U.S. Open Champion Stewart announces title defense

Defending Rockstar Energy Drink U.S. Open champion and recently crowned AMA Supercross class champion James Stewart, of Haines City, Fla., announced today that he will defend his title at this year's race inside Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena October 9-11.

At last year's Rockstar Energy Drink U.S. Open, Stewart capped of a stellar 1-1 weekend en route to winning his second championship at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. It was a special win for Stewart, who was competing aboard a new bike and new team for the first-time in his professional career.

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"The U.S. Open is a part of preparation for myself and the San Manuel Yamaha Race Team leading into the 2010 season," said Stewart. "Last year, the U.S. Open was my first race with my new team and it turned out to be a great weekend. I had only ridden a Yamaha about four times before heading to Las Vegas to race in the U.S. Open and this year will be similar to last year because we have a completely new motorcycle that I will be racing. The U.S. Open is one of our steps for preparing for the 2010."

"As the defending Rockstar Energy Drink U.S. Open champion, it's great to have James' support in this unique race once again," said Dave Prater, director of supercross, Feld Entertainment Motor Sports. "James persevered at last year's race to win the second Rockstar Energy Drink U.S. Open championship of his career. A win this year for James can tie him on the all-time win list with Ricky Carmichael."

At the 2006 race inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Stewart swept both nights of racing en route to his first Rockstar Energy Drink U.S. Open title. During the two-night race, Stewart beat defending Rockstar Energy Drink U.S. Open champion Ricky Carmichael.

Tickets for the 2009 Rockstar Energy Drink U.S. Open are available at Ticketmaster locations, Carter Powersports (located at 6275 South Decatur Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89118) the MGM Grand Garden Arena box office at (800) 745-3000.


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