JS7 pulled off his best performance of the season so far and dedicated the victory to JGR Yamaha mechanic, Mark “Tex” Adams (below), who died in a tragic accident this past week.
This weekend marked the fourth round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series, the one and only Northern California round found itself in the suburbs of Oakland at the Oakland Coliseum. Saturday night’s race gave us the fourth 450 main event winner of the season so far when James Stewart crossed the finish line on his JGR / Toyota backed Yamaha. Not only was James the fourth winner of this season, but the win marked the fourth different manufacturer to win a 450 main event this season as well.
The big news coming into this weekend’s race was the passing of James Stewart’s practice mechanic, Mark “Tex” Adams. Mark lost his life last week when helping out a stranded motorist in Florida who had run out of gas. A vehicle had drifted over and hit him while he was on the side of the road. The loss had a major impact on the motorcycle industry as Mark was a very well known mechanic having worked with guys like James and Travis Pastrana.
“It means a lot to me, “said James post race. “It’s cool to see the motocross community come around me and really support not only me, but him (Mark “Tex” Adams). I’m sad, but what about his family? We should be thinking about the people and friends he knows, just everybody around him. Definitely, this win is for him.”
We spoke to James’ Publicist/Administrative Assistant Greg Hatton about the passing of Adams and how everyone was holding up at the Stewart compound. Greg stated, “It’s simply sad but we are all working around it. Of course it is hard. It’s unreal, especially how it happened. He was helping someone in need and lost his life.”
Chad Reed: “I’m disappointed with that ride. I got an amazing start but I just didn’t flow my lines and hit my marks.”
Chad Reed had a good start in the main event leading half the race until being passed by Stewart. Chad would eventually end up with the second podium spot on the night. During his podium speech Chad stated that he “rode like a girl” and was clearly not happy with his performance.
“I’m being tough on myself.” Chad stated. “I’m disappointed with that ride. I got an amazing start but I just didn’t flow my lines and hit my marks like you expect from yourself. In the end result I think that James obviously had a very tough week and tough start to the season and for us as a Supercross season it’s great, four races, four winners, and him winning for his buddy Tex.”
Ryan Villopoto would take the third and final podium spot in the main event after getting a bad start and charging up to Stewart and Reed. Villopoto just didn’t have it in him to get around the two in front of him but definitely put up a good fight.
Despite putting in a good fight, Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto had to settle for another podium behind Stewart and Reed.
“The track was tough,” said Villopoto. “I had a spot on the track where I was faster than those guys and I tried it a few times and just couldn’t make the passes stick and a start would make that all go away. We need to work on our starts a little bit.”
Other big news on the night included the HUGE transfer by Kevin Windham in opening ceremonies. It almost looked like K-Dub wasn’t going to go for his signature transfer until after about three stops to wave to the crowd and jumping from berm to the take-off of one of the triple landings. The landing was not clean by any means but Kevin pulled it off. Brownie points for him for simply being a bad-ass dude!
Eli Tomac was obviously on a mission this weekend in the Bay Area finishing a mighty 12 seconds ahead of the rest of the field. He grabbed an early lead, taking it away from Martin Davalos on Lap 2, and put his head down to pull away from the pack. After back to back wins here’s what Eli had to say:
“I’m getting addicted to that red plate,” stated Tomac. “It looks good on the Honda. Our bike is dialed, it shows by the lap times and the position I’m finishing. I’m stoked!”
Geico Honda’s Eli Tomac finished more than 12 seconds ahead of the field in Oakland and is off to the best start of his career.
Davalos had a good start but had some issues and quickly moved backward through the pack, making mistakes and having some close calls.
A couple favorites, Pro Circuit Kawasaki‘s Dean Wilson and Lucas Oils / Troy Lee Design’s Cole Seeley would have some issues of their own. Wilson swapped out early in the race and got over the bars and off the track before one of the triples. He remounted and was all the way down in 20th place. Moments later Seeley would have his own issues and go down. He remounted just behind Wilson and the two charged back through the pack together. The downed rider duo would finish a respective 10th and 11th.
A good three-way battle erupted for second place between Zach Osborne, Marvin Musquin, and Jason Anderson. Anderson would end up crashing out of the whoops leaving Musquin and Osborne to battle it out. Musquin was able to land himself in the second-place spot with a couple laps to go while Osborne would finish third.
“It’s good to be back on the podium,” said Musquin. “I had a bad crash last weekend but I didn’t break any bones on my body and I’m in one piece. I am happy to finish second, my family is here for two weeks so it’s great. To come from 10th to finish second is great.”
Tyla Rattray has been forced to the sidelines after fracturing his C-7 vertebrae during his heat race in Oakland.
Once again Osborne impressed everyone with yet another podium finish. Zach stated post race. “I struggled a little bit in the middle of the moto, it feels great to be back up here again and I’m really happy. It’s sort of bittersweet because it’s my last one.”
Tyla Rattray had a big get-off in his heat race and did not return to the track after being carried off on a stretcher. Reports indicate that Rattray suffered a small fracture in his C-7 vertebrae. Get well soon Tyla!
For Round 5 it looks like we are going back to Anaheim for A2. Will we have a fifth winner of the premier class? If not, then who is going to be the first rider to get a second win? I guess we have to wait until Saturday night to find out! See you all there!
R.I.P. Mark “Tex” Adams. You will be missed by many.