...and put in ??? disappointing race performance.

    Another Belgian, Gilbert DeRoover -- number four -- on a Zundapp came closest to challenging Smith....but could only manage second place for the first heat.

    Third in the first race ???hifumo Sugio of Japan, riding bike number nine. He finished one second behind DeRoover.

    Smith and his red machine had one hour ???rest before the ??? Rahier spent the watching his machine being repaired.

    The start of the second heat....a chance for the European riders to dominate....
    But is was mainly a re-run of the first race with Smith taking the lead....and again another dazzling display of riding from the young Californian.

    This time, the Japanese Sugio managed to keep ahead of all other riders -- except Smith -- and came in to take second pace in the heat. This gave his overall second place in the day's racing.

    But it was Marty Smith's day. He took the chequered flag for the second time to make it two victories in a row.

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