Last weekend there was quite a bit of controversy regarding James’ final finishing position. The Live Timing system had shown him in 20th by races end but when looking on the AMA Supercross website he was scored as 18th, not 20th. This of course netted him two additional points finishing above two other riders. With the points race this close, every point counts. So, here is a quick breakdown of how he finished 18th and not in last.
In Jacksonville, three riders went down on the first lap and were never scored. There’s no real way to distinguish who finished ahead, and they are not going to determine which rider flew off their bike furthest up the track. In fact, the AMA looks back to the rider’s qualifying time to determine the final standings; the Live Timing is taken completely out of the equation. James was the fastest qualifier, Goerke was 19th and Weston 20th, which is why they placed 18th, 19th and 20th in the main.
Fortunately for James, being the fastest man on the track has its advantages, even if you don’t make it past the first turn.