James Stewart's Three Crashes at Dallas 2002 125cc Main





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Uploaded on Feb 5, 2011

In 2002, Chevy Trucks Kawasaki rookie, James Stewart, Jr. had the most devastating blow to his young career in a matter of 3 turns at the Dallas Supercross. Coming into the round, Stewart was leading Amsoil Honda's Travis Preston #29 by 10 pts. after having a 25 pt. lead over Yamaha of Troy's Ivan Tedesco after Phoenix... before posting some bad results in the past 2 races with an 11th at Anaheim 3, and a 10th at Houston. Stewart had crashed in each of the rounds, except 1, and that was at San Diego (winning that one and Phoenix -- with a small slip-up in the main). James' crashes opened the door for Preston to overtake him in the 125cc West Supercross Championship. Stewart had 4 podiums in the first 4 rounds (2 2nd places and 2 wins), before the crashes eventually ruined his rookie season. Now, let me run down an analysis of Stewart's 3 crashes shown in this clip.

Crash #1: Stewart, who had crashed earlier in the main before the string of 3 crashes in 3 turns (in this clip), had fought his way from 22nd (dead last)... all the way up to 5th place before going for a pass on Yamaha of Troy's Ivan Tedesco #45 for 4th. Ivan went wide in the corner after the mechanics area and James tried to duck into Tedesco's path to make sure that the pass on him would be secure. But instead... James crashed again, taking Tedesco with him. After Ivan picked up his YZ125 machine, he gave Stewart a bit of a shove in the back of his helmet for ruining his race; Tedesco had a right to be upset with Stewart, as he finished outside the top 5 due to James' rookie mistake. After the race, the two got in each other's faces while on their bikes, riding around the track.

Crash #2: Stewart, who managed to keep the bike running after getting together with Ivan Tedesco, got back up, losing a single spot... until not even 10 yards later, Pro Circuit Kawasaki's Eric Sorby #917 tried to get by, but instead, Stewart, unsuspectingly, clipped his back wheel, causing him to crash for the 3rd time in the race (2nd in this clip). This is when Stewart started to lose positions and all that hard work he did was starting to go down the toilet.

Crash #3: Stewart just wasn't looking where he was going after the previous crash. His front wheel rode over the Maxxis tuffblock while he was not looking where he was going. James was trapped underneath the bike, and appeared to be hurt... but wasn't -- just disgusted with that dumb crash. After that final crash, James Stewart, Sr. (Stewart's Dad) had seen enough, walking back into the runway to lead out of Texas Stadium. James Stewart, Jr. knew he threw the championship away with those 3 crashes.

As a result of the 3 crashes (4 on the night), James finished a disheartening 16th place... causing a 20-point swing in the points standings. Stewart, who was 10 points UP on Travis Preston... wound up 10 pts. BEHIND Preston, who ended up winning his 2nd race of the 125cc West season. Take a look.

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