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27 Jan, 2015

THE ALiAS MX BREAKDOWN: Oakland and DYI

The ALiAS Breakdown is your chance to get in an inside look behind the scenes and inside the minds of your favorite ALiAS athletes. Each and every week our team will be working to bring you all exclusive news, interviews, photos and the inside scoop you won’t find anywhere else. Get closer to the action and inside your sport like never before. The tension was at an all-time high in Oakland this weekend where we saw ALiAS’s Malcolm Stewart turn out a standout performance. We also saw the return of Jake Canada under the FiftyOne Fifty Racing tent.

MALCOLM STEWART ACES OAKLAND

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“It’s one of the proudest moments of my career” Malcolm’s older brother James Stewart posted to his social feeds just minutes after watching his brother clench his first SX main event win at Oakland. The house was brought to it’s feet as Malcolm tackled a highly technical track layout, focusing on consistent, mistake-free laps. It paid off, assuming the lead mid-race and never looking back while more drama unfolded behind him. Interestingly, as Malcolm explained to us following the race “I didn’t even know I was in the lead. I knew I was up there but at lap 13 I looked over and realized that I had this!” Acing his first ever supercross win, Stewart finds himself with momentum on his side with more than half the season to go. “Man, it feels good to be in the win club, but, to be honest with you, it still doesn’t feel the same as when my brother is here…but I know he’s back home probably doin’ a backflip right now!”

JAKE CANADA: MAKING MOVES

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Another ALiAS athlete making moves is 51 Fifty Energy’s Jake Canada. After some setbacks in the off-season, he rejoined the 250 West series amidst the most competitive racing landscape we’ve seen in decades, missing a transfer spot to the main by one position after a mistake in a technical rhythm section robbed his momentum and sent him battling back through the pack for position. “I’m stoked to be working with 51 Fifty again in the 2015 season and am just going to build on this week – you just gotta keep on it!”. Known for his smooth style both in technique and his look, Jake kitted up in the A2 Orange/Navy Pant, paired up with the A2 Black/White Jersey…we dig it, Jake.

DUNE IT YOURSELF

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Whip Master and ALiAS rider Tom Parsons headed back out to Death Valley for Part of his new project, Dune It Yourself. DIY, as it’s affectionately been called, is a project in collaboration with some ALiAS MX and some hefty names in action sports film business while Tom P gets upside down and nasty in the hidden pocket of the valley: The Dumont Dunes. Make sure to check back on www.aliasmx.com for Part 1 of DIY: The Tom Parsons Story.

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26 Jan, 2015

Stewart roars to first career Supercross victory

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OAKLAND, Calif. (Jan. 24) — GEICO Honda rider Malcolm Stewart could not have picked a better location to score his first Monster Energy Supercross victory.

In the home of his dad’s favorite NFL team, the Oakland Raiders, Stewart dominated the 250cc West Series main event on Saturday night at O.co Coliseum to become a Supercross winner for the first time.

“It’s huge, it’s huge,” Stewart said with a wide smile. “I always loved the Oakland Raiders, and my dad is a big Raiders fan. To come here and win in the Oakland stadium is awesome.”

The win came in Stewart’s fourth event with the GEICO Honda team, and it capped a three-race spree in which he has finished first, second, and fifth after a tough start of 22nd at the 2015 season opener.

“We definitely had a rough one in the beginning but we kept pushing,” Stewart said. “I can’t thank (team co-owner) Jeff Majkrzak enough for hiring me for this team. Now, I’m returning the favor. I just want to pay him back as much as I can because he believes in me and that’s why he got me on this team.

“The whole GEICO team, they’ve been sticking behind me. Jeff Majkrzak, he’s been behind me the whole time. My mom and dad, my brother, everybody who’s been there, I appreciate it. I’m kind of speechless right now.”

But the wide smile on Stewart’s face told the story. The win capped a terrific day for Stewart, who nearly won his heat race until being bumped by another rider on the final lap.

Still, his fourth in the heat advanced him to the main event, where he made a good start and was third after one lap. He moved into second, then the lead, before slipping back a spot.

But leader Justin Hill went down with nine laps remaining, and Stewart seized the lead and the moment.

“The start wasn’t too bad,” Stewart said. “The start was great, and Hill went down. All I know is the last two laps my heart was pumping.”

Cooper Webb tried to close in but this night belonged to Stewart, who won by 1.4 seconds.

“He was definitely coming, but I just tried to put my head down and keep moving forward,” Stewart said.

After the race, he celebrated with the team on the podium and got a big hug from his father James.

23 Jan, 2015

Oakland holds opportunity for GEICO Honda’s Stewart to excel

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OAKLAND, Calif. (Jan. 22) — Soon after adding another top-five finish to his season stats last Saturday in Anaheim, Calif., GEICO Honda 250 rider Malcolm Stewart turned his attention to the fourth stop on the 2015 AMA Monster Energy Supercross West schedule, which takes place this weekend at O.co Coliseum in Oakland.

Stewart will be riding alone in the category at the event because teammate Matt Bisceglia is recovering from a mild concussion suffered in last weekend’s second practice session.

“The focus for this weekend in Oakland is all about better starts and more balanced riding,” Stewart said. “The starts of these races really dictate what kind of finish you get. Obviously the better the start, the better the results, and I’m here for podium finishes.

“Oakland will be all about maintaining ground and pushing just hard enough to gain spots without losing any in the process to hopefully get another good finish.”

Showing the speed and talent to be a top competitor every weekend, Stewart keeps experimenting to find the perfect balance of skill and patience to get his desired results. Already making progress in his search for stability, he has worked his way from last in the 250SX points standings to seventh overall in only two races.

“I’m still working on balancing my intensity,” Stewart said. “So far it’s either been too much or just not enough. I’m going to work on perfecting the sprint from my first lap to lap 10. Once I get that balance, I know that I’ll be at the front of the pack week in and week out.”

Bisceglia, who was forced to miss the previous event, will rest this weekend in hopes of a strong return at the third Anaheim race.

“Whenever you hit your head they are super careful with you,” Bisceglia said. “I feel like I could ride right now but the doctors play it real safe, and it’s probably in the best interest of my long-term health. I should be good to go at Anaheim 3.

“I’m bummed to miss these two races because you just can’t make up points that are lost like this, but these things happen in our sport. I’ll have nothing to lose in the remaining races, so I’ll be able to go for it in every round and hold absolutely nothing back. It’ll all be about getting GEICO and Honda on the podium.”

Live coverage of this weekend’s race starts at 10 p.m. ET Saturday on FOX Sports 1.

20 Jan, 2015

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19 Jan, 2015

Learning curve continues for Stewart, Bisceglia in Anaheim

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (Jan. 17) — Securing another successful night on the track, GEICO Honda 250SX rider Malcolm Stewart made it known that Angel Stadium was not going to throw him for a loop again by recording a fifth-place finish in Saturday night’s race.

Teammate Matt Bisceglia was hoping for similar results but unfortunately things don’t always work out the way they are planned.

“I can’t complain really,” Stewart said. “It was a clean day from start to finish. The biggest accomplishment tonight for me was that I went straight from my heat race to qualifying for the main event.

“I rode smarter tonight, even when I got frustrated. The only problem is that I lost a little bit of that intensity in my riding again. Clearly I need to work on finding a better balance.”

Launching himself into a great position on the first lap of the main event, Stewart showed his veteran knowledge throughout the entire 15-lap feature.

“In the main event I rode a little tight,” Stewart said. “About halfway in though I started picking up the pace. Within the last couple laps I was able to finish the day with a solid top-five finish. Overall I’m happy about tonight and how it came through, but I am ready to get back up on the box.”

Determined to find himself back up on the podium, Stewart isn’t going to be quick to dismiss tonight’s effort. Mired deep in points after the first Anaheim race, he is fully aware of the positivity that respectable nights can bring.

“I did what I needed to do tonight: I gained points,” Stewart said. “I beat a good portion of the guys that were ahead of me in the points standings coming into tonight. If I can continue to do that, we’ll be right back in it for sure.”

Unfortunately for teammate Bisceglia, a practice accident left the young rider shaken up and unable to ride in Saturday night’s race. He will be re-evaluated Monday to determine if he will race in Oakland, Calif., next weekend.

“It’s a tough deal,” Bisceglia said. “I really wanted to be out there riding with those guys, trying to make up some ground on them.

“There’s not too much I can do now though but move forward and see what happens Monday.”

14 Jan, 2015

GEICO Honda’s Stewart, Bisceglia hoping luck goes their way in Anaheim

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (Jan. 13) — The difference between a good finish and an average finish in the Monster Energy Supercross 250cc class often is luck.

GEICO Honda’s Malcolm Stewart had some good fortune in Phoenix last weekend, and he rode to a stellar second-place finish. Teammate Matt Bisceglia, though, hasn’t had much luck so far during the 2015 series, which shifts to Angel Stadium for the third round of the 250 West program.

Stewart raced to a second-place finish in Phoenix after advancing to the main event through the last-chance qualifier. He was caught up in an accident in his heat race but bounced back strong to win the LCQ and reach the podium in the main.

“It’s a huge weight off my shoulders going into this weekend,” Stewart said. “I felt that the first couple races on the bike were like a black cat luck-wise. The results really came around at the end of Phoenix though during the LCQ and the main.

“I definitely feel like it was a big reset button for me, so now I can move forward and focus again.”

Stewart has had to race the LCQ in both events in 2015, and while getting to the main is always the goal, he’d rather get there through his heat.

“I just want to get from the heat race to the main event,” Stewart said with a chuckle. “That’s my goal this weekend.”

He also wants to find an emotional center as he rides, not getting too high like he did in Anaheim 1 but showing more fire than he did in Phoenix.

“Yeah, I did calm down some from the first race, but after watching the tape and reviewing with (team manager Mike) LaRocco, we’re going to bump the intensity back up again,” Stewart said. “You’re going to see more of a middle ground between last weekend and where I was at in Anaheim 1.”

Bisceglia’s goals are more simple: Get some luck. A rough couple of races were typified by a first-lap, first-corner crash in Phoenix that was not of his own doing. Bisceglia rebounded to finish 11th, but he has shown more speed than his results this season indicate.

“It was unfortunate in that first corner,” Bisceglia said. “It was just something that happened. I’m excited for this weekend and doing what I can do.”

Bisceglia, in his second full season in Supercross, is still learning what it takes to compete at the highest level in the sport, but he knows that with a little luck he can reach the podium soon.

“I’ve got to keep looking ahead,” Bisceglia said. “I need to learn from what I saw in Anaheim.”

12 Jan, 2015

Stewart rebounds to snare Phoenix podium for GEICO Honda

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PHOENIX (Jan. 10) — GEICO Honda rider Malcolm Stewart bounced back from a difficult first weekend with the team to score a podium finish during the Monster Energy Supercross 250cc race Saturday night at Chase Field.

Teammate Matt Bisceglia is hoping for a similar rebound at next weekend’s race after some poor luck in the Valley of the Sun.

Stewart went down early in the Anaheim race and finished 22nd. Then, in his heat race here, he went down after tangling with another rider. Stewart battled back but finished one position out of an automatic transfer spot.

That put him in the last-chance qualifier, and he didn’t let the opportunity slip away. Stewart charged from third to first on the first lap and pulled away to the win.

He made another good start in the main event to get the lead, though Cooper Webb slipped past him. Still, Stewart was all smiles after getting on the podium with a second-place finish.

“I got a good start,” Stewart said. “I don’t know how, but I got a good start and held on. Honestly, I just put my head down and tried to ride the best race I could.”

The two riders put on a hard-nosed battle, though Webb was a tick faster.

“I knew Cooper was catching me,” Stewart said. “I could see it on the Jumbotron, but I knew Cooper would show me some respect. He was fast, and all I knew is that I needed to stay up. It paid off tonight, and I want to keep building from here.”

Stewart thanked his brother, Supercross star James Stewart, for some sage advice.

“I can’t thank my brother enough,” Stewart said. “I was so down after Anaheim 1, and then I went to the LCQ (here). I talked to him, and he told me to forget about everything and go out there and have fun. That’s what I did.”

Bisceglia didn’t have much fun in the Phoenix main after a first-lap crash caused by another rider.

“Somebody hit me from the back, and I went into a hay bale,” Bisceglia said. “Then Shane McElrath fell over on me, and I had nowhere to go. My bike went straight up his bike. I ended up going down.”

Bisceglia got up and fought back to an 11th-place effort, salvaging as good a finish as possible.

“I was pretty much in dead last, but I came back as far as I could,” Bisceglia said. “I fought for as long as I could and came back as far as I could. It was all I could do.

“We’ll move on to next weekend and hopefully get some more good starts — and fight.”

08 Jan, 2015

Smith’s Supercross journey commences in Cincinnati

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CINCINNATI (Jan. 8) — Entering his rookie season with the GEICO Honda team, 250 rider Jordon Smith will make his start in the AMSOIL Arenacross circuit this weekend in Cincinnati.

“I’m pumped to be back out on the gate,” Smith said. “Plus, this is the first time in a long time that I am 100 percent healthy. I’m really excited and I think it should be a good weekend.”

Starting in 2014, a new rule was implemented that required rookie riders who wished to obtain their 250 Monster Energy Supercross license to complete the Ricky Carmichael Road to Success program, which involves riders qualifying for three night programs at a minimum of three different events on the AMSOIL Arenacross schedule. Smith hopes to obtain his Supercross license in time to compete in the 2015 East Supercross Series.

“My path to Supercross is my ultimate goal,” Smith said. “That’s what I’ve been focusing on with all my training, but I think that running in the Arenacross races will help with my experience. Hopefully, I can learn something there that I can carry over to Supercross.”

Competing alongside other riders looking to obtain their Supercross license as well, Smith knows that the intensity will be ramped up at the first Arenacross race.

“For sure this first Arenacross is going to have a lot of bar-breaking,” Smith said. “There’s going to be a lot of good guys, including a lot of amateurs, doing the same thing I’m doing. It should make it really interesting.

“I’m ready to go out there, show my speed, and hopefully win. I’m not exactly sure what to expect of who all will be there, but it should be a good race no matter what.”

Delayed coverage of the AMSOIL Arenacross season opener in Cincinnati starts at 1 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.

07 Jan, 2015

Bisceglia, Stewart head to Phoenix poised to challenge for podium

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PHOENIX (Jan. 6) — Drawing on the high points from last Saturday’s season opener in Anaheim, Calif., GEICO Honda 250SX West riders Matt Bisceglia and Malcolm Stewart are anxious to resume their championship fights this weekend at Chase Field.

Following a late-race rally last weekend, Bisceglia is self-assured in his ability to gain ground in the Arizona desert.

“I have a lot of confidence right now,” Bisceglia said. “I want to be more aggressive; I think that’s the only thing missing for me. When I get in certain situations I need to be the one that pushes through, not the other guys. The competition is at a level where you have to be the aggressor.

“I’ll work on my starts all week. You always want good starts; that can make such a huge difference. The aggression is more a state of mind, and I’ll have that from the first practice session in Phoenix. We only have nine races in the 250 level, so they’re all important. I don’t want to miss out on any points.

“I’m ready to be on the podium at every race, starting now.”

Also looking to make improvements from the season opener, Stewart knows the key to his success in Phoenix will be harnessing his enthusiasm.

“I think I was maybe too excited for Anaheim 1 and to race,” Stewart said. “I was loving every moment of it, but honestly I got too excited. I wasn’t necessarily focusing on the outcome of the race like I should have been. I was trying to throw down the fastest laps and push it harder. That’s what I’m supposed to do in practice, not the race.

“Knowing that now, moving forward will be more about being patient and letting it come to me. I’ll be better off for Phoenix. I know I have the bike to get it done. I just can’t rush it. I need to let the spots come to me.”

Despite the outcome in Anaheim, Stewart’s focus hasn’t wavered from his ultimate goals for his 2015 season.

“I have to be on the box every night; that’s my biggest goal,” Stewart said. “I lost a lot of points in Anaheim 1, but I’m not concerned. I’m still going to focus on getting up on the podium and winning as many races as I can.”

Live coverage of the event starts at 9 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1 from Phoenix.

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06 Jan, 2015

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