AMA-SX: 2011 San Diego Results

Reed wins a rainy race

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Feb. 22, 2011
Chad Reed earned his first win of the 2011 AMA Supercross season in a rainy race in front of 53,342 fans in San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium.

Racing for his own TwoTwo Motorsports Honda team, Reed took the holeshot and led 17 of 20 laps for the win.

“This is incredible,” says Reed. “I‘ve put so much work into this team to make it the best it can be. To win with your name on your chest makes everything so much better. This one is emotional. I just followed Trey (Canard) because he was showing me some lines. When he went down, it became just about putting together 20 clean laps.”

Chad Reed TwoTwo Motorsports

American Honda’s Trey Canard, coming off his first AMA Supercross win last week in Houston, had a strong start in San Diego and led for a couple of laps before falling on lap six. Canard was able to remount but the mistake gave Reed the lead for good.

San Manuel Yamaha’s James Stewart also took advantage of Canard’s fall, moving into second place. Stewart would hold onto second place for several laps before his engine stalled on lap 15, allowing Canard and Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey to pass.

“That rut got pretty deep out there and unfortunately I just made a small mistake,” says Stewart. “I wasn’t riding good all day. It wasn’t my kind of track, and I just tried to do my best. My team did an awesome job, though and it was a good night and a good recovery from last week, so I just want to keep it rolling.”

James Stewart San Manuel Yamaha

Not long afterward, Canard had his second fall of the race, losing ground to Dungey and Stewart. Dungey would finish second, nearly six seconds behind Reed. Stewart completed the podium finishing just ahead of Canard.

“The track was actually in pretty decent shape at the start of the Main,” says Dungey. “I got a great start right up with the front guys and really tried to put my Rockstar Makita Suzuki in a good position and make no mistakes because the rain was coming down. The track was getting greasy so I just tried to keep my lap times good and not make any mistakes.”

Ryan Dungey Rockstar Makita Suzuki

After seven rounds, the championship race remains wide open with four different racers with a win. Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto holds onto the lead despite a seventh-place result in San Diego. Villopoto leads Stewart 146-143. Reed and Canard are tied at 130 points while Dungey rounds out the top five with 123 points.

The 2011 AMA Supercross Championship continues Feb. 26 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga.