450 Words: Phoenix Supercross ClassMonday, January 15, 2007 | 12:04 PM
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It has. This much-hyped dynamic duo has actually come together. This has been three seasons of dramatic and dynamic racing. It has been as good as it was supposed to be, and probably better than anything that has come before it or might come after it. And it’s scheduled to end soon, as Ricky officially becomes a part-time rider when he takes next weekend off. So enjoy every last morsel of this.
In Anaheim, Carmichael said his bike wouldn’t turn well enough for him to beat James, so he reworked his chassis and showed up much faster in Phoenix. But just when it looked like RC’s night, Stewart made some changes to his bike, figured out his lines, and matched him. Thus we had a main event decided by just 1.22 seconds after 20 laps, with Stewart winning it and proving that maybe he’s finally figured this “how to beat RC” thing out. But it was close. It was awesome and exciting and just as good as all that promise would have indicated when these guys were cleaning up two different classes every weekend a few years ago.
But now it’s nearing an end. RC won’t be around much longer, so be sure to remember every second of what you’re seeing live, on TV, or on the internet right now. Because this is as good as it’s supposed to be and, possibly, as good as it gets.