2012 Monster Energy SX Press Day at Anaheim I
Feature: Ryan Villopotu (left) and Chad Reed were seated side-by-side on the Monster Energy stage at Anaheim I's press conference. RV2 looked relaxed but bored, while Chad emitted a cool, intense calmness. Look for these two racers to renew their intense rivalry on the world moto stage in 2012.
The Angel Stadium Diamond club, which normally is the home of the elite of Professional baseball, was the setting for the Monster Energy pre-race press conference for what is affectionately called-Anaheim I. This gathering of some of the top stadium motocross riders in the world, was hosted by series title sponsor Monster Energy. The jam-packed affair, was a quick Q & A session for some of the top stadium racers, including series defending champ, Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto, Team Two Two Motosports Chad Reed, newly KTM mounted Ryan Dungey, Yamaha's James Stewart, with his new Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) sponsorship, and Trey Canard, aboard his Muscle Milk Honda ride.
Trey Canard, while still recovering from a recent injury, was also up on the stage at Anaheim I press conference. He said he hopes to repeat his multiple race wins in 2011, with repeat performances in 2012, aboard his Muscle Milk Honda.
James Stewart was at the press conference, with his dad and racing brother Malcolm. James has a new sponsor for 2012, Joe Gibbs Racing, but retains his Yamaha ride for the 2012 racing season. His remark, at the press conference, that there was a lot of tension/hostility up on the stage was spot-on. The race itself will tell the tale....Is Stewart back? We will find out Saturday night.
Energy drink sponsorships were much in evidence, up on the press conference stage at the Anaheim I press preview. KTM's Ryan Dungey, shows off his Red Bull colors. Dungey has reunited with his former Suzuki mentor, Roger DeCoster, back as Team Manager of the refurbished KTM team. With a new bike, new team, and new challenges, Dungey will have to get up to speed quickly.