James Stewart-less Yamaha misses Podium
SX Team Report
Valli Motorsports Ivan Tedesco was the top Yamaha YZ450F runner at the Jacksonville Municipal Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida for the twelfth round of seventeen in the 2010 AMA Supercross series, also and FIM World Championship.
The veteran took 5th position after seizing the Holeshot and enduring an intense battle with Davi Millsaps to the flag.
Over 38,000 spectators enter the open-roofed stadium and witnessed some exciting action across a challenging circuit that offered grippy terrain. While Tedesco enjoyed a brief run at the front and vied for his second podium result of the season, San Manuel L&M Yamaha’s Josh Hill was also trying to gain as many points as possible in his fight back to fitness. The 20 year old was able to take 7th and remains one of just two riders to have taken a top ten classification in all events to-date.
"We’ve been working on the bike a lot lately, and I think it’s starting to pay off,’ commented Tedesco, who had recovered from a complaint with his right index finger. ‘It’s no excuse, but this deal with Valli Motorsports came together pretty late, so I feel like we’ve been playing catch-up since round one. But with more rides like this, maybe it will show that we’ve caught up. I want to put this thing back up on the box before we head outdoors."
Josh Hill in Florida
"I haven’t been riding that much during the week because I’ve been trying to heal up,’ said Hill ‘this coming week off is going to do me a lot of good. I hope I’m feeling a little better for Houston because I want to end this series more like how I started it."
Muscle Milk JGR’s Justin Brayton was 9th in Jacksonville and Michael Byrne was another Yamaha rider in 10th place.
Reigning champion James Stewart – still out of action with an injured wrist – won the first ever SX main event at Jacksonville on a YZ450F last year.
Stewart was however present at the meeting in his home state to publicise his new reality TV show ‘Bubba’s World’ that aired for the first time on the channel Fuel TV Sunday evening.
In the championship standings Hill keeps third place and is 34 points away from Ryan Villopoto in second spot. Hill had earlier taken five consecutive rostrum finishes on the 2010 YZ450F but has struggled to break into the leading group since his crash and rib ailment five races ago.
Last Years Winner: James Stewart
2010 AMA SX Jacksonville
Race 1 – 20 Laps
1 Ryan Villopoto Kawasaki USA 16’19.516
2 Ryan Dungey Suzuki USA 0’05.978
3 Trey Canard Honda USA 0’07.590
4 Kevin Windham Honda USA 0’07.732
5 Ivan Tedesco Yamaha USA 0’12.603
6 David D Millsaps Honda USA 0’12.942
7 Josh Hill Yamaha USA 0’29.127
8 Thomas Hahn Suzuki USA 0’30.918
9 Justin Brayton Yamaha USA 0’33.192
10 Michael Byrne Yamaha AUS 0’38.134
11 Kyle Chisholm Yamaha USA 0’40.912
12 Nicholas Wey Kawasaki USA -1Laps
13 Matt Boni Honda USA -1Laps
14 Chris Blose Honda USA -1Laps
15 Justin Keeney Kawasaki USA -1Laps
17 Weston Peick Yamaha USA -1Laps
19 Jason Lawrence Yamaha USA -16Laps
20 Kyle Regal Yamaha USA -20Laps
RIDER STANDINGS 27/03/2010
1. Ryan Dungey Suzuki USA 261
2. Ryan Villopoto Kawasaki USA 240
3. Josh Hill Yamaha USA 206
4. David D Millsaps Honda USA 189
5. Kevin Windham Honda USA 179
6. Justin Brayton Yamaha USA 164
7. Ivan Tedesco Yamaha USA 159
8. Nicholas Wey Kawasaki USA 131
9. Kyle Chisholm Yamaha USA 115
10. Thomas Hahn Suzuki USA 113
11. Michael Byrne Yamaha AUS 110
12. Trey Canard Honda USA 103
13. Chris Blose Honda USA 86
14. Andrew Short Honda USA 69
15. Grant Langston Yamaha RSA 67
17. James Stewart Yamaha USA 51
19. Jason Lawrence Yamaha USA 42
22. Dan Reardon Yamaha USA 25
27. Weston Peick Yamaha USA 17
39. Kyle Regal Yamaha USA 2
40. Josh Grant Yamaha USA 1
MANUFACTURER STANDINGS 27/03/2010
1. Suzuki 261
2. Kawasaki 249
3. Honda 243
4. Yamaha 234
5. KTM 3
After twelve weeks without respite the AMA juggernaut rolls to a stop for Easter weekend and will commence once more with the thirteenth race of the campaign in Houston on April 10th.