May 09, 2012

The "Ki" to winning the National Motocross Championship

The U.S. outdoor motocross championships have always been won by racebikes made in Japan.  And lately, starting in 2008 with James Stewart's undefeated season, they have been won by Japanese bikes with brand names that end in "i":  Kawasaki and Suzuki.

Photo by Michael "FTE" Stusiak
 2008:  James Stewart on Kawasaki

Photo by Guy B/Vital MX
 2009:  Chad Reed on Suzuki

Photo by Guy B/Vital MX

2010:  Ryan Dungey on Suzuki

Photo by Guy B/Vital MX
 2011:  Ryan Villopoto on Kawasaki

Now, with the 2012 championship series starting in less than 10 days, we have James Stewart suddenly Suzuki-mounted.  He may be the "ki" teams best hope to extend the streak, considering that Kawasaki's Villopoto will miss the series while he recovers from his supercross injury, and since Dungey is now mounted on an Austrian-made KTM.

This could be the year that the Japanese stranglehold on American motocross finally comes to an end. Or not.

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