FRUSTRATIONS CONTINUE AT OAKLAND SX
With two previous wins under his belt inside the Oakland Coliseum, James headed into round four of the 2013 AMA Supercross series feeling good, and kicked off his day exactly where he left off at last year’s event—on top of the leader board.
Despite a small get-off in practice, James entered his heat race ready to do some damage, but unfortunately a bad start left him with some serious work to do. After several quick passes, JS7 found himself in second behind early leader Ryan Villopoto within just a few laps. With a large gap already separating the two riders, however, James played it safe and finished out the heat in the second spot.
Shortly after the gate dropped for the 450SX main event, bad luck would once again strike the number 7, as a second-turn pile-up collected multiple riders, including him. Slowly remounting his Red Bull-backed Yoshimura Suzuki, James would only complete one full lap before pulling off the track with a mechanical problem.
“It’s been a rough seasons so far,” James commented at the end of the night. “The first four races have been pretty frustrating, but I’m not gonna quite!”
The incident resulted in a DNF (19th) for James, and he’ll now roll into round five next weekend in Anaheim sitting in 11th place in the championship standings.
450SX Class Results
1. Ryan Villopoto
2. Davi Millsaps
3. Ryan Dungey
4. Trey Canard
5. Mike Alessi
6. Andrew Short
7. Matt Goerke
8. Broc Tickle
9. Vince Friese
10. Justin Brayton