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James Stewart explains why he went MIA at US Open

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I can't believe what happened to me this weekend. I came to Vegas ready to make a statement about Supercross for 2006, instead I spent a day in the hospital and was not able to even see the starting gate. I was ready to race, we even had built a mock U.S Open track at my house so I could practice on a tight small track. Well, I am sure you all want to know what happened. When I started this newsletter I wanted to be able to tell you what goes on behind the scenes and give you a glimpse of what my life is like, both good things, and in this case unfortunately, bad things. So here‰Ûªs the story. Thursday went pretty much like I expected, we had a press conference, I rode for the press on a strip of track that was done, had dinner with some friends and went to bed. Friday morning started out O.K. too. I had a light breakfast of yogurt and fruit around 9:00 AM. I started walking to the motor coach and that‰Ûªs when I started feeling some stomach pains, as I walked, it got worse. I arrived at the coach, and had to sit down, the pains got even worse, and I had to lie down. Next thing I know, I am doubled over, feeling really cold but also sweating. Brianna was with me, she started to run out of the coach to get help, but then I passed out, so she was scared to leave me, she called my parents and Beeker (with Fox Racing) on her cell phone, and they both started to come to help. Beeker was actually right outside of the coach when he got the call, so he ran into the coach and saw me passed out, sweating and (this is embarrassing) drooling too. We all thought I was in really bad shape, so he went running looking for an EMT, but it was too early for them to be there, he tried to find Doc Bodner, but when he could not find any EMT's or Doc Bodner, he decided to grab an MGM security person. When Beeker and the security guy got to the coach and the security guy saw me throwing up all over the motor coach doubled over in pain he immediately called for an ambulance using his radio. When the Paramedics got there I had already thrown up everything I had in me and was dry heaving, had the hot/cold sweating thing, and was really weak and shaking. We got into the ambulance and went to the hospital. On the way they gave me some medicine for the stomach pain, which helped a lot. I spent the whole day getting poked, prodded, pricked, scanned and filmed. Nothing conclusive was found at the time, although some sort of ulcer, food allergy, or possible dietary reaction was suspected. I started feeling well enough to leave the hospital early in the evening, after missing both practices. At that time, I still intended to try and race. CCE was willing to try and help me get 3 laps on the track if I could be at the gate for my heat race, so I went to the Kawasaki pits to gear up. Doc Bodner gave me something to help my stomach, but I had not eaten anything all day, so I tried eating a small sandwich for energy. That was a mistake, as the cramps started again, not nearly as bad as earlier, but it was too painful to ride, in fact, we actually started to go back to the hospital before the pain eased off some. I have raced both sick and injured before. In Houston this year I had a broken rib after crashing in my heat race. I could hardly lift my arm, but I went to the line and I won. I have also raced with a broken foot. I knew I needed to be out there, but I am telling you, there was no way. Saturday came and I still could not eat and had small bouts of cramping coming and going. I was miserable and bummed out worse than I can remember. I want to apologize to the fans that were expecting to see me race. I really mean that sincerely. I was hoping to give you an exciting event. I also want to apologize to Kawasaki, Fox, Red Bull, Oakley and Boost Mobile. I am sorry I have had a tough year and I really appreciate all of you supporting me. As always, thanks mom and dad for being there for me. I want to congratulate RC for his win and my teammate Byrner on a solid second place on the brand new KX 450F. I am writing this from my house in Florida. I‰Ûªll be seeing an internist and a dietician this week, and be tested for an ulcer as well. I will get to the bottom of this problem. One thing is for sure, and I mean for sure, I am more determined than ever to challenge for the 2006 Supercross title. I will be doing everything necessary to have the best program I can in place this December for all of the fans, my sponsors, and myself. Thanks for reading my newsletter. James Stewart, #259

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