2011 AMA Supercross
Saturday evening’s AMA Supercross race at Rogers Centre, Toronto, went much smoother than the Jacksonville event for San Manuel Yamaha’s James Stewart.
The Haines City, Fla., native placed his Yamaha YZ450F in fourth after a very concentrated effort.
Before 45,000 Supercross fans in Toronto, Stewart got a good start. But similar to the previous SX race weekend in Jacksonville, Stewart hit the dirt in the first corner. He remounted quickly, and then had another crash with Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto.
Stewart also quickly recovered from that crash, and went on to finish fourth after some impressive passing. Stewart admits he has been making mistakes; his DNF at Jacksonville was only the fifth time in 71 starts that he had finished outside the top 10.
James Stewart (San Manuel Yamaha Supercross) says: “I’m just making way too many mistakes. I’m making it hard on myself, but in the end I wanted to be smart and take what I could get this week, so I didn’t push too hard to chase the guys up front. There are still five rounds left, and that’s a lot of racing.”
Due to his finish, Stewart is now in fourth place, 20 points behind the Supercross series’ new leader, Two-Two Motorsports Honda rider Chad Reed. In second three points behind Reed is Villopoto. Stewart trails the reigning Supercross Champion, Ryan Dungey, by 12 points.
With five rounds remaining in the 2011 AMA Supercross season (Arlington, St Louis, Seattle, Salt Lake City and Las Vegas), Stewart still has a shot at another Supercross title.