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Be that as it may, when is such aggressive racing warranted? Is it ever warranted? I think it is. Instances like the ones that occurred Saturday night are what help make a motorsport great. Rivalries spawn over aggressive racing, which typically spawn crashes and ensuing personal confrontation. It’s ugly, it is unprofessional, but it is all part of the game. In this instance I believe the St. Louis crowd stood witness to a simple case of frustration from Reed. When James made his move in that right-hander he jumped to the inside of Chad pretty aggressively. But he still left Chad about a foot of distance. Perhaps Reed was put off about such an aggressive move so early in the race, or maybe it was a culmination of several other similar instances, but it clearly rattled him. The move Chad countered with was not just a pass attempt; he didn’t follow the usual racing line around the corner. Instead, he darted inside and sped to the apex of the turn, right where James’s wheels would be when his met in the same spot. The bottom line is, the contact was too significant and both riders lost their chance to win the race. But that’s supercross, whether you agree or not.
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