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San Diego AMA Supercross: Yamaha Report

Supercross Results

The rain fell hard on the Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego last Saturday for the seventh round of 17 in the AMA Supercross series – also an FIM World Championship – but over 53,000 spectators were able to witness San Manuel Yamaha’s James Stewart seal a steady third position for his sixth podium result of the season on the YZ450F.

Thanks to a first corner tumble and seventh place finish for rival Ryan Villopoto (Monster Energy Kawasaki), Stewart was able to shrink the deficit at the top of the class standings to just three points as the Supercross series now moves away from the west coast.

The San Diego SX layout demanded a measure of caution in slick and difficult circumstances and would catch out numerous stars of the Supercross category.

Stewart held second position for a lion’s share of the 20-lap main event until he stalled his race-bike with just five circulations left before the flag. He dropped to fourth but kept pushing the Yamaha and was rewarded when Houston-winner Trey Canard (American Honda) slipped off and he made it to the podium ceremony.

James Stewart (San Manuel Yamaha Supercross) says: "That rut got pretty deep out there and unfortunately I just made a small mistake. I wasn’t riding good all day. It wasn’t my kind of track, and I just tried to do my best. My team did an awesome job, though and it was a good night and a good recovery from last week, so I just want to keep it rolling."

JGR Yamaha’s Davi Millsaps posted his second consecutive top five ranking with fifth while team- mate Justin Brayton placed a third YZ450F on the leader-board with tenth place.

Stewart holds a 13 point advantage over Chad Reed, who lies in third in the table, and can potentially overhaul Villopoto if he finishes ahead of the youngster next weekend at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

Qualcomm Stadium Supercross Results: 20 Laps
1.    Chad Reed    Honda    AUS    19’01.203
2.    Ryan Dungey    Suzuki    USA    0’05.796
3.    James Stewart    Yamaha    USA    0’28.033
4.    Trey Canard    Honda    USA    0’30.252
5.    David D Millsaps    Yamaha    USA    0’32.007
6.    Andrew Short    KTM    USA    0’33.695
7.    Ryan Villopoto    Kawasaki    USA    0’34.924
8.    Brett Metcalfe    Suzuki    AUS    0’35.893
9.    Mike Alessi    KTM    USA    0’39.968
10.    Justin Brayton    Yamaha    USA    0’57.510
11.    Nicholas Wey    Yamaha    USA    -1Laps
12.    Kyle Regal    Yamaha    USA    -1Laps
13.    Fabien Izoird    Kawasaki    FRA    -1Laps
14.    Chris Blose    Kawasaki    USA    -1Laps
15.    Ivan Tedesco    Kawasaki    USA    -1Laps
16.    Michael Byrne    Yamaha    AUS    -2Laps
18.    Austin Stroupe    Yamaha    USA    -11Laps
19.    Weston Peick    Yamaha    USA    -13Laps

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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