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5 Points Separate Reed and Stewart in AMA Supercross

Stewart/Reed Rivalry Heats up as Monster Energy Supercross Heads to Seattle.

Earlier this year, Team San Manuel Yamaha’s James Stewart, of Haines City, Fla., put together a seven-race win streak after starting the season in 19th place. It’s been a year of playing catch up for Stewart, who is the 2007 AMA Supercross class champion, and his win at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium brought him within five points of current leader Chad Reed. This Saturday as Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM World Championship, returns to Seattle’s Qwest Field, he has his sights on his third consecutive win and a shot at closing Reed’s lead to just two points.

At the last AMA Supercross class race, Stewart earned his 10th win of the season at the inaugural Monster Energy Supercross race at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium. The win was pivotal in Stewart’s pursuit of his second AMA Supercross class championship. Rockstar/Makita Suzuki’s Mike Alessi, of Victorville, Calif., started the AMA Supercross class main event by grabbing the holeshot followed closely by his teammate Reed. Reed moved past Alessi in turn two and secured the lead while Stewart snuck into second place.

Stewart tried to set Reed up in a few different sections but the Australian held his ground. Stewart stalked Reed for 13 long laps before he made a pass on the defending champion. Reed answered back and took over the lead on the same lap. Just one lap later, Stewart re-passed Reed and rode to his second career double-digit win season. Reed finished second and GEICO Powersports Honda’s Kevin Windham, of Centerville, Miss. brought home third.

While battling for the lead in Jacksonville, Stewart and Reed collided in the air over the massive triple jump. Following the race, Reed questioned Stewart’s tactic.

"I learned a lot tonight," said Reed. "I learned how he wants to play the game. When you jump across someone in the air, that is not cool, and I don’t want to play like that. I told him that if he wants to be dangerous and crazy and try and put me in the hospital like he did my teammate, I will do it too. He rode solid, but I don’t appreciate mid-air collisions on triples. I’ve have never given up at any point of my career, and I am going to keep fighting all the way down to Las Vegas."

"It was a fun race, and obviously I came out on the better end," said Stewart. "We did get close over the triple and that was scary. He went to the inside, and I was on the outside. I almost went down and he almost went down. That was not fun."

Ryan Dungey leads Jake Weimer by two points heading into Seattle in the Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites class

Just one week after clinching the Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites class championship, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Christophe Pourcel, of Corona, Calif., won his fifth main event of the season.

With the Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites class championship in the record book, the top contenders in the Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites class will resume their title chase. Leading the points standings is Rockstar/Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey with Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer on his heels just two points back.

Dungey and Weimer are knotted at three wins apiece heading into this weekend’s race. The two front runners are the only riders in the class to earn victories in 2009. Weimer’s teammate Ryan Morais is in third place, trailing by nine points.

At last year’s race in Seattle, Windham won his second consecutive AMA Supercross class race in front of 48,328 fans at Qwest Field. Yamaha’s Jason Lawrence, of Carlsbad, Calif., won the Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites class championship.

Honda Red Bull Racing’s Andrew Short, of Smithville, Texas, won the $1,500 Progressive Holeshot Award to start the AMA Supercross class main event, but Windham quickly passed him and moved into the lead. Reed came into Seattle last year 13 points ahead of Windham and crashed in turn one, forcing him to start in last place.

On lap two, while leading, Windham suffered a mechanical malfunction when a banner got tied up in his back wheel. He stopped his bike and removed the banner from the rear wheel, dropping back to sixth place. Windham charged back through the field and re-captured the lead on lap 17. Reed charged his way to second place with a last-lap pass on Short.

"I rode great tonight," said Windham last year from the podium in Seattle. "I wish I came away with more points, but that’s how it goes. I am excited to go to Las Vegas next week. It’s going to be a great race."

The AMA Supercross Lites class race will air on CBS Sports Sunday, April 19 at Noon EST and the AMA Supercross Lites class will air on SPEED Sunday, April 19 at 6:00 p.m. EST.

From 1978-1999, AMA Supercross class races were held at the now defunct Seattle King Dome. Washington native Larry Ward won his first AMA Supercross race in Seattle in 1990, and in 1999, Ward won the last AMA Supercross race of his career in Seattle. Rick Johnson holds the all-time AMA Supercross class win record in Seattle with seven. Jeff Matiasevich holds the all-time AMA Supercross Lites class record in Seattle with seven.

Past Winners in Seattle AMA Supercross Class

April 26, 2008: Kevin Windham

April 28, 2007: James Stewart

April 29, 2006: James Stewart

April 23, 2005: James Stewart

January 30, 1999: Larry Ward

January 31, 1998: Jeremy McGrath

February 1, 1997: Doug Henry

February 3, 1996: Jeremy McGrath

February 4, 1995: Jeremy McGrath

May 7, 1994: Mike Kiedrowski

January 30, 1993: Jeremy McGrath

February 1, 1992: Damon Bradshaw

February 2, 1991: Jean-Michael Bayle

February 17, 1990: Larry Ward

February 4, 1989: Rick Johnson

February 5, 1989: Rick Johnson

February 13, 1988: Rick Johnson

February 14, 1988: Ron Lechien

March 28, 1987: Rick Johnson

March 29, 1987: Rick Johnson

February 15, 1986: Jeff Ward

February 16, 1986: Rick Johnson

February 8, 1985: Ron Lechien

February 9, 1985: Ron Lechien

February 11, 1984: Jeff Ward

February 12, 1984: Rick Johnson

February 12, 1983: Bob Hannah

February 13, 1983: Bob Hannah

February 13, 1982: Donnie Hansen

February 14, 1982: Mark Barnett

February 14, 1981: Darrell Shultz

February 15, 1981: Darrell Shultz

February 9, 1980: Mike Bell

February 10, 1980: Mike Bell

February 9, 1979: Mike Bell

February 10, 1979: Bob Hannah

February 18, 1978: Jim Ellis

AMA Supercross Lites Class

April 26, 2008: Ryan Dungey

April 28, 2007: Ryan Villopoto

April 29, 2006: James Stewart

April 23, 2005: James Stewart

January 30, 1999: Nathan Ramsey

January 31, 1998: David Vuillemin

February 1, 1997: David Vuillemin

February 3, 1996: Kevin Windham

February 4, 1995: Damon Huffman

May 7, 1994: Ryan Hughes

January 30, 1993: Phil Lawrence

February 1, 1992: Jeremy McGrath

February 2, 1991: Jeremy McGrath

February 17, 1990: Ty Davis

February 4, 1989: Jeff Matiasevich

February 5, 1989: Jeff Matiasevich

February 13, 1988: Jeff Matiasevich

February 14, 1988: Jeff Matiasevich

March 28, 1987: Donnie Schmit

March 29, 1987: Kyle Lewis

February 15, 1986: Willie Surratt

February 16, 1986: Donnie Schmit

February 8, 1985: Bader Manneh

February 9, 1985: Mike Healey

AMA Supercross Class Results, Jacksonville

1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha
2. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Suzuki
3. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda
4. Josh Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Yamaha
5. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda
6. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., Suzuki
7. Thomas Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Kawasaki
8. Kyle Chisholm, Valrico, Fla., Yamaha
9. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Honda
10. Billy Laninovich, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Kawasaki

AMA Supercross Class Season Standings

1. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Suzuki, 315
2. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha, 310
3. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda, 225
4. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha, 193
5. Ivan Tedesco, Tallahassee, Fla., Honda, 193
6. Kevin Windham, Centerville, Miss., Honda, 193
7. Mike Alessi, Apple Valley, Calif., Suzuki, 185
8. Davi Millsaps, Tallahassee, Fla., Honda, 168
9. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 165
10. Josh Hill, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha, 146

Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites Class Results, San Diego

1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki
2. Ryan Morais, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki
3. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki
4. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda
5. Ryan Sipes, Vine Grove, Ky., KTM
6. Justin Brayton, Murrieta, Calif., KTM
7. Chris Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Honda
8. Jake Moss, Temecula, Calif., Honda
9. Jeff Alessi, Victorville, Calif., Honda
10. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Suzuki

Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites Class Season Standings

1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki, 135

2. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki, 133

3. Ryan Morais, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki, 124

4. Justin Brayton, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 103

5. Ryan Sipes, Vine Grove, Ky., KTM, 85

6. Chris Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Honda, 82

7. Dan Reardon, Menifee, Calif., Honda, 59

8. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda, 54

9. Jeff Alessi, Victorville, Calif., Honda, 51

10. P.J. Larsen, Stanley, N.C., Kawasaki, 51

Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites Class Results, Jacksonville

11. Christophe Pourcel, Corona, Calif., Kawasaki
12. Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, KTM
13. Austin Stroupe, Lincolnton, N.C., Kawasaki
14. Darryn Durham, Wildomar, Texas, Yamaha
15. Blake Wharton, Pilot Point, Texas, Honda
16. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha
17. Branden Jesseman, New Brighton, Pa., Kawasaki
18. Matt Lemoine, Collinsville, Texas, Yamaha
19. Matthew Goerke, Lake Helen, Fla., Suzuki
20. Steven Clarke, Cairo, Ga., Suzuki

Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites Class Season Standings

11. Christophe Pourcel, Corona, Calif., Kawasaki, 181

12. Austin Stroupe, Lincolnton, N.C., Kawasaki, 148

13. Nico Izzi, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 119

14. Blake Wharton, Pilot Point, Texas, Honda, 118

15. Branden Jesseman, New Brighton, Pa., Kawasaki, 105

16. Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, KTM, 105

17. Matt Lemoine, Collinsville, Texas, 95

18. Matthew Goerke, Lake Helen, Fla., Suzuki, 94

19. Daniel Blair, Modesto, Calif., Honda, 85

20. Steven Clarke, Cairo, Ga., Suzuki, 82

Photos by: Brian Robinette and Frank Hoppen 

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