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Chad Reed Speaks on Stewart and Chisholm

Friday, May 1, 2009
James Stewart and Chad Reed clearly dont see eye to eye on what happened during the race. - 2009 AMA Supercross - Jacksonville
James Stewart and Chad Reed clearly don't see eye to eye on what happened during the race in Salt Lake City.
The previous 16 Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, races this season, set the stage for this weekend’s 17th and final event of the season at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium where the AMA Supercross class champion will be crowned tomorrow night. To preview tomorrow night’s race, reigning AMA Supercross class champion Chad Reed spoke at a pre-race press conference to discuss this epic championship and the controversy that surrounds it. Current AMA Supercross class points leader James Stewart declined the opportunity to attend today’s press conference. Joining Reed at the podium was Andrew Short, who is third overall in the AMA Supercross class, Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites class champion Ryan Dungey and Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites class champion Christophe Pourcel.

“It’s been a tough but fun year and unfortunately I’ve been on the short end of the stick most of the time,” said Reed. “But we’re here. It’s Vegas and I still got a shot at this thing and I’m going to give it all I have. It’s heated and I’m excited. I’m really enjoying it to be honest with you. I’m in a great position. Every other time that I’ve been in this situation, I’ve been a leader. Now, I’m six points down and I’ve got nothing to lose. It’s pretty much going to be checkers or wreckers.”

Chad Reed - Phoenix
Chad Reed believes that James Stewart's teammate Kyle Chrisholm purposefully blocked him in Salt Lake City.
Stewart, who rides for the San Manuel Yamaha team, won the 2007 AMA Supercross class championship and carries a six-point lead over Reed heading into this weekend. In a typical season six points would be a nice cushion, but this season has been anything but typical. The fierce Stewart/Reed rivalry was brought to a new level last weekend at Salt Lake City’s Rice-Eccles Stadium when Stewart’s teammate Kyle Chisholm, who was being lapped by Reed, made an uncalled-for block on Reed. Subsequently Chisholm was black flagged and disqualified from the race, a call that FIM Race Director John Gallagher has never given in his 33 years of professional officiating.

The rivalry which had cooled mid-season has reignited as a result of allegations of a deceitful strategy. Stewart claims that his actions speak for his words denied the opportunity to clear the air face-to-face at today’s conference. Stunned fans await the latest chapter to unfold in this bitter rivalry tomorrow night.

James Stewart - Anaheim 2
James Stewart and L&M Racing/San Manuel/Yamaha Team Manager Larry Brooks in Anaheim.
“Who can deny that it wasn’t intentional,” said Reed. “His line, the fact that he was a lap down, and the obvious being he is James’ teammate. It was a shame. I don’t believe Kyle (Chisholm) is a bad person. I don’t know him personally, but I’ve heard he’s a good kid. It’s weird that a good person should have to go through that. There is a paper trail a mile long of what (Larry Brooks) has done in the past. I find it to be quite amusing but I truly believe everyone in this room knows what really happened.”

Chisholm violated the AMA Supercross an FIM World Championship rulebook which prohibits "failing to immediately respect and comply with the operational or warning flags/lights or other signals from Racing officials" when he remained on track after being shown the black flag and will be suspended from this weekend’s race.

Stewart has been completely dominant in the battle with Reed, winning 11 races and leading 194 laps compared to Reed’s three race wins and 60 laps led. It’s the war that Reed has been focusing on in 2009.

This year Short is enjoying the best AMA Supercross class season of his career and has third place clinched. However, he still has his sights on the first win of his career tomorrow night after picking up 11 podiums this year.

“I’ve put a lot of hard work into the off-season,” said Short. “It’s been a good year for me and the Supercross field is really competitive this (season). A lot of guys have come into the class and it’s been a lot more difficult than years past. I like to think that I’ve continued to improve and all my efforts have been worth it. It’s been an amazing season for the sport. (James) Stewart and (Chad) Reed seem to hate each other which is great for everyone. It’s been amazing. I’m really happy to be such a big part of it.”

Ryan Dungey wins the 2009 AMA Western Lites Supercross Chapionship title - 2009 AMA Supercross - Salt Lake City
Ryan Dungey won the 2009 AMA Western Lites Supercross Championship and will face off with Pourcel in Las Vegas.
Dungey, who is the two-time defending Dave Coombs Sr. East/West Supercross Lites Shootout champion, could become the race’s first three-time winner. The winner of four Western Regional AMA Supercross class main events, Dungey won his championship by five points this year after losing the championship to Jason Lawrence last year by just three points.

“The start of the season was a little rough,” said Dungey. “I kind of came into this with the perspective that it’s a whole new year. To come back and give it another shot was about all that I could do. I felt like I had something that I didn’t have before. In the past, I’d turn a bad day into a bad week but now I realize that winning isn’t everything. I know what’s most important. When things go wrong, I just need to overcome it and let it go. I can only control so much. I’m excited about tomorrow night. Vegas has been good to me and I’m looking forward to getting out there with a new group of guys.”

Pourcel dominated the Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites class championship, winning five main events en route to the first AMA title of his career. Pourcel raced in the Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites class championship in 2007 where he picked up his first career AMA win. Later that season he suffered what was being called a career-ending injury that placed him in a wheelchair for nearly a year.

Christophe Pourcel adds his name to the wall of Kawsaki winners - AMA Supercross Toronto
Christophe Pourcel adds his name to the wall of Kawsaki winners after taking the AMA Eat Lites Supercross title.
“With my injury, I was forced to sit off the bike for eight months, but I was ready to go back racing,” said Pourcel. “When the time came to get back on the bike, it was my opportunity to come to the US and try to win the championship. It was already exciting to have the chance to come over here and race for the championship, but to know that I wasn’t sure if I would ever be able to get back on a bike again and to be where I am right now is a great feeling.”

Fan can watch the race live at 7:00 p.m. in HD on SPEED beginning at 7:00 p.m. PST/10:00 p.m. EST.

Tickets for the Las Vegas Monster Energy® Supercross finals are available for $63 Adult/$63 Child for Jackpot Seats and $42 Adult/$21 Child for Gold Circle Seats. Tickets can be purchased through UNLV ticket outlets, participating Yamaha dealers, online at www.UNLVtickets.com or charge by phone at 1-866-8FINALS. Each ticket serves as a free pit pass where fans can gain access to the interactive pits to meet riders, gain autographs and more.

The AMA Supercross Lites class main event will air on SPEED on Sunday, May 3 at Noon EST and the AMA Supercross class will also air on SPEED at 1:00 p.m. EST.
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eeden heyns -to reed  August 12, 2009 08:56 AM
reed will not win i think baba is the man this year although reed is very good i wish i could ride like that i also ride a suzuki rm 85 it is the best
Sokalina -Reed the Loser and Crybaby...  May 19, 2009 01:04 PM
That's right...Reed gets smoked one-on-one against Bubba every time unless Bubba crashes out. Outdoors...you will see the same thing. Reed can't hang against Bubba and will try and crash into him when given the chance.
Groucho -Larry Brooks and the truth  May 12, 2009 11:38 AM
Groucho Marx said it best "Who are you going to believe, me or your eyes?"
Groucho -Larry Brooks and the truth  May 12, 2009 11:36 AM
Hey, nothing happened, that's all (says Larry) Well, something happened, Supercross has NEVER (until now) required anybody to be black flagged. Then there's the video they showed on Speed of Salt Lake with Kyle looking directly at Chad before the block and attempted T-bone. Groucho said it best Larry..... "Who are you going to believe, me or your eyes?" Uh, my eyes amigo. Hollow victory thanks to Kyle's ignorance.
Frank -Reed will win  May 9, 2009 10:23 AM
CR is is getting faster every week, every month every year. At a tortuous pace but non stop, slowly faster and faster. And the last race faster than JS. Not just the race win, because JS was giving that away, but the fasted lap times, that was not given, Reed took it. This is the year CR will beat JS When I first saw JS I was a huge fan. I thought wow a black guy coming in and taking the game away form the rich white boys (like Arthur Ash) . Then I seen his arrogant, I’m the greatest , attitude. While watching RC say “ he was better than me” ( than RC came back and smoked him). JS is still just as arrogant as ever. Now I cheer on CR I think even most Stewart fans can see what Kyle did was on purpose and Larry Brooks has shown every one his true self by his comments at the LV race “nothing happened, the fans love JS, Suzuki is crying” . He is speaking not just for himself but for Yamaha and they lost a lot of points with Larry’s reaction James Stewart is an arrogant “I’m the greatest “ person. Larry Brooks is a cunning low life beyond words
Frank -Reed will win  May 9, 2009 06:18 AM
CR is is getting faster every week, every month every year. At a tortuous pace but non stop, slowly faster and faster. And the last race faster than JS. Not just the race win, because JS was giving that away, but the fasted lap times, that was not given, Reed took it. This is the year CR will beat JS When I first saw JS I was a huge fan. I thought wow a black guy coming in and taking the game away form the rich white boys (like Arthur Ash) . Then I seen his arrogant, I’m the greatest , attitude. While watching RC say “ he was better than me” ( than RC came back and smoked him). JS is still just as arrogant as ever. Now I cheer on CR I think even Stewart fans can see what Kyle did was on purpose and Larry Brooks has shown every one his true self by his comments at the LV race “nothing happened, the fans love JS, Suzuki is crying” . He is speaking not just for himself but for Yamaha and they lost a lot of points with Larry’s reaction James Stewart is an arrogant “I’m the greatest “ person. Larry Brooks is a cunning low life beyond words
me -reed vs stewart  May 7, 2009 06:08 PM
Its funny how you all like to stick up for stewart always havn a winge about reed. its the fact the reed has improved and when he puts it to stewart and gives him a rub its like lets have a cry about it... go back through the years and have a look who started it 'stewart'. no doubt about it stewart is probally faster but has always like to rough it up with anyone and he rides on the edge but thats his style but when reed steps it up to him its like hes the worst rider ever haha give the guy a break. What Chrisholm done, well thats just pathetic everyone would agree. But between reed and stewart you want supercross, you want racing, you got it didnt ya!
Jim -We'll never know now - thanks to #38  May 4, 2009 05:54 PM
Granted, James *might have* won. He was the odds on favorite, but it's never for sure and that's why we race, to find out. Chad seemed to be just fine passing Bubba in SLC, I think he had a good chance which would have set up an epic battle. For all the die hard Stewart is God people, look at the odds of the Kentucky Derby winner - 50 to 1. That's why we race, nobody knows for sure who'll win. I'm disappointed that Chad didn't get the title. I'm real disappointed Kyle saw it as his job to assure JS a win and deny me and all the fans the race we all wanted to see. Kyle, get a job, somewhere else. Yup, JS might have won. MIGHT HAVE. Nice block butt head.
Phil -Reed v San Manuel  May 4, 2009 11:22 AM
I thought the #38 obstruction was bad, until I watched it on speed from Las Vegas. Now I think it's criminal, the little turkey turned around and looked at Chad before he tried to block him and then attempted to ram him. The AMA should have fined JS 5 points so Vegas would have determined who was the champ, not some punk friend of James. Reminds me of having a fan jump onto the field and tackle a runner on the way to the goal line - make that a sidelined player jumps onto the field. My solution is to have the #1 plate either have a big black slash through it, a large question mark or maybe a #38 up in the corner. James, take no honor in your "championship". As far as the Reedy pass on James, good on ya mate. He could have really taken him out, this time he just sent a message. I used to like JS before he got so arrogant and entitled. I also think it was hilarious when at the end of SLC race when asked what happened James says "I don't know I'll have to go back to the pits and find out." Next sentence, "We don't do dirty stuff like that." Uh, amigo, if you don't know what happened, how do you know it was dirty? Great season 22. Poor excuses 7/38.
Matt -The better angles.  May 4, 2009 01:36 AM
I think the better angles shown at the Vegas round give a better view of Kyle summing up the situation and making a decision to pull out on Reed. I think we all know that any sort of block pass and bar to bar dicing is fine as long as the riders don't fall over, and here's the thing the Stewart fans won't acknowledge; on the same lap.
Nate -Dan Steele  May 3, 2009 08:35 AM
I agree 100% Reed proved yet again that he has NO CLASS, he's a dirty cheap shot artist. He couldn't win the race so he tries to take Stewart out in one of the fastest sections of the track. Someone needs to kick the s#%t out of him.
Frank -Railmaster  May 3, 2009 06:42 AM
Railmaster Never herd of you. Never will!!! Supercross fans. There was a time when Stewart would run away from Reed. When JS and RC were fighting it out Reed was not in it. Reed has improved so much that now I'm on the edge of my seat again. Can't wait for the next race again, like the JS RC days. I'm thankful to both these riders for giving us such a show. Can you imagine how boring it would be if ether one was out. Next year is going to be great for supercross if the dudes like Kyle will stay out of it.
Dan Steele -Chad Reed "punk rider" no class.  May 2, 2009 11:24 PM
After watching the race and being a expert racer in 50 year old group. As a fan of racing I was blown away at the take out move by Mr. Looser Chad Reed. If you can't beat the guy straight up, show some respect. As a fan of Super Cross I will never ever be a Chad Reed fan. I at one time felt he was a talented racer, but no longer. Punk rider with no class is how I will always view Chad Reed.
Railmaster -Your all want to be racers!!!!  May 2, 2009 06:52 PM
Get a life and get off the sofa!!!! None of you know anything about racing or whatit takes to make 1 lap at race speed. So stop making comments about something you could NEVER DO !!!!!. The real railmaster
Nate -Frank  May 2, 2009 02:01 PM
Yup, I'm God. Thanks for recognizing it. I don't care what Emig said, he obviously didn't have a good view of it. I've watched it over and over and there is no way he makes an even remotely clean pass with the line he chose. It was dirty and reckless. His line could have taken him nowhere other than into the side of Stewart's bike. He has attempted to take out Stewart multiple times this year. What Chisolm did pales in comparison the Reed's display of punk like behavior. Reed is a douche and cant stand that Stewart is the better rider and better person, by far. He's lucky Stewart has class other wise he'd have his ass handed to him. Go back to OZ!
Frank -Nate  May 2, 2009 12:41 PM
Your comment"He would never have beaten him in the end even with all his dirty riding." You must think your a god if you can make a call like that. It has been proven that Reed does not always have to pass Stewart to win because when Stewart is pressured he often crashes. Now on you comment about Reed only being able to pass Stewart by T-Boning him. It was far from a T-Bone. Jeff Emig, Speed commentator and former champ called it "a good aggresive pass" and the first pass was clean. Also in Jacksonville Stewart passed reed and held it for three turns and reed passed him back. This had Ricky Carmichael calling it "some good racing". No one knows how it would have turned out if Kyle hadn't hit reed except God and Nate
Nate -Frank:  May 2, 2009 10:56 AM
Please!!! He proved he could pass Stewart by t-boning him!!! I love how you Reed apologists forget that. What Reed did was MUCH WORSE than what Chisolm did. He would never have beaten him in the end even with all his dirty riding. Another thing, Reed lost very little time due to this incident, less than a second. Bubba lost far more time when he was T-Boned by Reed and still passed him back. Reed is a dirty rider and a cheat and that's all there is to it. He doesn't deserve anything other than for Stewart to lay him out. Lucky for Reed, Stewart has far more class than he does and wouldn't resort to his low brow level.
Frank -Reed had a good chance at the win  May 2, 2009 08:19 AM
There is a good chance Stewart would have won anyway but Reed was right on Stewart and had shown everyone, twice, he can pass Stewart. Reed is improving. He is getting faster, every month,every year. As far as Kyle's block, if you think he did not do it on purpose than you would have the same view if Kyle would have thrown his helmet at Reed. I have watched the video over and over. Kyle was not taking a fast,smart,easy line around the corner, he was taking a straight, short, only way possible, line right into Reed
david -david taylor  May 2, 2009 06:40 AM
you have gotta be kidding. that is the biggest load iv ever herd. we dont follow this sport all season to have the championship decided in this way even if reed didnt re take the lead he deserves the shot to do so. you say he needs to buck up and ride like the champion he wants everyone to believe he is,ha is is a champion were not talking about you are we.
BIG A -STILL A CHAMPION  May 2, 2009 06:30 AM
JAMES IS A FASTER RACER THAN CHAD...CHAD COULD NEVER BEAT JAMES...WITHOUT MISTAKE KYLE MADE JAMES STILL WOULD'VE WON ON THE LAST LAP BY 2 SEC. 2009 AMASUPERCROSS CHAMPION JAMES STEWART
Sizzler -Arm chair riders  May 1, 2009 10:34 PM
Sorry but it is hard to read this BS. This isn't politics, and vote for who all your friends vote for. Chad Reed and James Stuart are both fast riders and know what it is like to be in the positions they are in. Chrisholm, although a nice guy, never should have charged in as he did. Stupid! He deserved the "Black Flag", what a great honor to be the first know rider for such actions. Did he mean it? Who knows, but he still should have taken a different actions. Strange Brook's rider's, are riding as he did. I know I was there! May the best man win.
Matt -Cheats in SX  May 1, 2009 07:43 PM
Well, all that those assholes at the San Manuel Yamaha team have done is cheat and deny it. Id be happy if they were all disqualified from Vegas, since the actions of one team rider directly contributed to the success of the other. If one student helps another student cheat on a test, they both get expelled, so why doesn't this apply to real life. Anyone who's ridden a track on a mx bike knows it was a block. I hope the sponsors abandon san manuel, and the team folds. I mean dumping chad for James after chad won the title was rotten enough, and now taking him out... I say Chad and Mike Alessi, who is a very fast starter, should do everything they can to fuck Stewart over this weekend. Im fine with it, the tone has been set now and its no holds barred. Like chad said, its checkers or wreckers. I think James is definitely faster on a bike, but the speed he rides at is sometimes proven impossible. You people that carry on about how fast the man is need to realize that speed isn't very good if you cannot keep it up for 20 laps. Who cares if you set the quickest lap time, if 1/3 of the time you end up crashing. James has one pace. Flat out. Chad is different,he rides clean and tidy 99% of the time and he can stay on the bike for 20 laps 20 times out of 20. Its the classic tortoise and the hare story. Chad has more race craft and a better ability to ride in all conditions. I like Chad better as a person, hes composed, professional, and I'm sure he'd be really mad if mike alessi blatantly took out Stewart while being lapped. If Stewart wants to get by Alessi this weekend he best watch out, because it will be for position, not to lap him, so its all fair game. Notice how James has refused to comment, and in all the interviews he did the wide eyed 'oh i dunno what happened' thing like school kids do when they are in trouble and don't want to cop to it. Not what you expect from professional athletes, maybe 14 year olds but not 'the fastest man on the planet'. As a fan i was robbed of some wonderful close racing for the championship. James might have won anyhow, but now the fans have been robbed by some nobody like kyle chisolm. I look forward to this weekend to see a Chad reed with it all on the line and nothing to lose. Stewart fans need to be ready because hes going down.. he cannot handle high pressure situations at all. This is definitely high pressure. Its wreckers or checkers for James and Chad.
Nate -Reed is a sore looser.  May 1, 2009 05:11 PM
There is only one thing that matters in all this and that is that Reed can not now and never will be able to beat Stewart heads up. The only way he can ever win is if Stewart makes a mistake. On top of that, Reed is a dirty rider and has attempted to take out Stewart numerous times during the season and even in that last race he made a dirty pass that pushed Stewart into the tuff blocks that was much worse than what Chisolm had done. Reed doesn't deserve to win anything and thankfully that will be the end result of this season.
Wig -Chad Reed vs Kyle Chisholm  May 1, 2009 05:04 PM
In response to David Taylor's comment... "anybody that has ever raced can see Kyle did everything he could including laying his bike down to avoid hitting Reed" Give me a break ! Hey David...obviously you haven't "raced" ? Chisholm had the blue flag, he knew the leaders were about to lap him. The line he took after Stewart went by him was bizarro, from the inside of that corner to straight across the track ? How 'bout the incident after that when Chisholm slow rolled over that woop section, after letting Stewart pass him ? That's what got him black flagged. So twice the guy pulled moves that helped increase Stewart's lead. I smell a rat...which sucks 'cause Stewart and Reed were having a fantastic fight. Bring on Vegas and see what happens !
Ben -Spell Check  May 1, 2009 03:41 PM
I really need grammar and spell check before posting. Ready for the weekend
Ben -More Racing Less BS  May 1, 2009 03:39 PM
I was at the race and from where I which was on the East Side of the Stadium it was definitely a block or attempt at it. The TV coverage did not have as good of view as I did. That said Stewart is the faster rider and maybe Reed would not have caught up to take the lead again, but the racing would have continued for a couple more laps, it was quite a show of tenancity from Reed I have never seen. Anyone out there would be pissed off to have there dream trashed by a bystanderd with no stake in the championship. I don't fault anyone for being ticked off especially Chad, but all the same that is racing. It is really too bad that there is any question whether it was or was not intentially because the Reed was slowed down by it by at least 2 seconds not to mention losing the rythm he was riding. Made for some great racing. Coming from the off road racing world where banging bars, block passing and dusting out your competitors is par for the course I loved the racing and am waiting to see what happend this weekend.
Robert -Chad Reed vs Kyle Chrisholm  May 1, 2009 03:10 PM
James passed him clean. That's really all that matters. If this incident had not occurred, Chad still would have not caught back up to James. It was fair and square. Now I like both riders, but in the end, James Stewart is just the best and fastest rider out there. Now I tell you what would be great to see is RC come out of retirement for a season.... There should be a legends tour of the past champions like McGrath and Emig....does anyone remember back in Honda days with Jean Michelle Bayle (excuse my spelling)...
David Taylor -Chad Reed vs. Kyle Chrisholm  May 1, 2009 03:00 PM
I think reed is just a big crybaby and is trying to find a scapegoat. After watching the race anybody that has ever raced can see Kyle did everything he could including laying his bike down to avoid hitting Reed.I think the FIM should reverse ther decision and make Reed buck up and ride like the champion he wants everyone to beleive he is.