450 Words: Anaheim 1Monday, January 8, 2007 | 11:21 AM
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The bad thing was, many who were positioning themselves to do it didn’t even make it through Anaheim in one piece. Ivan Tedesco was only deemed able to ride two days before the race. Honda lost Davi Millsaps, and Andrew Short didn’t compete due to injuries. Grant Langston crashed out of his return to the 450 class and ended up bruised and 20th. Kevin Windham rode in a funk all night. And most importantly, Chad Reed, the rider with the best odds of toppling Stewart, wracked himself up good at the Yamaha track a few days before the race.
And he’s still really, really fast. There was simply no touching James in practice or in his heat race. In the main, RC summoned up all of his will and experience, but even he admitted that he was riding over the edge to try and match Stewart’s speed, and he could not do it for 20 laps. Pushing hard, Ricky’s crash just past the halfway point in the main seemed more inevitable than it was unfortunate. “The bottom line is James is better than me,” said a gracious Carmichael, who goes out 0-for-8 on career AMA Supercross openers.
And a tip of the visor to Reed, who once again proved himself a gamer by taking the Progressive Direct Holeshot and riding hard despite the extreme pain. It was an amazing ride, but, even Chad will admit this isn’t the best way to start the chase to beat Bubba.
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