Kawasaki/Racer X Race Report: PhoenixSunday, January 14, 2007 | 12:26 AM
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For once, the races aren’t even being decided by who is fastest. The two are so evenly matched that small details, like line selection and bike setup, are now determining who wins the races. Because such minute details can decide the outcome, the races are completely unpredictable, just like it is in other forms of motorsport where the competitors have such parity that a small difference in setup makes all the difference. You know what we’re talking about here, and you know that formula works. And, this race will air on CBS tomorrow. It’s all good for the sport.
James Stewart won it straight up over Carmichael in Phoenix.
Actually, the main event took 23 laps. After Nick Wey pulled the Progressive Direct Holeshot award, Stewart soon jumped into the lead and started pulling away while
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“I feel like things don’t bother me anymore running up front like that,” said Stewart. “I just feel so strong, the lappers, all of that stuff doesn’t rattle me.”
The Phoenix show was big, and it'll air on CBS tomorrow.
It’s amazing to see things that are so small making such a big difference. But there’s one caveat, one asterisk, one elephant in the room. Carmichael is heading toward retirement, and he won’t be racing in
Chad Reed dug deep again and finished third. He was struggling in practice and his heat and was also way back on the first main event start. But he got his start down in the second start, and withstood an early challenge from Kevin Windham and a late challenge from Travis Preston to finish third again. Reed was only able to ride for a few laps on Wednesday as he continues to recover from injuries suffered only two weeks ago.
Preston rode incredibly well again for fourth, passing
Christophe Pourcel's supercross is coming along even faster than his English.
His Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki teammate Ryan Villopoto was leading his heat race but crashed, and he barely made the main with a ninth-place finish. This gave him a bad gate pick in the main, and he was nearly pushed off the track off the start. He methodically picked his way through the pack to get to second, but he was over 10 seconds behind Pourcel by the time he got there. Third went to Chris Gosselaar, which means the Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team swept the podium. Amazing.
The whole night was a good one, and the TV show on CBS tomorrow shouldn’t disappoint. Supercross has a winning formula right now, and we can only hope it keeps up even with the GOAT finally sitting on the sidelines.
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