James Stewart Rules A2 Supercross
Anaheim 2 Results
The San Manuel Indians must be proud of James "Bubba" Stewart (2011 Yamaha YZ450F) as he rode to victory in round five of the 2011 AMA Supercross season with a dominating performance at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif. on Feb. 5.
While the rest of the country seemed locked in a deep freeze, mild California weather greeted Supercross fans at Anaheim 2 for a thrilling night. Track conditions proved tricky, as a combination of hard-packed dirt and loose sand demanded maximum suspension adjust-ability and constant vigilance from the riders.
Regardless, Stewart won the first heat race with ease, while Ryan Dungey (2011 Suzuki RM-Z450) claimed the second heat. But it was Bubba’s night in the main event, as the Yamaha star grabbed the holeshot through a flat and fast first turn.
What happened next was truly awe-inspiring though. Stewart instantaneously gained several bike lengths through the first rhythm section… And then several more as he bravely quad-jumped through the next.
Essentially, the Yamaha YZ rider gaped the entire SX field in just three corners, and after that he was unchallenged to the checkered flag. The quad jumps were the difference as title contender Ryan Villopoto (2011 Kawasaki KX450F) admitted in the post race interview that he cased-it on the first time he tried.
The event marked the Yamaha YZ 450 F racer’s third win of the SX racing season as he increased his lead to five points over event runner-up Ryan Villopoto and an impressive 27 points over third-place podium finisher Chad Reed (2011 Honda CRF450R).
Jim Perry (Yamaha Supercross Team) says: "All day long, from practice through the heat race and 20-lap main event, that is probably the best I have seen James Stewart ride in a long time," exclaimed Yamaha Supercross team manager. "He definitely brought his A-game to Angel Stadium tonight."
James Stewart (2011 Yamaha YZ450F) says: "I am so proud of everyone on my team for making this happen. It’s awesome to come here and win in front of a sold-out crowd – but I am out here racing against the best guys in the world, so it’s never easy."
The 2011 SX championship moves over to Houston, Texas where the Supercross Lites East series will begin and the West SX Lites riders take a break.