As the sold-out crowd of 45,050 roared at the start of the pre-race rider introductions at the supercross series' season opener at Angel Stadium, one rider was noticeably missing: James Stewart.
At first no one was quite sure why Stewart, the series champion in 2007 and 2009, was not on his Yoshimura Suzuki motorcycle. After all, the Floridian had posted the fastest time during qualifying.
But it turned out that during practice Stewart also had twisted his right knee, so he used the time during the rider introductions to ice and elevate the knee.
"I didn't fall over, I just caught my knee wrong," he said.
Stewart, 27, then rode a conservative race in the 20-lap main event Saturday night, finishing eighth in a race won by David Millsaps of Murrieta.