James Stewart rode the main event Ricky Carmichael didn't want
him to have: a clear track, faster lap times, and no mistakes. Stewart
was simply so fast in the early laps of the main that RC appeared to
realize that trying to match his pace was not in the cards for this
one. The Orlando Citrus Bowl is Stewart's "home" supercross, since he's
from nearby Haines City. He seemed to be the most at home on Orlando's
unique all-sand track, and he looked like the was having a blast going
so fast out there.
Orlando 2006 is one more race to add to Stewart's
won-every-supercross-he-hasn't-crashed-in streak. He seems to have all
the speed he needs, but with five rounds to go, he still has 23 points
to make up on RC. Chad Reed is just eight points behind RC but riding
We stopped James for a quick chat right after the
post-race press conference to see what it feels like to be called the
fastest guy in SX, even by the GOAT.
Racer X: James, what a night! I'm not even sure how to start asking about a ride like that one.
|No close race this time: Stewart checked out |
James Stewart: It was good. I had the speed last weekend at Daytona and
just went down. [Tonight] I got the holeshot. I just hit the
triple-triple right at the beginning and rode my own race. I felt good
all day. The track really broke down. It was more like an outdoor track
with just how rough it got and with the ruts and stuff. In the last few
weekends, I have been doing good, and I'm really looking forward to
That was a pretty unusual sandy track. Was it more like Daytona?
It was a little bit different. When you go to Daytona, you expect sand.
You don't really expect a sandy supercross. It was more like Bithlo
[FL] dirt. It was sandy, but it was also sticky. Daytona is sandy and
it hits you and it gets everywhere. But it was a good night. I had a
great setup this week.
We didn't get to talk to you after last week's main because you
weren't feeling good, but by Sunday you were riding again, right?
Yeah, I rode Sunday. Just for a while there in my race, when I hit my
stomach, I was out of breath and trying to get it back. I got back up
there and did the best I could. I fought my way back to sixth and
didn't give up. The bike was a little bent up, but no excuses: I went
down and did my best to salvage some points.
About how far into the Orlando main event did you decide to back it down a little?
|Stewart was Amp'd all day |
Probably right after I got screwed up in the whoops with Ryan Clark
[about lap 5]. I think I was out, like, 10 seconds. I ended up pulling
to 15, which was good to me. I just kind of checked on Ricky's pace and
rode the same pace until about the last two laps. It was a good night.
What's it feel like to have a guy like Ricky give you full credit in
the press conference, saying, "Well, I just got beat" and "James was
faster," stuff like that?
It felt good coming from him. Especially with him being one of the best
in the world, if not the best in the world. It feels good to hear him
tell me I have all the speed in the world and stuff. It's good to hear
it from him, and he's a great guy.
It looks like you were having a lot of fun in that heat race, whipping it for the fans.
Yeah, I had a blast. Even in practice. It was a good night. It was fun
being with all my friends and relatives. It was cool to have them here.
You mentioned in the press conference everyone you know wanted tickets. How many people hit you up?
lives about 30 minutes from Orlando in Haines City, and he could
probably name half the people in the stands watching afternoon practice |
Probably 500 people! They hit my dad up, not me. The only way you can
get a hold of me is text messages, and I shut my phone off most of the
week. I'm actually glad I lost my phone two weeks ago. I've been out of
What are your thoughts on season points? Do you feel under pressure to make up points quickly or anything?
All I can do is try and win races. Anything can happen, like it did at
St. Louis. All I can do is my best, and I feel like I'm doing that
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