Anaheim I Press Day Part Two

January 3, 2009 4:23am | by:
  • Davi Millsaps shows off an exclusive Red Bull hat at the Anaheim I Press Conference.
  • Team USA from 2008 officially receives their medals - James Stewart (left), Timmy Ferry (middle) and Ryan Villopoto (right).
  • Ryan Villopoto was all smiles all day at Anaheim on Friday.
  • Kevin Windham is looking forward to getting back to racing.
  • James Stewart says he's ready and is mainly worried about himself.
  • Chad Reed gets his 2008 championship ring and hopes to defend a title for the first time in his American career.
  • Stewart stands by a replica of the bike he would take to the track a few minutes later.
  • Stewart's teammate Kyle Chisholm is looking forward to his official 450cc AMA Supercross debut.
  • Jim Holley (right) ruins another picture - this one of Ben Townley (left) who hopes to be back racing by the end of February.
  • Jake Weimer makes his Pro Circuit debut Saturday night.
  • Ricky Carmichael (right) shoots the breeze with Ellie Reed (left) and some of his other friends.
  • Ryan Villopoto's KX450F.
Press Day started out with the typical press conference, where the notable contenders are interviewed by the press at large before the press is sicked on everyone else in the room.

  • Pro Circuit's Ryan Morais.
  • Ryan Dungey hopes to repeat at Anaheim I.
  • Muscle Milk/MDK KTM's Ryan Sipes.
  • GEICO Powersports Honda's Trey Canard.
  • JGR Yamaha's Josh Grant.
  • Hart & Huntington Honda's Josh Hansen.
  • San Manuel Yamaha's James Stewart.
  • Honda Red Bull Racing's Andrew Short.
  • Yamaha's Broc Hepler.
  • Jagermeister/MDK KTM's Josh Summey.
  • Grant.
  • San Manuel Yamaha's Kyle Chisholm.
  • Honda Red Bull Racing's Ivan Tedesco.
  • Monster Energy Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto.
  • Hansen.
  • Nick Wey
  • JGR Yamaha's Cody Cooper.
  • Honda Red Bull Racing's Davi Millsaps.
  • Defending AMA Supercross champ Chad Reed.

After the initial interviews, the riders - both Lites and 450 - took to the track and put in some laps. One casualty was Star Racing's Brock Tickle, who cased one of the track's two triples severely enough that it looked as if he broke his jaw on impact. Stay tuned for more on his status later on.

  • Keith McCarty tells the media about Yamaha's new and carry-over sponsors.
  • Bob Hannah (right) and Keith McCarty (left) have a reunion.
  • Jagermeister KTM's Kenny Bartram practices for intermission.
  • Ryan Villopoto (left) checks out one of the Roland Sands machines in the Parts Unlimited area.
  • Paul Carpenter (right) talks to Rob Buydos in the Parts Unlimited area.
  • Nico Izzi (right) says he's ready for the Lites East.
  • Bobby Kiniry is making his 450cc debut at Anaheim I.
  • Christophe Pourcel says he has lost 15 KG (33 pounds) since he last raced in the USA.

Then, following the riding sessions, Yamaha announced their new sponsors, including Tag Metals (handlebars, etc.), Factory Effex (graphics), Axio (bags), Mechanix Wear (mechanics' gloves), G2 Ergonomics (throttle cams), and Lightspeed (carbon-fiber guards), to add to their list of carry-over sponsors, including GYT-R, Yamalube, Akrapovic (exhausts), Vortex, Bridgestone, DID, Cycra, Braking ad VP Fuels.

Following the Yamaha intro was the Thor intro, where Thor and Moose-sponsored riders all sat down with Rob Buydos and fielded questions from the audience.