Metamorphosis: Strategic James Stewart Slices Way to Supercross Victory in San Diego
James Stewart’s fame was born from being insanely fast… borderline reckless.
But Bubba’s masterful performance in San Diego this past weekend – laced with bold strategy and steady riding – revealed the modern day JS7 as he clawed his way past Ryan Villopoto for the Supercross victory.
Known to charge his hardest, despite the threat of crashing from the sheer power of today’s 450 cc dirt bikes, James’ riding in San Diego was nothing short of an eyebrow raiser for fans and the industry alike as he displayed a more mature, solid brand of racing for the fans.
“I’ve been riding really good,” he said following the event. “I got a start; I got out front and didn’t make any mistakes that were too costly. I knew I was physically in shape. It was a tough race. Ryan was right there and I had to be patient. I tried to pick it up. Lappers kind of screwed me up a little bit, but I’ve got to give it up to everybody on my team. The cool thing is with the troops here and everything that’s going on, it just makes it that much more special. That’s what we needed.”
With the three-time defending Champion RV taking the early lead – much like most of the past three seasons – Bubba sliced and diced his way into contention, finally overtaking him.
Despite some real threats from Ryan down the stretch, closing the gap to 0.6 seconds with five laps remaining, James’ riding was nothing short of brilliant as he shot his way to victory by 1.3 seconds.
For Bubba, it was surely a step toward regaining some of his past luster.
The past couple of seasons have been aimed at taking the former Champion back to some of his previous glory after his move to Suzuki following an ‘up and down’ period with Yamaha.
There’s no doubt that if the ‘new’ Bubba continues on the same path with solid, strategic riding – he’ll be right there in the mix at the tail end of the season.