Rough Night for James in Jacksonville
Beaming with confidence early in the day, James was excited to get back to his home state of Florida to continue his mission towards the title this weekend in Jacksonville: With familiar dirt, a stadium full of JS7 fans, and the fastest lap time in practice, it looked to be game on! However, by night’s end, a different script would be written. Read on to find out what happened…
SUPERCROSS QUALIFYING HEAT
• After dominating the timed practice/qualifying session with a 44.5 second lap time, James faced off with series points leader and rival Ryan Villopoto in Heat Race #2.
• Stewart grabbed a top-five start in his heat, allowing him to cruise to a seemingly effortless victory ahead of Villopoto and the rest of the pack.
• During his dominant Heat Race, James set the fastest lap time of the night with a 43.478.
SUPERCROSS MAIN EVENT
• Notably, series rival and points leader Ryan Villopoto was unable to make the main event due to crashes in both his heat race as well as the LCQ, potentially leaving the door open for Stewart to gain serious momentum in the points hunt.
• James came out swinging for the main, rounding the first turn fairly close to the front of the pack.
• Unfortunately, James and several other riders were caught in a pileup on the very first straightaway, with Stewart receiving the worst of it. James got sandwiched in between two bikes and was in obvious pain, unable to get back up and continue the race. Rumors of James’ condition immediately began flying through the pits, though none of them were confirmed by night’s end.
• Stay tuned to JS7.com for an official update on Stewart’s condition as soon as one is available, and in the meantime, please keep James in your thoughts and prayers.
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