KNEE INJURY HOLDS JAMES TO 8TH AT ANAHEIM 1
Anaheim 1—the most highly anticipated race of any given Supercross season—hosted the first of 17 rounds of SX action on Saturday night under beautiful Southern California skies, as James fought through adversity to finish the night in eighth place aboard his Red Bull-backed Yoshimura Suzuki.
In what James referred to as “the longest race day of the entire season”, Anaheim 1 once again attracted a sellout crowd and massive live TV audience to help usher in a new year of intense racing action. Prepared, and ready to do battle with the world’s top Supercross athletes, JS7 went to work on the challenging Anaheim circuit during the timed practice sessions, dropping the quickest lap time of the day in the process. James’ confidence was unfortunately short-lived, however, as a bobble during the last lap of the session quickly unraveled an otherwise flawless start to the new year.
SUPERCROSS HEAT 2
After jamming his knee during the last lap of the final practice session of the day, James rolled to the line for Supercross Heat 2 aboard his Yoshimura Suzuki less than stoked and far from 100%. Still, the determined Floridian gritted his teeth as he rocketed out of the gate to charge his way through turn number one in the second spot. After making his way into the lead early on lap one, JS7 struggled to find the same pace that propelled him into the number one qualifying position earlier in the day, and was eventually passed by Trey Canard and Davi Millsaps on his way to a respectable third-place, qualifying finish.
SUPERCROSS MAIN EVENT
Despite consulting with his team, doctors, and family between the heat and main event about the possibility of calling it an early night, James opted to line up for the Supercross-class main with the simple goal of collecting as many championship points as possible. After a mid-pack start, JS7 conservatively worked his way into the eighth spot by the midway point, and held the position through the final ten laps of the race.
Though far from meeting expectations, JS7 and crew feel fortunate to escape the 2013 debut with valuable points, and look forward to rebounding strong next weekend in Phoenix.
Stay tuned for more details on James’ knee injury in the days to come…
1. Davi Millsaps
2. Trey Canard
3. Ryan Dungey
4. Chad Reed
5. Jake Weimer
6. Andrew Short
7. Justin Barcia
8. James Stewart
9. Justin Brayton
10. Kevin Windham