Interviews with James Stewart, Jake Weimer, and Ryan Dungey at San Francisco Supercross
Amanda talked to 450 Supercross Main Event winner James Stewart moments after his win Saturday night at AT&T Park. She also talked to 250 West Supercross winner Jake Weimer, and 250 West points leader Ryan Dungey!
James Stewart winning the 450 Supercross Main Event in San Francisco Saturday night
Amanda: James Stewart, how are you?
James: Oh, … I’m good. I’m good. Another win here in San Fran. The weather was good. The race was good. All in all, it was a great weekend.
Amanda: Not only was it another win, it was your fourth win in a row!
James: Well, I think the last couple of weekends I felt like I really earned those wins, so that does a lot for my confidence. I’m riding really good right now, … well, riding better. We still have a long ways to go, but we are still winning races, and feeling good about it.
Amanda: You do have a long ways to go, and a lot of hard work to put in, but I know your fans are so happy to see you out here, riding like the “James” they are used to …
James: I really appreciate it. My fans always stick behind me. And after the first race at A1 it was really rough, I never thought I would finish 19th. The past couple weeks though, we have been reeling off some wins. And we have been able to close the points lead down a little bit. Still have a long ways to go, but I think I’m going to be able to get it done!
Amanda: You closed the points lead a little bit, your right, but you still don’t look too happy. Something about you looks happy, but unsure ….
James: I’m going to party in Las Vegas if I get that #1 plate for sure! But right now if I look unsure it’s because I don’t have that points lead yet. If I would have just won that first race and not gotten 19th place, it would be a different story. So, Yamaha and I know we have a lot of work to do, but I, along with my team, have been improving and its showing.
Amanda: Well, don’t let that first race in Anaheim weigh on you too bad James, you are doing a great job!
James: (Laughing) I didn’t have to fight Erin Bates, so I’m doing pretty good. (Laughs more) But it was a tough race, … I did my best at that race and unfortunately things happen. I am doing my best, and I am bouncing back pretty well so far!
Amanda: So far so good! Congratulations James!
James: Thank you!
Jake Weimer leads Ryan Dungey in 250 West Supercross Main Event
Amanda: Congrats Jake Weimer! Second win this season!
Jake: Should have been the third win! (Laughs) But It was a great night to come out on top. Especially because I didn’t feel too good all day. But I’m really happy with the way I rode. So, … great night!!
Amanda: Any worries of you going down on the ground when Ryan (Dungey) made his move on you in that tight left handed corner?
Jake: It’s always a concern, but I just took my time. When he came in, I thought for sure he had the pass made. But then I saw him sliding, so I made the decision to stay up high on the berm, and he went down. So, I then took my time to get around him and not get clipped in. Just took my time and rode smart!
Amanda: What was going through your head on that last lap of the race?
Jake: It was good, … I had a little bit of a lead after Ryan went down. And it’s always nice not to have to push on the last lap. You instead get to soak it all up and enjoy the last lap around the track. So it was really nice.
We had a weekend off before SF, and the past couple weeks I have been working extra hard, so it’s great to put in the time and get rewarded for it!
Amanda: Now we go to Anaheim 3. Think you make it three for four here in California?
Jake: Hopefully! That would be really nice. I feel good, my confidence is high and Anaheim is good because the dirt seems to be a little better, and I seem to ride it a little better there, so I am excited and ready to go!
Ryan Dungey – 250 West Supercross Points leader
Amanda: Ryan Dungey, you had a great day all day, tell me about the main event though.
Ryan: It was good. I felt like I rode a good race. I caught Weimer and was able to put pressure on him. I kind of just sat there and waited to find an opening. I saw a chance and I took it, … maybe it was too early, … maybe it was the right time, … but I ended up getting the worst end of it.
A lot of people thought I was bummed but about the fall, but I actually wasn’t. I felt like it was a great race, and to be able to be out here in San Francisco racing this weekend makes me happy. It’s great to be able to put on a good show for the fans!
Amanda: Well, the white flag came out, you went in for that pass … you were almost there!
Ryan: Yeah, I had him, …. you know all day I had almost everyone covered, but before the night program, the track builders smoothed the track out and it made it so we were all really close. It also made it hard for passing.
Amanda: You had the second fastest lap time today out of every one but James Stewart. That has to boost up your confidence!
Ryan: Oh yeah, it helps to know that for sure! But hey, you can’t always just get the hole shot and run away with it! But we know where we stand and we are going to keep our heads up high, and take that into the next round!
Amanda: See you next weekend Ryan! Thank you!
Ryan: Thanks Amanda!