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A1 – The 1st Supercross Main of 2009

Published February 23rd, 2009

Here’s a few highlights from the 1st Supercross Main Event of the year; the Holeshot, it was James Stewart, he was able to make that sharp left turn ahead of the pack coming into the 1st turn. The guys came into the 1st turn with a lot of speed, then they had to break hard into a sweeping left hand and gas it all the way into turn 2. The momentum of all the riders close together was about to create drama.

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It was that 2nd turn and first 15 seconds where the action got crazy and #141 Steve Boniface who was once up front was now on the ground, but why?

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The riders cautiously darted around the fallen rider; Kevin Windham was the 1st guy to encounter Steve on the ground but Kevin quickly dodged the situation.  

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Mike Alessi was unfortunately forced to make a u-turn off the track pushing him to almost last place.

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Looking back at the photos of the situation all I can say is, accidents happen, hey sometimes chain reactions happen, either way,  Steve made his way back into the race and finished up 17th.

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I did talk with #141 Steve Boniface in Phoenix, that interview is coming soon!

After all the chaos passed the battles up front was well underway and the back and forth battle between James and Chad had everyone on their feet.

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The racing was incredible!

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Both James Stewart and Chad Reed made good passes on each other

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but it was just a few laps in when both riders were down in the dirt.

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The stadium was filled with shocked fans as the two top riders struggle to get back on their feet;

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and I watched in amazement as it seemed that James Stewart was pushing his stalled bike right into the racing zone and unfortunately Kevin Windham would not be able to avoid this altercation as he smack directly into James.

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This sent Kevin flying through the air and then he cart wheeled into some tuff blocks, thankfully K-dub got back on the bike and finished out the night, just not where he intended too. 

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With the top 3 riders scrambling to get their bikes moving again, this was the door of opportunity for the rest of the pack and all eyes were on #33 Josh Grant who was currently in the 1st place position with 14 laps to the Checkered Flag. 

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 #29 Andrew Short, #15 Tim Ferry, and #9 Ivan Tedesco were all there to make their move to the front but the Supercross Rookie, Josh Grant was on fire and not looking back.

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Chad Reed was also back in the mix making his move to the front with incredible lap times which ultimately landed him on top of the podium in 3rd place.

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It was those last few laps when things got even more interesting and tense. Josh Grant had only a few laps to go when a tuff block found its way into his back tire. 

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It was then when the stadium fans really got loud but for some reason that didn’t even seem to faze Josh, he kept going full speed, not once realizing that his back tire was becoming twisted with debris and trailing a huge pile of burning brakes. 

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I was completely amazed by Josh’s riding in this condition and if you remember the Seattle Supercross last year, you know that Kevin Windham experienced this same exact situation but he actually stopped in the middle of the race and was able to pull the cover out of his tire and continued to race!

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So, I immediately thought of that situations but the funny part about this story is that it didn’t seem to affect Josh Grant one bit! He rode with no doubt and no hesitation, not looking down once to see what was unfolding right underneath him. This was an extremely dangerous situation and could cause the normal person to crash, but Josh kept his bike up and going for those last few laps to his first victory of the year.

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It was amazing to watch Josh Grant wins his first Supercross Main Event and one of his first congratulations came from Kevin Windham who probably has some funny stories to share with Josh now.

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Stay tuned for my Interview with #33 Josh Grant about his 1st win and what he expects from the remaining races ahead~


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