Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Supercross Houston

I'm not too ashamed to admit that as a Supercross spectator I like James Stewart. It's hard to argue that when he's not riding "beyond the edge" he's typically the fastest guy on the track. Often it's because he has some amazing line somewhere or is clearing some gap no one else can. After watching round 6 from Houston I couldn't help thinking that if I actually raced against the guy there's a pretty good chance I'd hate him.

At least 4 or 5 times now I recall him taking someone out in very similar fashion as the collision with Jason Thomas in round 6. Rumor has it the crash resulted in a knee injury for Thomas. Stewart is either really reckless or totally clueless about the racers around him. If he's not jumping directly on top of someone (which like I said, has happened many many times now) he's re-entering the track in some oblivious fashion that results in a really lame crash like one where he walked blindly into Kevin Windham after colliding with Chad Reed at Anaheim I (2009). Lots of these incidences result in serious injuries for the victim racers. Remember when Stewart landed on Ivan Tedesco in practice at Toronto back in 2006? It resulted in a season ending broken wrist for Tedesco. Ever notice Tedesco now tries to t-bone Stewart almost every chance he gets? I suspect there's a reason.

So, is Stewart a squirrel? I'm certainly starting to think so.

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