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AMA SX: James Stewart wins at Phoenix


by Luc Fradette

A huge crowd filled Chase Field in Phoenix for the second race of the AMA Supercross championship to watch Yamaha’s James Stewart take his first win of the season after finishing second in the season opener in Anaheim.

Right at the start of the Class 450 main event, Stewart took the holeshot with Honda’s Kevin Windham and Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey following closely. However, Stewart went on to win with a wire-to-wire victory despite a tough challenge from week one winner Ryan Villopoto (Kawasaki).

“This track was tough tonight but I haven’t won in over a year so I really wanted this one, said Stewart”.

On Lap 9, Villopoto, who was mere bike lengths behind Stewart, fell but was able to remount in second and carry it to the finish.

Rookie and American Honda rider Trey Canard finished third improving on his previous rank of fourth in Anaheim while Chad Reed (Honda) and series champion Ryan Dungey rounded up the top 5.

Supercross Class 450 Round 2 Results: Phoenix
Pos. Rider Bike

1. James Stewart Yamaha
2. Ryan Villopoto Kawasaki
3. Trey Canard Honda
4. Chad Reed Honda
5. Ryan Dungey Suzuki
6. Justin Brayton, Yamaha
7. Andrew Short KTM
8. Brett Metcalfe Suzuki
9. Kyle Chisholm Yamaha
10. Kyle Regal Yamaha

Supercross Class Season Standings after 2 rounds
Pos. Rider Bike Points

1. Ryan Villopoto Kawasaki – 47
2. James Stewart Yamaha – 45
3. Trey Canard Honda – 38
4. Ryan Dungey Suzuki – 38
5. Chad Reed Honda – 34
6. Brett Metcalfe Suzuki – 26
7. Andrew Short KTM – 25
8. Kyle Chisholm Yamaha – 22
9. Ivan Tedesco Kawasaki – 21
10. Justin Brayton Yamaha – 20