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Cycle News 2016 Issue 01 January 12

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SUPERCROSS MONSTER ENERGY AMA SUPERCROSS SERIES, AN FIM WORLD ROUND 1 / JANUARY 9, 2016 ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA / ANGEL STADIUM OF ANAHEIM P54 MORE BAD LUCK FOR STEWART Anaheim 1 marked the long awaited return of James Stewart to supercross following his eight-month suspen- sion. Ever since winning the Red Bull Straight Rhythm exhibition race in October, a black cloud has been following him. He suffered injures at his next two rac- es—the Monster Energy Cup and the Paris (aka Bercy) Supercross—and now another one, an apparent con- cussion, at Anaheim. Stewart rode well in practice and was flirting with hav- ing the quickest lap time of the afternoon. He qualified third in his heat and was trying to re-pass Anderson for the lead on the third lap of the Main when he got inad- vertently T-boned by Dungey in a turn. It appeared that Dungey was expecting Stewart to stay high and wide in the turn, but when Stewart suddenly cut down hard to try and pass Anderson, Dungey couldn't prevent himself from hitting Stewart, and it didn't help that a split-second earlier, Dungey's rear wheel had clipped the landing and sent him riding the front wheel for a few feet—his rear brake useless with the rear wheel still up in the air. Stewart was high-sided to the ground after the contact, and the side of his head slammed onto the hard berm, the impact knocking him out for several minutes. Due to safety concerns, the race was immediately red-flagged while the Asterisk medical crew came to Stewart's aid. He was eventually helped to his feet and driven back to the Asterisk medical trailer. His night was over. "He turned down so fast, I had nowhere to go," Dungey said. "As soon as he did, I tried to get on the brakes as soon as I could and we just hit. I feel real bad for what happened." Back at the Yoshimura Suzuki pits, Cycle News was told that Stewart did not remember the incident and was being held for observation at the Asterisk trailer. His status for round two in San Diego is not yet known. James Stewart gives the thumbs up, letting the sold-out crowd know that he's okay after his crash in the main that left him unconscious on the track for a few minutes. Up to that point, Stewart was riding well and battling for the lead.

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