Well, it’s official: Bubbsy is Suzuki now. More importantly, he’s riding the same brand that I ride now, so all of a sudden I understand he is the most unstoppable force of athleticism and virility to ever grace this sport with his presence (just like Mike Alessi). Seriously, though, why do people root for riders based on the brand of bike they ride if they don’t actually have a vested interest in that brand’s success? Not important, these are just the things I think about.
I basically talked about all of this a couple of weeks ago when I pretty much knew this was happening because I’m such a boss. I am pretty sure you could literally paint a Yamaha yellow and call it a Suzuki and James would do better on the bike. I don’t buy it that the Yamaha was that bad, I just don’t. And I don’t like that bike, rode one and immediately hated it (perhaps due to the fact that it belonged to some 200lb guy who ran bars tall enough to lynch a, well, someone you’d lynch). But the JGR BROs are nerding it up in that race shop all day, every day; test tubes and animal experimentation and shit. They can make a bike work. But James didn’t think so, and that’s all that it took. To take a line from every terrible office manager that’s ever existed – whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right. Oh, what? That just happened; droppin’ bombs on your ass, again.
I guess Stewart is riding for pretty much nothing, at least this summer, but let’s be real, in the long run, it is going to be way more profitable. The JGR deal was one he made based on short term dollars and cents, since he already hated the Yamaha. Regardless of whether he really thought they could make the bike better, he was passing on a bike he liked for a bike he hated. Dollar dollar bills, y’all. But putting down results now is what he needs, so the cash can flow in down the line.
I’m leaving you all with this video because I swear to God this was the first thing I thought of when I saw the pic of that Suzuki:
The toilet bowl that is the internet is swirling with rumors this week that James Stewart was released from the JGR contract and is riding Suzukis (again) in prep for the Nationals. JGR has since denied the rumors but can we really believe anything we hear from anyone these days? It’s like the term “official statement” these days has become synonymous with “Listen to me spin a web of lies, puppets.” If there is one thing I have learned since becoming a moto mogul, it is that you cannot always believe what you read in a press release.
People seem to think that James getting off a Yamaha is the secret to him getting back to where he was at in ’08. The argument holds some weight to it; racers generally do better when a change is made simply because they know a change has been made. The psyche of a motocross rider is very delicate – most of these guys would snap into Vietnam flashbacks if you dropped a pot behind them. And James is the most delicate of them all; a journey into the mind of James Stewart would probably be like taking a bus into Mexico – you have no idea what the hell is going on, there are lots of voices that you cannot understand, and for some reason there is a goddamn chicken running around with its head cut off. I firmly believe that his string of crashes is much. much more rooted in his mental game than in his equipment.
But I think the real key to Bubbsy getting back to where he needs to be is to ride the outdoors. James has proven that he is completely incompetent as a Supercross-only rider. His only success doing so was in 2009, and that does not actually count because he rode the outdoors in 2008. James now rides very erratically (like a chicken with its head cut off) and it would be much easier to polish that outdoors than it would indoors. He’s always done way better outdoors, anyway. Take Carmichael out of the picture and James has only lost like 5 races outdoors. Supercross-only has really worked for three riders: McGrath, who is a boss; Windham, who is a boss; and Reed, who is also a boss and decided to ride outdoors anyway to further demonstrate his boss nature, similar to Windham last year. It works for Hansen too because he hit the jackpot with his relationship with Monster. They resurrected him (or told Mitch to do it or they’d pull the plug on the team). But Hansen’s a boss, too, so we are kind of tracking a pattern here. James – not a boss. Boss abilities on the bike, for sure, but not a boss. Bosses don’t crash every race, they win races then pay dudes to crash for them. Like a boss.