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LAYTON, Utah (AP) -- After a long feud with neighbors over his backyard motocross track, David Crapo has given up and will level the $6,000 dirt track .

"I am going to take out everything the city is calling a track," said Crapo, 32, a professional motocross rider.

He said that will include the curved embankments, the rhythm section (a series of consecutive hills) and some berms.

The only dirt mounds that will remain in his 11/2 acre yard will be small hills for non-motorized bike use, he said.

"I definitely applaud him for his efforts," City Councilman Steve Curtis said.

Crapo also has put his home up for sale and hopes to move to a more rural area .

"I'm sick of it," Crapo said. "It is not that they have won. I just want to blend in and not have any more issues. After having the dog getting shot, that is pretty much it."

Crapo's purebred German shepherd was wounded Aug. 15 while chained in the front yard, but is recovering.

Crapo believes the shooting of the dog stemmed from the feud with his neighbors. The neighbors believe the incidents are unrelated.

For the past three months, Crapo and his neighbors have battled in City Council meetings over whether the motocross track was appropriate in a residential zone.

Neighbors complained about the noise and dust created by the track bordering their back yards, while Crapo claimed it was a matter of property rights.

Community Development Director Scott Carter said the motocross would be in violation of zoning laws.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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