AMA-SX: 2011 Anaheim II Results

Stewart wins third of the season

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Feb. 07, 2011
James Stewart won his second consecutive race and third of the season, growing his lead in the AMA Supercross standings to five points.

The San Manuel Yamaha rider had a perfect weekend, qualifying first, taking the holeshot and leading all 20 laps of the main event before 45,050 fans at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif.

“You know, I’m just comfortable on my bike this year,” says Stewart. “It’s five races in and I’m just getting comfortable racing. I was a little rusty in the beginning and we’re starting to get a little better and we’ll keep on working. “

Chad Reed James Stewart AMA Supercross Anaheim II

Second place went to Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto who returned to the podium after losing the championship lead with a fourth-place finish the previous round in Oakland. Villopoto made a small mistake early in the race which cost him a bit of time but was able to stay in second place the entire race to finish four seconds behind Stewart and 12 seconds ahead of third place finisher Chad Reed of TwoTwo Motorsports.

“I know it wasn’t my best race, but there is still a lot of racing left in the season,” says Villopoto. “I just need to stay close and be there at the end.”

Stewart, Villopoto and Reed led every lap in that order for a relatively uneventful race at the front. More interesting developments occurred behind them. Mike Alessi had a strong start in fourth place after failing to make the main event in Oakland. Riding the new KTM 350 SX-F, Alessi held fourth place over the first four laps. Alessi was not able to maintain that pace however, dropping down to finish the race in 12th.

Mike Alessi Ryan Dungey

Defending AMA Supercross Champion Ryan Dungey had a difficult race. The Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider finished the first lap in 10th place and worked his way up to sixth before his chain derailed, knocking him out of the race.

“It’s a pretty tough pill to swallow because the entire Rockstar Makita Suzuki team has been working really, really hard. I don’t know the last time we’ve had a DNF, which is pretty amazing in itself. This is a tough one and I’ll take the weekend to blow off some steam for sure because we aren’t going to quit and we aren’t going to let this keep us down.”

The 2011 AMA Supercross Championship continues Feb. 12 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. Stewart carries a 117-112 lead over Villopoto. Reed sits third at 90 points followed by fellow Honda rider Trey Canard at 87 while Dungey sits fifth at 79 points.