When Ryan Dungey bowed out of the Daytona Supercross with a collarbone injury, James Stewart was the last hope to keep Ryan Villopoto from running way with another AMA Monster Energy Supercross Championship. When Stewart crashed exiting the first corner of his heat race last Saturday in Indianapolis and suffered a concussion, he left Villopoto completely alone to march to the title.
Villopoto now has a 54-point lead with six races to go. Dungey still sits in second after having missed rounds 10 and 11 and Stewart is third after crashing out of round 11.
Dungey has released a 3:40 video via Facebook where he explains in detail how and where he crashed and why he has missed two rounds of the series. While he hasn't officially dropped out of the season, he said "four to five weeks" at least.
Last night, James Stewart released this open letter via his website: "I just wanted to personally take the time to check in with you all after this weekend's race. Over the past few weekends we as a team have been working really well and built up some solid momentum that carried us straight into Indianapolis. The practice sessions were good. We were able to go fast and the team and I were really excited to get out there and race. But unfortunately it didn't play out the way we expected it to and I was unable to finish out the night.
"As for right now, I'm heading in for further checks and after that we'll reevaluate this weekend's race in Toronto. We'll keep you all in the loop as this goes, but right now I wanted to thank all of you for the support. To my fans, my team, my sponsors, my family, my friends; everyone out there that's been supporting me; THANK YOU. I've seen a lot of posts online, been reading through the well wishes and everything else. And it's really cool to see you guys looking out for us riders.