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Anaheim 1 is in the Books

January 5th, 2009

Wow. Supercross racing is deliciously unpredictable again.

Stewart and Reed got out front early in the big  boy class, as expected. Reed kept pace with Stewart for a few laps, then put an honest, straight-up pass on the wunderkind, Stewart. That just doesn’t happen. But there was Reed actually pulling away for a bit. Stewart rallied and re-passed Reed for the lead. Then with Reed literally on his back wheel, Stewart let up ever so slightly entering a set of whoops. Reed was too close and too pinned wide open to do anything except take Stewart and himself out, handing the lead to perennial bridesmaid but ultra-talented, Josh Grant.

I’ve seen Josh race his guts out in the lead for the majority of laps in more than a few races only to be overtaken at the last moment by his nemesis, Ryan Villopoto. So it was especially sweet to see Grant put this one away, with the celebrated RV Park battling back in fifth place this time.

Even a banner in his back wheel could not derail Grant this time. Nice job.

Grant clipped a tuff block with two laps to go and vinyl banner got sucked into his wheel, disabling his back brake. Photo: Steve Cox

Grant clipped a tuff block with two laps to go and a vinyl banner got sucked into his wheel, disabling his back brake. Photo: Steve Cox

I was interested to see how Mike Alessi would do in his first race back since his gruesome crash in the summer series. Turns out he’s still getting up to race speed. But he kept it on two wheels and made the top 10.
As for the Lites class, as predicted Jason Lawrence went out hard and got way too much throttle coming out of a turn, causing him to wheelie into several riders. This took him and Trey Canard out, among others. Later JLaw cut the track and was penalized one position by the officials, ending in fifth place overall. Dungey got a bad start but rode to third place. The surprise was our boy from Rupert, Idaho. Jake Weimer earned the overall win in very convincing style. Great for him as the unofficial ambassador for all the MXers in the great state of Idaho.
Weimer showed some serious game last night. He is for real. Photo: Steve Cox

Weimer showed some serious game last night. He is for real. Photo: Steve Cox

This SX season is offering a lot to look forward to while everything is blanketed in snow here. Next stop in the series is Phoenix.

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  • Rick S

    Hey GB,

    I found you. Looking forward to your posts.

  • sugarpotpie

    Rick,
    I’ve been in stealth mode so far. Thanks for finding this and dropping me a comment. Peace.

  • River Rat 100

    WOW, I hope when you go to these things you wear cutoffs and a wife beater and have one of those helmets that hold 2 beers with the straws that come right down to your lips.

    Actually, I’ve been looking at buying a motorcycle for a while. My neighbors go every weekend and rave about it. AND, I am about as white trash as they come.