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Supercross Salt Lake City Insider

Monday, April 27, 2009
Chad Reed  1  and James Stewart  7  continue their battle for the championship - AMA Supercross - Salt Lake City
The Stewart-Reed battle continues as a questionable incedent with Kyle Chisholm could bring down some penalties.
With the high altitude and cool temperatures in Salt Lake City, you’d think things would be cool, calm and collected, right? Well, actually not so much. It’s getting down to crunch time in the chase for the 2009 Monster Energy Supercross series, and things actually seem to heat up a bit each week now.

High on that list was the final round of the Lites West championship, where Ryan Dungey (Rockstar Makita Suzuki) came into the event with a nine-point lead over the Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki duo of Jake Weimer and Ryan Morais.

In the main event, it was Troy Lee Designs / Seaspan / PPG / Honda’s Jake Moss who led just nearly the entire first half of the main event, but a crash dropped him out of podium contention, and he eventually finished fourth. We’ll let Dungey take over the commentary from here:
"I felt like maybe I was going to get him, maybe I wasn’t. I was just letting it play out. Then he (Moss) fell, and I was riding in first for a while. I knew Trey (Canard) was behind me and I know he was gunning for the win so sooner or later I knew he was going to run it in on me and he did. Nothing bad, and I was like, ‘All right, let him go.’ Then I saw Weimer and I was like, ‘All right, I’m not gonna mess around with that.’ I knew where I had to be and I kind of rode solid. I really wasn’t riding conservatives…I guess a little bit, but just trying to put in a solid ride and do what I had to do. That was the big picture, and I knew I had to get fifth or better so that’s what the goal was tonight. Run like we know how. Just super-pumped in the end crossing the finish line. It was great.”
Jake Weimer  19  and Ryan Dungey  10  fight for the lead - AMA Supercross - Salt Lake City
Ryan Dungey (10) and Jake Weimer (19) battle for position in the last race of the Lites season.

So how was Ryan feeling, “It feels good, I’ll tell you that. All I can think right now is my family, and my team, and Rockstar and all my sponsors behind me, we did it 100 percent. All the way to the top. It just feels good.”

Was there any special satisfaction for him in winning this, after some missed opportunities in the past? Ryan said, “A lot of you guys know that there were a lot of hurts in the past, but it’s just a great feeling when I was able to conquer it. I’m super-pumped and enjoying it. Since I was little I’ve wanted this and it’s a great feeling to get that number one place and know that you’re the best…it’s a fight with a lot of guys and they didn’t make it easy out there. I think that’s why it’s even more special is that it was a fight to the end. We proved that no matter what came our way throughout this whole series we stayed solid and didn’t let anything throw us off key.”

Okay, that’s one battle out of the way, but the heavyweight slugfest over the last several rounds has been between Chad Reed (Rockstar Makita Suzuki), and James Stewart (San Manuel / Yamaha / JSE), and they added to that tale on Saturday night, battling from nearly start to finish in the main event. Let’s check in with Chad first.

The early lead went to Reed, and he said, “I finally holeshot my heat and the main. I just controlled it. I tried to get down in there clean and sneak around the inside. That was awesome. It hasn’t been showing most weekends, but I’ve been working hard on my starts, and trying to watch Mike (Alessi) and see what he does. We’ve made a lot of changes to the bike to try and make the starts easier and better for me, and it’s finally coming around.”
Chad Reed  1  leads James Stewart though the corner - AMA Supercross - Salt Lake City
"He just totally came in there and tried to clean my ass out. But if that’s the way they want to play the game, it kind of sucks, but what can you do? I’d much prefer to settle it between me and James. But it is what it is, and we’ll go into next week and give it all we’ve got. I think good things happen to good people, and karma has a thing of coming around and biting people in the ass. So we’ll see what happens" - Chad Reed

“I got out front and felt like I was riding good, and in a good position. James got by, I passed him back, and then he got back by and I just looked at the laps and saw where we were, and I felt good and confident with what I was seeing. Unfortunately I had a get-together with Chisholm, and I just lost contact with James and he’s obviously riding really, really well. So it was difficult to get back up there.”

Ah yes. The contact with Kyle Chisholm. The controversial move of the night was when the lead duo came up on Stewart’s San Manuel / Yamaha / JSE teammate, Kyle Chisholm. After letting Stewart get by easily, he quickly rejoined the race and unfortunately, he and Chad Reed tangled in the next turn, with Chisholm going down. That seemed to pretty much lock the win for Stewart, as Reed lost contact with him. It also prompted the AMA to throw the black flag to Chisholm, who later claimed that he was just trying to stay ahead of the guys he was racing with.

“You know, I’m out there racing,” said Chisholm. ”Those guys come up on us quick, obviously they’re the fastest two guys in the world in Supercross. I’d just passed Voss. Me, Voss, Wey, Carpenter and Boni…a bunch of us are all within about ten points. I’d just passed Voss and had him behind me, and had Carpenter right in front of me. Chad came around me and clipped my handlebar and actually took my bike right out from under me. I went down and got screwed, and then I got screwed out of a race because I got black-flagged.”

Depending on who you ask, it was either a blatant takeout move, or accidental (and incidental) contact. We’re still waiting on official word of additional penalties (if any). It will be interesting to see what kind of views Speed TV has of the incident, and we‘re sure Tivo rewind and slow-mo buttons will be working overtime following the race.

James Stewart takes the win in Utah and contiues to lead the championship - AMA Supercross - Salt Lake City
"He wanted to win tonight, and I wanted to win tonight, and I think I just got lucky enough and I was able to pull it off, so I feel great,"  - James Stewart
Stewart continued on to win the main, followed by Reed, and for the second week in a row, Davi Millsaps scored a podium finish. Davi said, “It was a good weekend. I ran with those guys for a little bit and they were running a really fast pace and I couldn’t do it for the whole 20 laps…at least on this track. It was pretty brutal. So I just rode my own pace, rode comfortable, pulled away from the guys behind me and got a comfortable cushion. I looked up at the board and saw 17, and I was like, ‘Yes…three more.’ I knew that if I backed it off a little bit Villopoto wasn’t going to catch me. That’s what I did, and I’m really pumped. “

After the conclusion of the main, Reed seemed pretty confident he knew what happened in the contact with Chisholm.

“He just totally came in there and tried to clean my ass out. But if that’s the way they want to play the game, it kind of sucks, but what can you do? I’d much prefer to settle it between me and James. But it is what it is, and we’ll go into next week and give it all we’ve got. I think good things happen to good people, and karma has a thing of coming around and biting people in the ass. So we’ll see what happens.”

The racing seems to have gotten more aggressive among the frontrunners, but Reed said, “It’s hard to compare it. Honestly, the way that the Internet is and whatever, I don’t really want to comment on it. There are reasons why some races go the way they do and it’s been a tough year. I felt tonight that I was closer than I had been all middle-to-end of the season, and that’s all that matters.”

Reed had also had a tough race at the previous round in Seattle, where he’d finished in seventh place. “Last week was a hard week. It’s one of those things. Not everyone knows the facts. I knocked myself out on the Wednesday before that, plus I wasn’t really feeling that great. Then I made it really difficult on myself and crashed in the start. That’s why we race 17 races, and you’ve got to be there every week. You’ve got to be as strong as you possibly can be, and that’s why we go racing.”

Davi Millsaps works to make it to the podium - AMA Supercross - Salt Lake City
Davi Millsaps scored his second podium finish in a row.
For his part, James Stewart seemed pretty satisfied after the race, but with his race result, and as the first race with the points lead. “It definitely feels good. All I want to do is try and hold on to it after Vegas. If I can do that I’ll be happy. I felt really good tonight. Chad got the holeshot. I definitely had to work for it and was able to squeak it out.

When we quizzed him about the aggressiveness of the racing, he said, “On my part, I’m trying to race to win. Everybody forgets, he claimed he was going to try and do this a couple weeks after Jacksonville, try to put me in Row F. He almost did it, but kind of already knew it was coming. But at the end of the day we’re trying to race fair and square and see what happens. I was able to get a win tonight and he passed me a few times and I passed him, and it was all good.”

One thing that was not good was seeing a mostly full water bottle flying out of the stand with James as its intended target. When asked about it, James laughed it off, saying, “I thought I was in Europe again, getting water bottles thrown at me. That guy was so kind. He knew I was thirsty and threw a water bottle at me. Unfortunately I was battling with Chad and couldn’t stop. Maybe next week, we’ll see what happens.”

Ryan Dungey takes the 2009 Western Supercross Lites title - AMA Supercross - Salt Lake City
"“Winning the championship feels good, it’s been a long time in the making – the past two years have been tough. This whole year, it was a fight." - Ryan Dungey
When asked for a Las Vegas preview, Reed said, It’s going to be interesting. I want to get out front, and I’m going to ride strong. I’m going to do everything in my power to win this title. Whatever it takes to do that, I’ll do it. Hopefully we’ll have a yellow 800 in the race as well.” 

2009 Monster Energy Supercross Results:
Salt Lake City, UT

Supercross Lites Heat 1
1. Jake Weimer
2. Jake Moss
3. Chris Blose
4. Ryan Morais
5. Michael Hall
6. Michael Sleeter
7. Jeff Alessi
8. Ryan Clark
9. Ben Lamay

Supercross Lites Heat 2
1. Trey Canard
2. Ryan Dungey
3. Justin Brayton
4. P. J. Larsen
5. Cole Seely
6. Sean Borkenhagen
7. Kyle Cunningham
8. Adam Chatfield
9. Gray Davenport

Supercross Heat 1
1. Chad Reed
2. Davi Millsaps
3. Andrew Short
4. Ryan Villopoto
5. Tommy Hahn
6. Heath Voss
7. Kyle Partridge
8. Nick Wey
9. Paul Carpenter

Supercross Heat 2
1. James Stewart
2. Ivan Tedesco
3. Tyler Bowers
4. Matt Boni
5. Kyle Chisholm
6. Broc Hepler
7. Troy Adams
8. Kevin Windham
9. Jake Marsack

Supercross Lites LCQ
1. Brady Sheren
2. Ben Evans

Supercross LCQ
1. Billy Laninovich
2. Josh Grant

Supercross Lites Main Event
1. Trey Canard (Honda)
2. Jake Weimer (Kawasaki)
3. Ryan Morais (Kawasaki)
4. Ryan Dungey (Suzuki)
5. Justin Brayton (KTM)
6. Chris Blose (Honda)
7. Jake Moss (Honda)
8. Kyle Cunningham (Kawasaki)
9. Michael Hall (Yamaha)
10. Ben Evans (Honda)
11. Sean Borkenhagen (Honda)
12. Michael Sleeter (KTM)
13. Jeff Alessi (Honda)
14. Adam Chatfield (Honda)
15. Ryan Clark (Honda)
16. Cole Seely (Suzuki)
17. Ben Lamay (Honda)
18. Gray Davenport (Kawasaki)
19. Brady Sheren (Suzuki)
20. P. J. Larsen (Kawasaki)

Supercross Main Event
1. James Stewart (Yamaha)
2. Chad Reed (Suzuki)
3. Davi Millsaps (Honda)
4. Ryan Villopoto (Kawasaki)
5. Andrew Short (Honda)
6. Josh Grant (Yamaha)
7. Kevin Windham (Honda)
8. Matt Boni (Honda)
9. Tommy Hahn (Kawasaki)
10. Ivan Tedesco (Honda)
11. Paul Carpenter (Kawasaki)
12. Nick Wey (Yamaha)
13. Billy Laninovich (Kawasaki)
14. Heath Voss (Honda)
15. Broc Hepler (Yamaha)
16. Jake Marsack (Honda)
17. Troy Adams (Honda)
18. Tyler Bowers (Honda)
19. Kyle Partridge (Honda)
20. Kyle Chisholm (Yamaha)
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Jake Weimer Bio
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Kyle Regal Bio
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Brendan -taggin reed  September 24, 2009 08:20 PM
If reed hadnt been in front of chrisholm none of this never wouldve happened. If reed wasnt there to stop the bike it wouldve gone right over the berm... I honestly think that was a dirty move to keep reed from catchin up in points. #1 GO REED
Brendan -awesome race  September 24, 2009 08:13 PM
Tickets to this race was my birthday present from my grandpa. It was by far the best race I've ever seen, even though the weather sucked and it rained all day, it kept me standing through the entire main event. #1 GO REED
Ned -Reed is a dirty racer  May 1, 2009 05:15 AM
The only way Reed can beat Stewart is to take him out. He cant win straight up and has proven so with his dirty riding. Stewart is better and faster than Reed will ever be.
jason dukette -the fastest man on earth (james stewart)  April 30, 2009 02:50 PM
people can say have alessi and byrne make sure stewart doesn't make it to the finals but the truth is they aren't even fast enough to get close enough to do anything to stewart.People say stewart sucks but look whos always has the fastest lap times ,its not reed. And by the way james stewart would of still smoked reed even if that so called bump from chisholm never happend ,stewart is just plain faster then reed ever will be.
jason dukette -james the man  April 30, 2009 02:32 PM
when reed tried to take stewart out the officals that it was ok, but when it came to chisholm coming close to reed it wasn't ok. If reed was any kind of a good rider he should of been way ahead of chisholm. Reed needs to just face it james is just a better and faster rider
MTGR -Regarding Doug - Weak  April 28, 2009 01:34 PM
There are a few important differences between Reed tagging Stewart and Chisholm tagging Reed. First, Reed was making an aggressive Block Pass and Stewart had time to back out of the throttle if he did not want to get hit - he is just used to people folding because of who he is so he kept it on until their lines converged. Second, when Reed and Stewart hit, both Reed and Stewart lost drive and time in their quest for the lead. Third, when Reed and Stewart hit they were actually in a race WITH EACH OTHER as opposed to being blindsided by someone A LAP DOWN that had already been passed cleanly!
MTRG -Even the points and settle it on the track  April 28, 2009 01:09 PM
Why is it all Stewarts fans keep insisting he is by far the fastest and can win any time but then get mad at the prospect of him getting points pulled for his teams’ actions? If he really is the fastest what harm is there in evening the points prior to Vegas? Surely Stewart will just win easily, right? Unless they secretly agree the pressure would make him choke… As for Reeds’ pass being cheap – I agree with the other old-timers here, race like the next guy – have you Bubba-Boys actually watched Stewy pass someone? Bubba-Bumper is by far the biggest bully on the track with a long and consistent history of hitting others (including Reed) unnecessarily during passes. Like all bullies, when he gets payback in kind he whines louder than anyone (including Reed), just take another look at how he started his interview after the race on Speed (before Erin Bates informed him his teammate almost took out Reed and he started back-pedaling to cover his butt). Personally I say let them manhandle each other all they want – provided they are on the same lap and actually fighting for position that is (sorry Chisholm, didn’t mean to get you all excited there).
HydroMan02 -when men were men  April 28, 2009 12:56 PM
How come it has come to the ages when men are no longer men?? You hve a bunch of cry baby guys that claim to be men making so much money they don't know where to keep it at,then complain when another rider even touches their bike..What a bunch of pansies they are in todays moto-cross,Take them and show them what it was like back when you had the likes of MarkBarnett,BibHannah,BrocGlover,RogerDeCoster,that's when men were men,Not these silly lil boys out there in todays racing.......
CRISCO -TEARS  April 28, 2009 12:24 PM
What a bunch of yahoos. Give that aussie a towell and send him back across. He is the rusty wallace of motorcross. ama & fim GET A GRIP!
Comical -"Chisholm-who's that guy?" -Reed  April 28, 2009 04:45 AM
I love his excuse, "I was racing against the guys I just passed, blah blah, a bunch of us are within ten points of each other." What you have 1 point and they have 11? What a joke, when you watch the replay it's quite obvious that he wasn't planning on making the turn. If Reed had braked hard then you would have seen Chisholm flying off the burm like a jump. He got what he deserved though crashing like an idiot and getting pulled from the race, oh and now he might not be in that "ten point" battle anymore! HAHAHA Vegas is going to be great!
B4URacing -Reed & Chisholm  April 27, 2009 09:32 PM
In my day ( first motocross 1973 , I got my Pro license as a Flat-tracker in 1962) it was a MAN'S sport , you did what it took to win , if there was a fight in the pits afterwards , you better be able to whip the SOB- LOL, If I was in Reeds position I would PARK Stewart in the CHEAP SEATS ! I still ride pro short track locally and if you want to bang bars with me that's fine but don't whine when i stuff your butt in the wall-even If I Have to take the hit with you! Bring real MX back --Get tough or go home- If Stewart doesn't like what I have to say -He can come to a local track and take MY OLD ASS OUT !--But I'll be waiting in his pits with a ballbat- crowbar or whatever it takes ! Fell like trying to whip and OLD MAN? Bring it on Bubba
Hot Rod -Steward Haters  April 27, 2009 08:14 PM
James is a better rider! As much as you hate him and love Reed, he is the better faster rider. Funny how no one talks about Reed trying to take James out and he passes anyway after he gathers himself. Make excuses for Chad. Just get ready to do it for a long time!
Doug -Weak  April 27, 2009 07:33 PM
What happened to the good old days when a Hurricane Hannah or Roger DeCoster would knock you on your ass and the only thing that could be said was that you should have not been in their way? Are racers such a bunch of PC weaklings that they cry when things get "bar-to-bar"? The contact between Chisholm and Reed was nothing compared to the slam Reed gave Stewart, knocking him into the tuff-blocks and causing him to lose much more time than Reed lost when he got brushed by Chisholm. As to why the contact occured, it is hard to say. The riders were all talking about the track being slick and it sure doesn't look like Chisholm was trying to hit Reed - if anything it looks like he was trying to do anything, even falling, to avoid contact. Reed lost almost no time in the incident, but slowed down afterwards and seemed to use it as an excuse for why he couldn't maintain Stewart's pace. I'd bet that Roger DeCoster is inwardly chagrined at his rider's lack of aggressiveness and ability to take as good as he gives. Reed has no problem slamming Stewart into the tuff-blocks and threatening to use his teammates to take him out in the next race, but whines when a falling rider's bike touches his rear wheel with so little force that it doesn't even move him off his line. That is WEAK, pure and simple.
Payback -Team Rockstar Makita Suzuki vs. Team San Manuel Yamaha  April 27, 2009 05:13 PM
I say use Alessi and Byrne both and make sure Stewart doesn't even make it into the final.
Sellers -Hopeful for Penalties  April 27, 2009 04:32 PM
with the final race in Vegas and the events that took place in SLC, there better be penalties galore. I think that not just Kyle should be punished but the Team,(including Stewart) I think that the points should go to even and have the final race be a grudge match, because in all reality if the Yamaha team isn't punished Alessi will be doing the same thing, and someone could get hurt.
StoneMan -Team Tactics in SLC  April 27, 2009 01:52 PM
Have to echo MTGR's comments - Speed (plus my TIVO) made it easy to see multiple times - Chisholm can easily be seen letting Stewart by, then punching it and heading straight for Reed in the next turn. Reminds me of a sign I saw many years ago: "Let Brock Bye - 1 Lap"
MTGR -Feeble excuses  April 27, 2009 01:25 PM
For Chisholm to claim he was racing and it was incidental contact is silly. From every angle Speed showed he was all alone and he went straight for Reed. Clearly team tactics, clearly dangerous, clearly illegal, and Stewart clearly benefitted from it. Unless the officials correct that, they are setting a precedent that it is okay. And with only 1 race to make back what was taken I don't see where Suzuki has any choice but to do the same in return.