2009 Daytona AMA-SX results

J-Law competitive in 450 class debut

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Mar. 09, 2009
Chad Reed has retaken the lead in the 2009 AMA Supercross standings after recording his second consecutive win, March 7 in Daytona Beach, Fla.

As he had in most races this season, the Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider fell behind early in the race and had to work his way back up to the front to reach the podium. 

The race began with a crash in the first turn that took down several riders including Reed’s main championship rival, James Stewart of San Manuel Yamaha.

Competing in his home race, Stewart fell off braking into the tight first turn of the Ricky Carmichael-designed Daytona track. The crash dropped Stewart to dead last while several other riders including Reed were delayed in the mess.

“I was somewhat caught up in the first turn as well. I just put my head down and James (Stewart) just came in there and grabbed a handful of front brake and washed out,” says Reed. “I was pretty much just trying to avoid the carnage.”

Reed’s teammate Mike Alessi emerged with the holeshot and led for the first two laps before being passed by J-Law Racing’s Jason Lawrence on lap three.

Jason Lawrence made an impressive debut in the 450 class with a second place finish in Daytona.The controversial Lawrence was making his debut in the 450cc Supercross class riding a Yamaha YZ450F. The 2008 West Supercross Lites champion returned from a suspension for an incident at the Jan. 31 event in San Francisco, Calif. to lead 14 of the race’s 20 laps in Daytona.

Meanwhile, Reed began to make his way through the front after finishing lap one in eighth position. Reed overtook Alessi on lap ten and took the lead on lap 17. Reed would hold on to the lead to deny Lawrence with the win in his debut.

“I would’ve been happy with anything in the top ten; honestly just to get around the track 20 times at the level of fitness I’m at right now is good,” says Lawrence.

The win gave Reed an 11-point lead over Stewart in the season standings and made up for a disappointing 2008 race at Daytona that saw Reed’s bike stall while leading by over 30 seconds on the final lap.

“It’s tough to make up for what happened last year but that walk back to the pits last year was long and this walk will definitely be much more enjoyable,” says Reed.

Lawrence finished 5.67 seconds behind for second place while Honda Red Bull Racing’s David Millsaps completed the podium in third. Stewart recovered from his first corner crash to finish seventh.

2009 AMA Supercross standings
Pos. Rider Motorcycle Time
1st Chad Reed Suzuki RM-Z450 224
2nd James Stewart Yamaha YZF-R6 213
3rd Andrew Short Honda CRF450R 163
4th Ryan Villopoto Kawasaki KX450F 153
5th Ivan Tedesco Honda CRF450R 140