Sunday, July 15, 2007

James Stewart Sidelined

Unadilla is one of the oldest motocross tracks in America, and this weekend was the 6th round of the AMA nationals. This also marked the first time in 10 straight years that the one they call G.O.A.T. Ricky Carmichael will not be racing. This would turn the points lead, and overall control of the series to Bubba Stewart, right? Well it would have if James were racing today. But due to a practice crash in the second lap, he is going to be watching from the sidelines this weekend. Racer X reported that James left with back and neck pain, and a possible concussion. That is really too bad considering the only thing keeping James from already having an outdoor championship in the premier class has been RC. And now that Ricky is gone everybody thought it was inevitable that Stewart would get his first national championship. That dream is still very possible for Stewart, as long as he only misses this weekend. But with a possible concussion, that may not be likely.
So what does this do for the MX class? Well it completely changes it, like redefining physics type stuff, because for the first time in 10 years, I really have no idea who could win this weekend. This will show us just how competitive the 450 class would be if it weren’t for the numbers 4 and 7. Ivan Tedesco was very fast in practice, until Grant Langston stepped in and set the fastest lap. Also fast was: Mike Alessi, Tim Ferry, Andrew Short, and Kevin Windham. This should be a very exciting race in both classes. The 450 class is anyone’s race to win, and with Hepler returning in the 250 class, there should be some bar to bar racing there as well. The AMA nationals never disappoint do they?

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