It’s Monday and we have a lot to report from this past weekend’s round of the Monster Energy Supercross series inside Phoenix’s Chase Field. There was a ton of drama in the Supercross class mixed with one very exciting Lites class main event. But we’re sure most of you are wondering what exactly went down between James Stewart and Chad Reed, so lets get into it.
If you happened to catch the racing on SPEED yesterday, you no doubt saw the much talked about collision between Stewart and Reed—after all, it was replayed nearly 100 times. Only a few laps into the main event, both riders were buried back in the pack and attempting to climb back towards the front. When Reed tried to cut underneath James who at the same time was squaring off the corner, the two riders came together, crashing on top of one another in the turn. Reed’s hand was pinned under Stewart, and as the two riders were getting up, Reed pushed at Stewart to free his hand. In the end, James remounted in tremendous pain to finish the race 15th while Chad returned to the pits to get his broken hand checked out.
Following the race, according to reports from Kawasaki, Stewart stormed over to the Monster Energy Kawasaki pits to have a few words with Reed, but when no one was around—the team was at the medic truck getting Chad’s hand looked at—Stewart pushed Reed’s bike over. In the hours that followed, Stewart’s team made an official protest against Reed’s on-track actions. At first, Reed was given a penalty of a $5,000 fine and one race suspension, but upon appeal and review of the tapes, the penalty was lifted and Reed was only given a warning. All told, the entire situation wasn’t resolved until roughly 4:00 in the morning. There is no word yet on how long Reed will be out due to his broken hand, however, the report is that it might need surgery. As for Stewart, his 15th-place finish speaks for the amount of pain he must have been in during the race. No statement yet on his injuries, if any.
In other news, we just received information that Boost Mobile/ampm/J-Law Racing’s Jason Lawrence went to the doctor following Anaheim I. It was discovered that the Yamaha rider has Mononucleosis and he is on bed rest as we type this. There hasn’t been an official release about his condition or when he might be returning to racing, however, we will be sure to keep you up to date as we hear.
As you might be thinking, there was a lot more that happened this weekend, Dungey’s first win, Weimer’s second win, Hansen’s struggles, Doc Bodnar’s new medic Mule, and much more. But for all of that and more, check out the gigantic photo gallery below.