AMA-SX: 2009 Jacksonville results

Stewart wins tenth of the season

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Apr. 07, 2009
James Stewart won his tenth win of the season to cut Chad Reed’s lead in the AMA Supercross standings to five points.

Racing before 31,653 fans at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium in his home state, San Manuel Yamaha’s Stewart out-dueled Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Reed, winning by 3.664 seconds.

Reed took an early advantage passing teammate and holeshot winner Mike Alessi on the second turn with Stewart on his tail. Stewart kept looking for a chance to pass but Reed held him off for the first half of the 20-lap race.

Stewart finally found his opening on lap 13 and briefly took the lead but Reed soon reeled him in and pulled ahead once more. A lap later, Stewart took advantage of another opening to gain the lead, this time for good.

“It was great to get such a good start on the Rockstar Makita Suzuki RM-Z450 and to get out front and lead a few laps,” says Reed. “James Stewart rode a good race and I can’t take anything away from him. I needed that little kick in the butt.”

James Stewart soars to victory in the first AMA Supercross race held in Jacksonville.Stewart’s win, his tenth in 14 races this season, ties him with Jeremy McGrath for most victories by a Yamaha rider in one season. The win was also the 35th in his career, but Stewart’s focus is on the championship, not his personal records. Despite holding a 10-3 edge in race victories, Stewart remains 5 points behind Reed with three rounds remaining. The battle for the title has been fierce; Stewart says he and Reed collided over the triple jump during the race.

“The championship’s on the line, and there is tension. If I threw dirt at (Reed), or he threw dirt at me, we’re going to flare up, and it’s just part of racing,” says Stewart. “He rode great tonight. I can’t take anything away from him, and for me, I just came out on the better end. I have a week off to regroup, and we’ll see what happens.”

Geico Powersports Honda’s Kevin Windham finished third for his second podium result of the season.

The 2009 AMA Supercross series continues at Qwest Field in Seattle, Wash. on April 18.

2009 AMA Supercross top five standings
Pos. Rider Team Points
1st Chad Reed Rockstar Makita Suzuki 315
2nd James Stewart San Manuel Yamaha 310
3rd Andrew Short Honda Red Bull Racing 225
4th Kevin Windham Geico Powersports Honda 193
5th Josh Grant Joe Gibbs Racing 193