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January 4th, 2009, 09:36 PM   #1
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Damn, wasn't expecting that! I must admit, I thought Bubba Steward had the season wrapped up on Friday, then this shit. I did NOT expect a pass from Chad Reed, ever on Bubba. I was quite amazed when it happed, but then I thought, could James just be toying with the Aussie? Well it looked like he was, when Bubba passed Reed back up at will. Then, for a moment, I thought, could this be another 1986 battle in Anaheim? Ah, then to my horror, Reed clips the back tire of Bubba and down they go, taking my hopes and months of anticipation! FUCK! FUCK! WTF!


Congrats to, uhm, what his name again? Oh yeah, JOSH GRANT. He deserved the win! It was nice to see a guy come to tears after winning an improbable race against two guys at the top of their game (Stewart/Reed). But I must add, it wasn't that improbable if you saw Grant's performance in the heat races. Grant impressed me by matching Bubba lap for lap. If you paid attention, you will know that Grant also clocked the fasted lap in practice.

So again, Congrats to Josh Grant.

The Lites Class was no less of the drama. WTF, I had a feeling something crazy was gonna happen. The heat races predicted something crazy when Dungy in Lites and Reed in SX both had problems in the heats. I thought, that track looks fast.


Congrats to Jake Weimer, round one, Lites West winner.

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Josh Grant? Jake Weimer? Admittedly, it's been quite some time since I paid close attention to MX but who are these kids? I just got used to Alessi, Villopoto, Millsaps and Townley being the young guys.
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I've got some catching up to do on MX/SX as well. Last time I was watching it was short, Milsaps, et al. in lites.

I can't say I like Jason Lawrence. Going by what I've seen and read, he strikes me as one of those MTV Jackass skateboarder types. Hopefully a rider with more class takes the title.
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Mr. Shupe @ Jan 5 2009, 11:45 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>I can't say I like Jason Lawrence.
Haha, that reminded me of a quote from Full Metal Jacket.

Drill Instructor: "I don't like the name Lawrence, only faggots and sailors are called Lawrence."

Yeah, I'm not sure if this kid Lawrence is the same one, but one of these kids gave a very arrogant post race interview last year on the podium. I can't remember who specifically, but it might have been Lawrence. (It was after a scuffle during the race and he said something unsportsman like.)
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Jumkie @ Jan 5 2009, 04:31 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>Haha, that reminded me of a quote from Full Metal Jacket.

Drill Instructor: "I don't like the name Lawrence, only faggots and sailors are called Lawrence."

Yeah, I'm not sure if this kid Lawrence is the same one, but one of these kids gave a very arrogant post race interview last year on the podium. I can't remember who specifically, but it might have been Lawrence. (It was after a scuffle during the race and he said something unsportsman like.)

This is definitely the same Lawrence, as he talked trash after winning a heat race. He went on to crash in the first lap and cut the course late in the race.

By the way, wasn't that Lance?
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could have been an epic race if not for the crash
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ROUND 2 Phoenix, Arizona.

Congrats to James Steward.

But I think the story is, am I the only one surprised to see Reed actually looking like he has some speed? I'm not sure what is the explanation for this, either James slowing down and still recovering from injury or Reed's super training to show that his titles are not only fluke gifted on the heals of injured champs. Last week I was surprised to see him match a few laps with James, and then again this week. I admit, I was expecting Bubba to completely run away with it. It looks like we will have a race for the points, but will we have an actual battle for a race? I think at some point we will. Reed got a fair start but still had to catch Bubba. If we get a race where Reed gets a good start and James is doing the catching up, then we may very well see an epic battle to the finish.


Other notables:

~Josh Grant is the real deal. Great start and well done to podium.

~4 brands in top 4 finishers, looks like we have some parity (though brand is much less a factor in SX than in other motorcycle disciplines. All one needs to know about manufacture brands is to look at the switches from the top riders in the last decade: McGrath, Carmichael, Steward, Reed. After the change there was no effect on which the top guy was at the time).

~Villopoto and Alessi should just take off their helmets after the race and box already.

~9th place lapped of 20, is this a weakness of the sport or just shows how good Bubba & Reed are over everybody else?

~West Lites (250) Dungey's title to lose.


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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Jumkie @ Jan 5 2009, 05:31 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>I'm not sure if this kid Lawrence is the same one, but one of these kids gave a very arrogant post race interview last year on the podium. I can't remember who specifically, but it might have been Lawrence.
it's the same lawrence... the kid is a punk plain & simple.
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i was as surprised as you jumkie to see reed keep up & at times get close enough to pass bubba. i hope this is what the rest of the season looks like! i wish some of the others would pick it up a bit so we could have more than just a 2 horse race every weekend. i don't expect alot from villipoto in his rookie season but guys like milsaps, alessi, windham & tedesco need to pick it up considerably. grant is looking promising but he was pretty far behind bubba & reed at the finish. the sx lites west is gonna be a barn burner! the east?
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I havn't watched the Lites yet and I didn't plan to but from what you guys are saying I probabaly should.
Sir Lawrence the crooked mouth retard is a complete A-Hole with enough talent that you have to pay attention to him. Him and Villopoto dropped bikes in the middle of the track last year and had a lame little catfight. He's an instigator that likes to run his mouth too much.
It's going to be fun to watch Stewart try to catch Reed this year.
I think he tanked Anahiem so he would have some motivation for the rest of the year.
He's way back in the points and if Reed is going to finish consistently 2nd than he may have a problem trying to catch him. Last night he was slower than Reed but still pulled off the win so that's got to be a bit deflating to Reed.
It's goddamn weird seeing James on a blue bike and Reed on a yellow.
Villopoto didn't look too comfortable on that bike and yet he's still faster than most of the guys out there so I see that as a positive sign in his progression.
Villo always used to run the outside line on the 250 and gets gobs of corner speed and just blow by everybody. I wonder if he's going to ride the same way or use the immense torque of the 450 to compensate instead. So far it's been hard to tell. He's been so fun to watch on the 250 I hope he retains the same style.
Alessi get your slow ass out of the way. He drops Villo and still gets passed by him 2 laps later.
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