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.
This video was actually pretty good. Don’t know who Ben Giese is, but solid edit BRO.
Not even trying to be a dick here but what is the over-under on number of races the 450 guys on this team make it to in the outdoors? You have Stroupe who has suffered from mysterious illnesses since he learned how to roll a $20 bill, Izzi who is too busy getting chicks pregnant to finish a couple of 30+2s, and Morais who I am almost convinced is able to break bones on command once the Supercross season is over. By the way, even though I pretty much just shit on Stroupe, I actually am a fan. That kid is an inspiration on Twitter, easily the funniest MX guy on it. (Update: Apparently Izzi is not riding 450s)
Some of you are probably aware of all the twish (twitter shit) going on with Izzi, Weimer, and Weimer’s woman. If I’d had even a decent enough chunk of the story to blog about and fill in the holes, I would have done it. All I know is that Weimer’s woman apparently is over the factory lifestyle and is now on Izzi’s nuts. This has to be a tough time for Jake; to think that he is going to be making his own sandwiches for a couple of days until every chick that can spell “Weimer” on Facebook is hitting him up is absolutely appalling. And during the holidays. What a cruel and twisted existence we live.
The Facebook and the Twitter feeds are absolutely lighting up with this video right now. James pretty much just doing the video game shit, as usual. Making it look eazy as fuck, too. I am about to get my bike out there and huck that shit just from the confidence James has instilled in me by making it look so simple. I think I’ve got it. What gear you hitting that shit in, BRO?
People are sending me shit about how he has A1 in the bag with this video, and I am not anymore convinced than I was before. To take the broken record approach again, James has always been way better than everyone when it comes to crazy shit like this. Hucking fives (what is it? A pent? A quint? A qunt?) in your face is just business as usual.
By now, everyone has seen this already. A bit late to the game, but a good video, solid edit; it belongs on BRO. I must say these satellite teams are catching the factory guys with their pants around their ankles. I have been saying since YouTube was invented that the way to operate your team from a PR standpoint is to produce web videos and shove them down everyone’s throats. You know how many people read those press releases you guys put out every week? Probably like four or five. This is America in the 21st century – reading is basically for geriatrics and failed Presidential candidates. Video is where it’s at. If I was operating a team, you had best believe we would be producing some Spielberg shit at least twice a month.
By the way, how psyched is Millsaps to be running a Bell helmet now? I know a few people who sport the AGV, but in my opinion those things are ugly fucking helmets. The mouthpiece on one of those looks like a huge gaping vagina something else that is very large and unpleasant.