Designed by the legendary Ricky Carmichael, the 2011 Daytona Supercross track had a very challenging layout.
One rider who quickly adapted to the Supercross track Saturday evening was San Manuel Yamaha’s James Stewart, but he would later crash. Regardless of hitting the dirt, the Haines, Fla., remounted to take ninth at Daytona.
Stewart would get the holeshot at round nine of 17 in the AMA Supercross Series, and would quickly have a six-second lead over the field. But on the fourth lap, Stewart failed to negotiate the entrance to the Triple correctly, and was thrown over the Yamaha’s handlebars.
Stewart was a bit dazed, but remounted almost a lap down. He would battle his way from the back of the Supercross pack to finish ninth.
James Stewart (San Manuel Yamaha Supercross) says: "I really thought I had that one. I totally didn’t expect to wheelie into the face of that jump. I can live with it because I don’t feel like I did anything wrong.
"I’ll never quit. It’s not about how hard you go down, it’s about how hard you fight when you get up. I am a little sore now but fine and I have to say a big thank you to the fans; they gave me a standing ovation at the end of the race."
The race victory went to Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto, who now leads over Stewart by 23 points. Chad Reed finished in second place, and the reigning champion Ryan Dungey (Rockstar Makita Suzuki RMZ450) took third.
Stewart’s Yamaha teammate Kyle Regal was unable to participate in Daytona’s race, due to breaking his wrist during practice earlier that week. Regal will be out for the rest of the Supercross series, but will continue to be a part of Team San Manuel.
A very talented and promising new member of the Team San Manuel program, Regal has posted excellent results in what would be his first full year competing in the Supercross Series, where he’s consistently qualified for the Main Event every week.
News of his injury comes with both disappointment on the riders behalf and words of encouragement from all of the Teams sponsors who recognize his great potential as a rider. "We value his contribution to the program to date and wish him all the best for a speedy recovery" said a representative of San Manuel.
2011 Daytona International Speedway Supercross Results
1. Ryan Villopoto Kawasaki USA 26’40.866
2. Chad Reed Honda AUS 0’06.507
3. Ryan Dungey Suzuki USA 0’09.351
4. Andrew Short KTM USA 0’45.842
5. David D Millsaps Yamaha USA 0’53.120
6. Justin Brayton Yamaha USA 0’59.105
7. Kevin Windham Honda USA 1’04.682
8. Ken Roczen KTM GER 1’14.318
9. James Stewart Yamaha USA 1’30.202
10. Mike Alessi KTM USA -1Laps
11. Ivan Tedesco Kawasaki USA -1Laps
12. Matt Boni Kawasaki USA -1Laps
13. Trey Canard Honda USA -1Laps
14. Michael Byrne Yamaha AUS -1Laps
15. Nicholas Wey Yamaha USA -1Laps
AMA Supercross Rider Standings (After Race 9 of 17)
1. Ryan Villopoto Kawasaki USA 196
2. James Stewart Yamaha USA 173
3. Chad Reed Honda AUS 172
4. Ryan Dungey Suzuki USA 165
5. Trey Canard Honda USA 154
6. Andrew Short KTM USA 128
7. Brett Metcalfe Suzuki AUS 107
8. Justin Brayton Yamaha USA 105
9. David D Millsaps Yamaha USA 104
10. Kevin Windham Honda USA 89
11. Ivan Tedesco Kawasaki USA 88
12. Nicholas Wey Yamaha USA 69
13. Kyle Regal Yamaha USA 60
14. Mike Alessi KTM USA 57
15. Chris Blose Kawasaki USA 50
16. Kyle Chisholm Yamaha USA 46
19. Weston Peick Yamaha USA 24
22. Thomas Hahn Yamaha USA 17
24. Austin Stroupe Yamaha USA 15
26. Vince Friese Yamaha USA 12
27. Michael Byrne Yamaha AUS 12
31. Jeff Alessi Yamaha USA 3
32. Antonio Balbi Yamaha BRA 2