Greetings from Anaheim California from the very first Supercross of 2010!
I’m going to give you a taste of what’s happening here with as many quotes from as many people as I can. Sooooo … here goes!
Before the race …
James Stewart Supercross Champion: James said “I feel really good. I’m ready for tonight. My bike felt a bit stiff in practice. We are going to make some changes and I’ll come out firing in my heat.”
Chad Reed: Chad said “This is my second year in row on a brand new motorcycle. Last year didn’t go 100% as planned. I’m really looking forward to a better outcome tonight!”
Tommy Searle: “I’ve been looking forward to tonight for quite some time. This is my first AMA Supercross. I’m really excited for this race!”
Davi Millsaps: “I’m really looking forward to tonight. I’ve been training a ton. I’ve been testing a lot in this off-season, and everything finally feels great.”
Jason Lawrence: “I almost feel like I shouldn’t even be racing tonight. As many of you might know, I’ve been in jail. I just got out, it was a tremendous learning experience, and I’ve only been on the bike five times. Tonight will be my sixth time riding. The good news is my bike is running perfectly, and I couldn’t ask for a better bike and team – my bike feels awesome! Thanks everyone for your support!”
Josh Grant: “Up until today, and even right now, I’m not 100% sure I’ll be able to race at full speed … but I’m going to give it my all. My shoulder has been actually bothering me more than my head. I’ve got a great team of support people around me with medical help as well. I’m going to give it my all. A result like last year’s A1 would be great!”
Ryan Dungey: “Finished practice right behind James Stewart as far as my lap times. I’m super pumped! I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long, long time … and it’s here.”
Jeremy McGrath: “I’m here again this year as a fan. I’ve been a fan for a while. I just want to see some good racing tonight!”
Gautier Paulin – normally MX Grand Prix Motocross rider, racing his first USA Supercross: “My dream has been to race supercross in the United States. Everyone here has been so nice. I love every second. I like this track a lot, and I can’t wait for tonight’s action.”
After the race …
Ryan Dungey: “I couldn’t be happier the way tonight ended up. I honestly feel like I belong here in the premiere 450 Supercross class. I think I know now what it takes to win on the 450 Rockstar Makita Suzuki. I hope that James and I put on a good show for the fans here in Anaheim, and I can’t wait for next weekend to get racing again in Phoenix!”
Anahiem 1 Supercross winner James Stewart: “I told myself before this race, and had it set in my mind, that as long as I walked away anywhere in the top five here tonight, I’d be happy. And way better off than last year, huh? : ) Taking the win here was definitely a plus and I felt really good out there on the track. I feel bad for Chad – I wish I was able to race with him too tonight. I was in the same boat last year as he is now this year. But it is a long season, and I can’t wait to see how it all unfolds. I’m really happy to be back doing what I love – racing supercross. Great job to Ryan (Dungey) too. He rode very well.”