April 21, 2009
Seattle: In the pocket
Some say James rode a smart race. James himself said it "...was the best second-place finish that he'd ever got" according to GuyB at Vital MX. It was probably all that and more, and the biggest winners were those that got to see it. Check the body language and positioning; look at the roost coming off the tires: more motocross art by GuyB.
A large part of the buzz out of Seattle, though, is from the big swing in championship points due to Chad Reed's sub-par performance. Chad clearly wasn't feeling it in Seattle, and that first turn crash didn't help at all. Stewart took the points lead for the first time all year with only two rounds to go. Now we'll really get to see who wants it more.