Out with Stewart and in with Faith
This season was a bit of a shutout for Ryan Villopoto and it may be partly due to his main competitors, such as James Stewart, sitting out for a good portion of the 2012 Monster Energy Supercross. Stewart, once sitting in third place in the overall point standings, just 15 points behind Ryan Dungey in second, has dropped out of the top three down to 5th place after sitting out of the last few races since injuring his hand in a crash at Indianapolis.
While fans had hoped that the rider once known as the "Tiger Woods of Supercross" would return to climb back up to the top, it looks as though they will remain disappointed as Stewart has announced that he will be sitting out of the next two races. Stewart will instead be replaced on the JGRMX/Toyota/Yamaha Team by privateer Gavin Faith in both the Seattle and Salk Lake City events.
While twenty-year-old Faith may be new to the team and to the fans, he has managed to get himself in the top ten of the Supercross Lites class.
There is yet to be word on whether or not the injured rider will be healed in time for the season finale in Las Vegas at Sam Boyd Stadium on Saturday, May 5.