San Manuel Yamaha’s James Stewart appears to be back to form with his second consecutive win. Stewart took the lead after passing holeshot winner Ivan Tedesco on the first lap and led all 20 laps for his fifth win of the season. Stewart would cross the finish 2.670 seconds ahead of Geico Honda rider Kevin Windham.
“It was coming easy for me. I had some good lines through the whoops and once I got a lead, you know, I just kind of backed it down and just kept the gap like it was,” says Stewart. “I felt good all day. The bike was working fantastic, really good. I knew the ruts … you know, the track was going to get technical. I was trying to just play it smart and I was able to get a good lead and make it happen after that.”
Third across the finish was Chad Reed of TwoTwo Motorsports. Points leader and Seattle native Ryan Villopoto finished in fourth place, overcoming a first-corner crash that dropped the Monster Energey Kawasaki rider back to 10th after the first lap. Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey, another title contender, also crashed on the first lap but recovered to finish fifth.
“The track was really gnarly tonight. It kinda wanted to just come up and bite you, especially by the end of the 20 laps,” says Dungey. “I got off to a decent start, but I fell down in the first lap and I think I was near last. But at that point, I just put my head down and tried to pick off as many guys as I could and was able to move up and finish fifth.”
Villopoto remains in the lead for the 2011 Championship with 293 points. Reed’s podium finish moved him up to second with 287 points, just ahead of Dungey’s 286 points. Stewart isn’t far behind with 284 points. With just nine points separating the title contenders and two rounds remaining, all four riders have a chance to win the championship.
The 2011 AMA Supercross season will take a one-week break before resuming April 30 at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah. The season will conclude the following week on May 7 at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nev.