RJ SAYS: Supercross, Nationals, Truck Series
The 2009 AMA/FIM Supercross Series is over. 17 events. James Stewart wins the championship.
I noticed, in many places, including our own articles and message boards, that people have been hatin’ on one guy or another way more than I’ve ever seen in the past. That’s BS. First, both James Stewart and Chad Reed should be commended. It’s incredibly difficult to win a supercross race, let alone a championship. I remember at the beginning of the season the ad promos ‘The Supercross Championship will all come down to the finale in Vegas!’. Well, it did! As a fan, you can’t ask for more than that. James and Chad made it entertaining all season long. There were ups, downs, controversy, words, passion, and more. Those two lifted the sport more than anyone else this season. They were THE guys.
Are people writing the negative comments because they can hide behind a computer? Would they have the balls to say anything like they write to anyone’s face directly? (I don’t think so!)
So, they both should be commended. Two tough dudes. With a lot of pressure on their shoulders. Of course they want to win all on their own, but they also want to win for their team, all the team members, the factory, their families, their friends, their sponsors, their fans. It’s more than you might imagine to deal with, no matter what your personality type, or how you handle pressure. It’s real. It’s there. it’s tangible.
James is the champion. He was the best guy over 17 races. That’s a fact. We should be lucky enough that a similar series can happen next season. Maybe it will be those same two guys! Maybe Ryan Villopoto will be in the mix more now with a season and two wins under his belt. And I’m guess a lot of familiar names won’t be on the starting lines for supercross. But all that’s to come in 2010.
One of the things that impressed me most about the series – the attendance. When almost every facet of business and life in our country and the world has been affected financially, series attendance was nice! Great crowds!
And now, we move onto the Nationals. Traditional outdoor motocross. Where the sport got started. I keep hearing, seeing, and talking to people, all with the same thought “Who’s going to race the Nationals?” I don’t know. We don’t do rumors here at Supercross.com. We try to just deal the truth. Of course, we’ve heard rumors Chad’s racing the Nationals. Chad’s racing the GPs. James is racing the Nationals. James is racing the GPs. Who knows?
I’ll tell you who know – after about three rounds, we’ll all know who’s racing and who’s not. I’d like to see a little more ‘cross polination’ of Euorpe based teams competiting in the USA, and USA based riders competing in Europe. But, Jeremy McGrath was a trendsetter in doing ‘supercross-only’ season. And why not? Supercross is the premier series no doubt. Supercross only contracts can extend riders careers. Lessens the chance of injuries. Keep guys fresh and motivated. So, if any guys want to race supercross only – go for it. It’s your career, and you have to do what’s best for your career. This sport is tough. Brutal. You can be a hero one second and a zero the next. Even the very best only average about a ten year career at the top. And that’s the very best.
I know what I’m going to be doing as far as races. As I’ve mentioned before. I’ve started promoting a brand new off-road truck series called TORC. And the best way I can describe it is – it’s like supercross on four wheels!
Come check out the TORC series if you get a chance. One the racing starts, I’ll be more in a ‘racing’ mode than a ‘promoter’ mode. I just still got that racing ‘jones’ going on. Here’s my truck series dates, locations, and TV info:
- May 15-16 – Texas Motor Speedway, Ft. Worth, TX – ESPN 2
- May 29-30 – Perris Auto Speedway, Perris, CA – ABC
- June 20-21 – Crandon Raceway, Crandon, WI – ESPN 2
- July 11-12 – Bark River Raceway, Bark River, MI – ESPN 2
- July 24-25 – Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway, Oshkosh, WI
- August 8-9 – Bark River Raceway,Bark River, MI – ESPN 2
- August 29 – Perris Auto Speedway, Perris, CA
- Sept 4-6 – Crandon Raceway, Crandon, WI – Live on ABC
- Sept 26-27 – TBD – ESPN 2
- Oct 31-Nov 1 – Las Vegas, NV – ABC
Congratulations to James Stewart – 2009 AMA/FIM Supercross Champion!