Dodger Stadium SX
The third round of 17 in the 2011 AMA Supercross series saw San Manuel LandM Yamaha’s James Stewart take a third consecutive podium finish with second position.
Across a slippery and difficult track inside the inaugural setting of the Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Stewart was joined at the top of the leader-board by JGR’s Justin Brayton who rode to fifth on his Yamaha YZ450F.
The unroofed arena in the heart of LA became the 40th venue to host an AMA SX event and provided a slick and challenging layout for the riders of the premier class and the West Coast Lites competition.
Stewart, who celebrated his 38th career victory last week in Phoenix and is now joint-third on the all-time winners list, made a reasonably good start and was able to seize the lead early in the 20 lap Main Event after Brett Metcalfe crashed and he overtook reigning champion Ryan Dungey.
The 2009 No.1 would only front the field until mid-race distance when he made a mistake; the 25-year-old Floridian’s front wheel slipped away but was able to recover and place his YZ450F into the runner-up slot behind Ryan Villopoto before the chequered flag.
James Stewart (Yamaha Supercross) says: "I got into the lead and then Ryan ran into me, and it was like, ‘All right, let’s go…’ and then I just came into a corner and washed the front end out. I’m very, very, very disappointed with this one. I just threw it away. I feel bad for my team because we’ve been working hard and you can’t win them on the ground. This won’t happen again."
Brayton would cross the line three seconds ahead of Kevin Windham for his best ranking of the season so far. Motoconcepts Yamaha’s Kyle Chisholm came home 10th.
After three meetings Stewart is second in the standings and trails Villopoto by 5 points. Brayton is eighth with Chisholm holding ninth. Round four takes place at the Oak-Alameda Stadium in Oakland, California next Saturday.
2011 AMA-SX United States
Dodger Stadium 24/01/2011 20 Laps
1 Ryan Villopoto Kawasaki USA 17’41.505
2 James Stewart Yamaha USA 0’04.861
3 Ryan Dungey Suzuki USA 0’06.779
4 Trey Canard Honda USA 0’10.749
5 Justin Brayton Yamaha USA 0’20.948
6 Kevin Windham Honda USA 0’24.043
7 Chad Reed Honda AUS 0’26.299
8 Brett Metcalfe Suzuki AUS 0’28.790
9 Andrew Short KTM USA 0’30.838
10 Kyle Chisholm Yamaha USA 0’38.825
11 Nicholas Wey Yamaha USA 0’49.089
12 Austin Stroupe Yamaha USA 0’54.209
13 David D Millsaps Yamaha USA 0’56.778
14 Chris Blose Kawasaki USA -1Laps
15 Tye Simmonds KTM USA -1Laps
16 Kyle Regal Yamaha USA -1Laps
20 Thomas Hahn Yamaha USA -16Laps
AMA-SX World Standing
Rider Standings After Race 3 of 17
1. Ryan Villopoto Kawasaki USA 72
2. James Stewart Yamaha USA 67
3. Ryan Dungey Suzuki USA 58
4. Trey Canard Honda USA 56
5. Chad Reed Honda AUS 48
6. Brett Metcalfe Suzuki AUS 39
7. Andrew Short KTM USA 37
8. Justin Brayton Yamaha USA 36
9. Kyle Chisholm Yamaha USA 33
10. Kevin Windham Honda USA 32
11. Nicholas Wey Yamaha USA 28
12. Kyle Regal Yamaha USA 24
13. Ivan Tedesco Kawasaki USA 23
14. David D Millsaps Yamaha USA 20
15. Chris Blose Kawasaki USA 17
16. Josh Grant Honda USA 12
18. Austin Stroupe Yamaha USA 10
20. Weston Peick Yamaha USA 8
21. Thomas Hahn Yamaha USA 7
24. Jeff Alessi Yamaha USA 3