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2010 Supercross Insider Phoenix

Monday, January 18, 2010
After just two rounds, the complexion of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series has changed dramatically from where it appeared to being going into Anaheim 1. Two of the preseason favorites – Chad Reed and Josh Grant – are already on the sidelines with injuries, a rookie is leading the points standings, and the defending series champ James Stewart sits seventh in the series standings after crashing twice at the Phoenix round.

Ryan Dungey and Roger DeCoster after the race.
Rockstar Suzuki's Roger DeCoster and Ryan Dungey after Dungey's win in Phoenix.
First of all, it might be unfair to call Suzuki's Ryan Dungey a 450-class rookie since he raced last year’s Minneapolis Supercross in the 450 class, and then led Team USA at the Motocross des Nations on a 450, but for his first full season in the class, the Minnesota native has been pretty impressive. In fact, he’s made Roger DeCoster look like a genius for signing an unheralded intermediate rider right out of the amateur ranks pretty much based on attitude and work ethic alone. In Phoenix, Dungey looked like a seasoned veteran. And it would’ve been interesting to see if Stewart could have even put a dent in Dungey’s lead, had he not tangled with Reed and gone down on the fifth lap of the race.

According to DeCoster, Dungey doesn’t seem to be intimidated by the veterans in the class. “Ryan came into this year and he gave us the feeling he belonged here,” said DeCoster. “He didn’t look like a newcomer in the class, and that’s not so easy to do when you have to go up against guys like Stewart and Chad and (Ryan) Villopoto.”

Speaking of the incident between Reed and Stewart, there’s been much said on the Internet about that it, but the bottom line is that Reed will miss a few rounds with a broken hand, while Stewart sits in much the same situation he was in
James Stewart had a rough day at Phoenix.Chad Reed looks to rebound after a frustrating week at A1.
Stewart (top) and Reed (bottom) came together and the end result was a 15th for JS and a broken hand and DNF for Reed.
last year, needing to make up a deficit in the points standings.

The Cliffs Notes version of the episode was that Stewart came down too tightly in a turn and collided with Reed, who was going up the inside and trying to pass. The two riders went down, with Reed’s hand getting trapped underneath Stewart. The Monster Kawasaki rider was partially underneath Stewart and pushed him in an attempt to get up. Both riders remounted and joined the race, although Reed later pulled off after he realized his hand was hurt.

“I was going down the inside and he was on the outside and he turned down really fast and I had nowhere to go. We collided and I broke my hand,” said Reed.

The incident spilled over into the pits, where Stewart went to the Kawasaki pits and pushed Reed’s bike off the stand. According to AMA Deputy Director of Racing, Kevin Crowther, both Reed and Stewart were warned by the AMA for their parts in the occurrences.

“The Race Director levied a penalty against Reed,” said Crowther. “It was a one-race suspension and a $5000 fine for the actions on the racetrack (pushing Stewart off of him). Kawasaki officially appealed the ruling within the allotted 30 minutes and at that point it was turned over to the two stewards who did their investigation. The stewards found that due to the injury, as far as the incident on the racetrack, nothing was done (by Reed) with any intent. So they ruled to overturn the penalty.”

Pro Circuit Kawasaki's Jake Weimer (12) is on a roll.
As far as the incident with Stewart pushing Reed’s bike off the stand, Crowther said that it was also investigated by the Race Director and only a warning was issued to Stewart, based on Stewart’s history of having a clean record.

As for Josh Grant, he underwent surgery to repair his shoulder the day before the Phoenix, and was watching the race from the sidelines. “Josh got his labrum repaired and the surgery went well,” said JGRMX team manager Coy Gibbs. “The surgery actually went longer than expected, but it went well. It usually takes six to eight weeks to recover for that type of injury – six weeks at best. I want to see him healthy, and get him already to go for the end of Supercross and outdoors.”

In comparison, the Lites class has been pretty quiet, other than the fact that a clear order has been established, with Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer taking the edge over Rockstar Suzuki Canidae Motosports’ Ryan Morais, while GEICO Powersports Honda riders Trey Canard and Blake Wharton follow closely in pursuit.

The Dunlop crew has been extra busy servicing all their new clients now that Pirelli and Bridgestone have pulled out of SX.
The Dunlop crew working overtime servicing all thier new clients which include Kawasaki, Rockstar Makita Suzuki, San Manuel Yamaha and JGRMX..
Canard had a scare during his heat race when another rider hit him in the side of the foot. At first Canard thought he had broken his ankle and he pulled off the track to check it out. However, a call to his mother, Keri, on Monday morning revealed that he had only bruised his Achilles tendon and he’ll be fine for Anaheim 2.

Around the pits, the Dunlop crew has been working overtime during the first two rounds, servicing all the new teams they picked up when Bridgestone and Pirelli pulled out of Supercross. Teams moving to Dunlop for 2010 include San Manuel Yamaha, Rockstar Makita Suzuki and Kawasaki, which makes for a lot of tires to change. Next week, at A2, if the weather reports hold up and it ends up being wet, you can be sure the Dunlop crew will be extra busy changing various mud-tire combinations.

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AMA Supercross Rider Bios
Jake Weimer Bio
Jake Weimer was one of the more underrated 250 riders before nailing down the West Coast SX Championship in 2010. For 2012, he'll aim to recover from a difficult season plagued by injury.
Kyle Regal Bio
Based out of Kemp, Texas, Kyle Regal is a former rookie who skipped the Loretta Lynn’s amateur nationals in favor of turning pro during the 2009 season.
Justin Barcia Bio
Justin Barcia is one of the most highly touted amateurs to come from American motocross breeding grounds. His recent showing in the premier class has proven he's a real contender.
Tommy Searle Bio
British rider Tommy Searle is another speedy european rider who splits his effort between racing in the U.S. and overseas. He is currently contesting the MX2 World Championship series for CLS Kawasaki.
Grant Langston Bio
Few have had a career as long and trying as Grant Langston's. From loses to wins, Grant knows racing and knows it well. Since 2010 he has been officially retired.
Matt Goerke Bio
Starting as privateer and transitioning to a factory-sponsored rider, Matt Goerke has slowly been making a name for himself in the 450 class.
Jake Moss Bio
Twin brother to Matt Moss, Jake Moss can be found racing the Australian Supercross series in his home country when he's not stateside.
Kyle Chisholm Bio
Kyle Chisholm was a major success in the Canadian motocross circuit. Now, the 24-year-old is trying to bring that success to the States.

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reedy 22 -stewart red bull sh*t  August 7, 2010 07:13 PM
i think james stewart sucks any way he may be fast but every thing else he sucks at like TURNING he fell on to reed around the turn . also reed hurt his hand and where is stewart anyway did he stop racing or retire or something and stewart is also scared of doing a backflip too.
Thoimwhite -the truth  March 16, 2010 06:46 PM
You all need to get off your R.N walls your stuck on. Stats shows that James is a better and faster rider than any one else in Sx history.Tho his consistant falling is the only thing that holds him back but other than that his speed has and will always blow competition off the map. Fact is if he does'nt fall he will win if no one hits him he will win no one has been ran into as much as James in Sx history as if its intentional who knows. Bottom line, he is the fastest he has beat the best and all you sorry lame people can do is continue to deny the fact that he has the speed records and obviously you suck thats why you are only typing this not riding against him. HA Ha!!!
Brad BC -"King James "The First" - Go home you bed wetters and mama's boys"  February 23, 2010 05:49 AM
Really, have another read of the rubbish you've just written. That would be great for the future of the sport, sponsors & young kids who idolize these guys wouldn't it if they just went out there taking one another out ? The AMA for the most part have done a good job of protecting, nurturing & promoting this competition to be regarded as the best standard of supercross in the world. Go and stand at track level next time supercross is in town & see if you have the same redneck, un educated opinion you do as per your article. You idiot !!!
deals4twowheels -The Deal Guy  February 10, 2010 01:37 PM
It was jsut a normal race occurance, no big deal!! JS shouldn't have knocked over the Kawasaki, he made a lot of money from them!
King James "The First" -Go home you bed wetters and mama's boys  January 26, 2010 08:43 PM
Boo freak'n hoo, you cry babies! It's a good thing most of you were still eating soft food when motocross was in its infancy, because they all rode like Stewart does today. Better yet, James rides like he's on a Sunday stroll compared to how it was once done, and I don't recall any tear stains on the pillows back in the day when taking out someone in front of you was just the way things were done. I can only imagine the girlish screams I would hear if Jim-Bob kicked out the rear brake rod from anyone riding a CZ in front of him..well boys and girls that's the way it was done. Motocross used to be a man's sport fought with guts and blood...if your competitor didn't take you out perhaps the fans might take issue with your standings and pelt you with whatever was handy at the moment. Yes the sport has evolved to what it is now, a stunt show of jumping ballerinas racing down long straight-aways filled with triple jumps joined together by berms wide enough to drive a team of horses. Boo-hoo!
Mike -MR  January 25, 2010 12:45 AM
Ive watched the AMA supercross for as long as i remember. Bizarre thing is, if you taped & replayed all the moves stewart has put on reed & vise versa, there would unequivocally be no doubt to who is more aggressive & who has put more dirty moves on anyone & that would easily,.... be james stewart. He is reckless & arrogant especially when coming from behind, (as many of you who have rightly commented on here),. has a complete lack & disregard for other riders safety that are in his way. What about the poor privateer, who stewart knocked off ?? poor bloke didnt even get a mention. He should have been disqualified from the race after that idiotic move. As for chad pushing him off him & getting fined, how absolutely ridiculous. What was he meant to lie there & keep his broken hand under james shoulder as a pillow (after he ran into him) until james could get up. Common sense obviously prevailed & was rightfully overturned !
Alisha -Reed  January 24, 2010 11:34 AM
I have to totally agree with those of you that say when Stewart isn't winning he is a very sloppy rider. This is not the first time he has taken some one out because he gets that mind frame that he needs to live up to all that they seem to hold him up to. I agree he may be the fastest rider out there As for the best, not even close. He needs to work on anger, I think that is what makes him so sloppy. Chad may not have the speed but knows his limits and how to control the bike. I am totally amazed with Dungey. Go Ryan and I hope the officials don't put you down the way they have Reed. You know the comments" if Stewart wasn't hurt the outcome would be different". I have about had it with those comments. There is a reason Stewart is hurt all the time and it's no one else's fault but his own
the twitchler -Dr stewart and others  January 23, 2010 12:25 PM
In the JS, he even admitted hurting Kyle, but never apologized! I can see Chad pushing him off like that with a landed on hand. The fines and penalties should've been the other way around! (WWRD)What would Ricky Do? Politics! Little League was fun until the parents got involved! The man who has the power to penalize any rider should be slapped and be checked into reality! Nevertheless, don't give up on anyone in one race or even a year. It all comes down to each persons experience. This is why I prefer to ride rather than watching a soap opera on TV. Who knows, Kyle might be out for blood. ITS ON like DONKEY KONG. MAd respect for anyone who tries to keep the rubber side down! #592
T -want to see more  January 21, 2010 10:09 PM
I want to see supercross sooner than Saturday! I can't wait and love the crazyness.
joe fan -stewart and reed  January 21, 2010 08:15 PM
stewart has been running into reed for years. reed is finally had enough of king james. its the pot calling the kettle black
tommy p -wise up people  January 21, 2010 11:31 AM
people wise up! the stuff between reed and steward has been going on for decades in supercross/motocross.the sanctioning bodies will let it go on untill the riders try to take one another out on purpose,this is where they get most of their rating from.i'm not a fan of reed or steward and i think both are total asswholes but they are paid ALOT of money to do what they do and thats where the politics come in. for the first time in over ten years,this season is where i dont think this sport is going to be dominated by just one rider,vilapodo,dungey,and a host of others are going to make it "i can't wait till the next race" to see who wins.whatever our opinions are,wait till the next race,it will work itself out..
paulys -RACING  January 20, 2010 09:47 AM
It's called racing!! I can't believe what cry babies racing fans have become?! Franz, you hit the nail on the head. However, poor sportsmanship or not, I love it! This is good ol fashioned Motocross.
KTMVINNY -be objective...  January 20, 2010 09:39 AM
reed gets a bad rap lately, and deserves criticism for the way he ended last season. but anyone who actually races dirtbikes themselves and doesn't acknowledge the fact that stewart has made numerous poor choices passing and endangering/injuring other riders whenever he's not leading is just not being realistic about his career. I'm not a fan of either one particularly, but reed has always been the cleaner, safer rider. james IS the fastest, but reckless, and that doesn't seem to get better with experience unfortunately. Dungey is showing great skill and maturity for a kid...he's got a great career ahead of him if he can stay healthy.
Stephen St.Pierre -Racing is Racing But....  January 19, 2010 07:47 PM
Anyone who saw the last race of 2009 can figure out what CR is all about.
JS has shown nothing but class up until now, and lost his composure after the main in Phoenix. Can you blame him.
poppawheelie -Franz-Diehard  January 19, 2010 03:49 PM
Well put, Franz-Diehard. ~poppawheelie~
Pony -Reed  January 19, 2010 03:09 PM
Reed seems to realize he cant keep the pace anymore so the accidents and excuses flow like his tears,this is Reed's last season I predict.
Frank121 -Reed...Seriously  January 19, 2010 12:55 PM
Nathan -Hey Jen!  January 19, 2010 10:36 AM
Stewart is sick of Reed taking him out and trying to take hime out. Reed is dirty from top to bottom and has shown it over and over, Stewart had finally had enough of it and I don't blame hime one bit. Personally, I wish that someone would just kick the crap out of Reed and get it over with.
Jenn -Fan  January 19, 2010 08:48 AM
Stewart does not seem to know HOW to ride smart when he is not leading.
B.S. on knocking Reed's bike over after you took him down on the track. Someone have anger management issues or what!
Not a positive role model for future riders! Take a lesson from R.C. Stewart!
DR -STEWART  January 18, 2010 09:32 PM
Probably you're right sir... Having a clean record in the past doesn't mean sparing him over a very unprofessional deed (Pushing a $50,000+ bike over its stand & Cutting off a guy in Mid Air). I have been wanting my son to grow up like them someday, and too bad we hear Pros doing that stuff... And one thing, nobody is giving a damn thing about Kyle Partridge's condition.
Franz -Diehard  January 18, 2010 08:16 PM
Phoenix was simply racing,with a lot of pride and poor sportsmanship, which leaves us with icons that are not much too look up too. The first crash was poor racing on Stewarts part and entirely all his fault in my view...it could very well have ended the other riders career if not life. Oh! But of course we dont know the outcome of the other rider, seems his condition isnt important enough to warrant air time. Reed did not cause Stewart to go down, or did he? As far as I view it this is what took place. Stewart went high and got jammed by other riders. Reed was right where he needed to be; pushing Stewart till he found an opening. Thus the opening was there and, Stewart had no where else to go (called; closing the door). But there was a route out of it, to go even higher and stay on the outside. Ofcourse that would have meant Reed would have passed Stewart, and of course Stewart could not have that and thus tried to make a door where one wasnt.....causing both riders to go down. Its called pride my friends. An on top attitude that says I am the best and can do no wrong...and in the process I am going to atleast stay in front of Reed if I dont stay in front of anyone else. Stewart was setting the boys up in front of him on the high side, they closed the door somewhat but not completely..Stewart, knowing Reed was going to capitalize, tried to keep that from happening but it was too late. Stewart should have recognized this and opted to stay high where there was plenty of dirt and self preserve till later. We all know why he didnt. Reed did the same thing I have done, you have done, and anyone else out there that races has done. The sooner you get whats on top of you off of you the sooner you can get back on your bike and ride. If Reed hadnt had broken his hand he probably would have thrown him over the berm. I dont think Reed gave it a thought as far as what was on him (a rider or bike), its instinct...and thats simply racing.
I got one thing to say about the pit escapade and all that that introduces; poor sportsmanship. Say some cat tools over to your ride thats worth more than your entire estate, wigs out and trashes it..be lucky if he was able to walk his way out of there afterwards. So disciplinary action was based on "he has a past clean record", thats an interesting concept. Hmm, the man who shot his wife to death here in my hometown has a clean past record, maybe they will let him go too.
RD -RACING INCIDENT  January 18, 2010 04:56 PM
I agree with you Andy... The thing that happened is what we call racing. Both are champions in their own way, and we can not disregard that fact. It is a lack of judgement on Stewart's side trying to cut back immediately after seeing Reed trying to make a pass. Another thing, Stewart should have been reprimanded over the incident (Cutting a rider off in mid air) with the Kawasaki Privateer. I think he is trying to make the same move on what he did in the US Open, where he sneaked out below a rider making a jump. As years went by, I guess he became a little bit reckless on the track... I haven't seen the GOAT doing such a very reckless maneuver.. No offense to JS Fans....
Don -Reed/Bubba Incident  January 18, 2010 03:33 PM
Racing Incident, end of story. Can not wait for next week.
Andy -WOW!  January 18, 2010 03:26 PM
As an objective person I call it racing. It is funny how a fan will only see what they want to see and no matter how many times they see a video they only interpret it to suit their wants.
FACT 1: In an effort to change lines over the triple Stewart drifted into the path of another rider----taking that rider out with him.
FACT 2: Stewart went high into a turn and cut back hard to protect his line but Reed was already there. Stewart hit the SIDE of Reed's bike and the two fell.

You can not dispute facts. Watch the race, open your eyes and stop being stupid
Chris -Reply to Rob  January 18, 2010 02:40 PM
Rob, they were RACING. Stewart needed to get to the front. Anybody in his position would. You absolutely have to stay aggressive. Watch the race reply. Stewart was in front, albeit by just a little bit, however he was in front nonetheless. He was looking forward and since he had scrubbed so much height over the jump where the accident had taken place he most likely couldn't see the other rider and thought he was clear. Look at how careful Stewart was in the Main. He didn't take huge chances and he even checked up in the corner where he came together with Reed to avoid hitting another rider. I call it great aggressive riding by Stewart with some back luck thrown into the mix. Too bad as I would have liked to see him, Dungey and Villopoto mix it up a bit. Just for the record I also disagree with the author's comments on Stewart turning down too tightly. He was trying to square off the corner and set himself up for a pass. In the end I think it was just an unfortunate racing incident with Reed acting like a baby and Stewart letting his temper get the best of him. Believe it or not, I actually kind of glad to see Stewart stand up and fight back a bit. Not that I condone what he did, it's just that he has taken the higher road for a few years now. It's about time that Reed be put in his place.
Shaker -Reed  January 18, 2010 02:37 PM
Reed is the wrong one
bikerrandy -JS is a loose cannon - Rob  January 18, 2010 02:25 PM
I agree. Notice how almost every time JS crashes he takes out someone else from behind ? He acts as if he's the only bike out there with total disregard for anyone else. Far as I'm concerned JS is the 1 who should be fined and warned of too reckless riding.
Rob -Rebel  January 18, 2010 02:15 PM
I had to admit, I don't really like either one of them that much. I could have missed something but it seemed like Stewart has been a bit of a loose cannon when he is in traffic. That's all I meant. I was nervous for Stewart when I saw Reed fall in behind him. It's no secret that Reed hates Stewart and isn't above being cheap with him. Reed just keeps his cheap tricks to Stewart and Stewart seems to cheap everybody.
Alex -Reed vs Stewart, Steward vs Reed  January 18, 2010 01:19 PM
Too much bickering from the fans. It doesn't matter who's knocking who off their bike, the important thing is the added hype that this kind of thing brings. Controversy increases fan interest. If Stewart was as dominant as he has the ability to be it would be a very boring season.
Denny Laporte -ex racer  January 18, 2010 01:07 PM
Mike -Not right!  January 18, 2010 12:46 PM
It is unfortunate that a rider wins his first SX main and all people can talk about is the back-markers JS and CR. It really made me mad that Speed, with 5 laps left in the race, had to replay JS's wrecks instead of showing us the race.
Honda Rebel12 -Irritated fan  January 18, 2010 12:17 PM
Rob, It seems as you must be someone that has your eyes closed during the film. You also must want to be on Reed's Posse. Even the announcers said that they both had to check up and there was not much that either of them could have done. Bubba was on a hill and gravity pulls you downward.

However, I do agree that they need to report on the other rider in the first crash that Bubba did cause. Not really sure what he was doing or thinking in that crash but he has checked on the other rider. He did so immediately the reporters need to do a better job.

Answer me this as well. If Reed is all that and a bag of chips why did Reed follow an injured Bubba around the track for 5 laps. He even had faster times. Sounds to me like Reed was setting Bubba up and he got a taste of the snake that he set out to bite Bubba.
Honda Rebel12 -Fan  January 18, 2010 12:09 PM
I am absolutely disgusted with this article. I am also disgusted with the Supercross stewards. Open your eyes. Watch the replay. I have over and over and Bubba checked up due the the traffice in front of him in the corner. Reed turned his wheel into him. Reed blatantly pushed Bubba off him. It was not a pain reaction. He even looked at where he wanted to push him from. Open your eyes people. Watch the replay and you will have to see.

As for Bubba's actions in the pit. He shouldn't have pushed the bike over and maybe he should get some penalty. However, he has to be tired of Reed's posse always bailing him out of trouble.
Rob -James Stewart is a bit of a loose cannon  January 18, 2010 12:07 PM
I would like to see him ride a little safer when he is with the pack. I don't understand why no one has reported on the guy he cut off in mid air that came down on his back. Is he ok? No one has said. and after that, he cuts off Reed in the main and breaks his hand. Seems like a lot of carnage that's James Stewart's fault there. And last year, after he and Reed got tangled up in much the same reckless riding, he tried to re-enter the track sideways without looking and took out another guy just trying to get by him. Seems like James Steward is only looking after James Stewart and could really care less about anyone around him.
MR D -Reed  January 18, 2010 11:42 AM
this is not the first time ( Reed ) has done this kind of thing . the
first race of 2009 and the last race of 2009 . nothing has happen to that fellow nothing and people can see what going on .