Arlington Supercross: Stewart Report

2011 AMA Supercross

Following Toronto Supercross, James Stewart had two major issues: the San Manuel Yamaha rider dropped to fourth in the AMA Supercross Championship, and he was arrested the following Monday on charges of impersonating an officer in Florida.

In a Yamaha statement, Stewart said he was sorry for the alleged incident in Florida. He also said he was ready to garner some additional points at Cowboys Stadium Supercross in Arlington Saturday.

But typical of the last few races, James Stewart had some contact with another rider during the 20-lap main, though he battled back to take fourth.

Midway through the Supercross race, Stewart lost control of his Yamaha YZ450F in the whoops. He then collided with his rival, Two-Two Motorsports Honda’s Chad Reed.

Both SX riders were able to remount, and Stewart battled his way to a fourth-place finish behind race-winner Trey Canard (American Honda), Ryan Villopoto (Monster Energy Kawasaki) and Ryan Dungey (Rockstar Maktita Suzuki). Reed would finish eighth.

James Stewart (San Manuel Yamaha Supercross0 says: “There have just been some unfortunate incidents here and there, just with the racing; Jacksonville, Daytona, Atlanta… You know, it’s definitely been tough, for sure, but like I said, I think the positive is that I’ve been riding good, and we’ll just keep fighting.”

“My thing wasn’t a blatant take-out, so I can’t really fix that, you know? I swapped through the whoops and thank god he was there because I would probably have been eating popcorn in the stands.”

“With everything that happened I was still here this weekend trying my best. And again, things didn’t go right in the race but I’ll be there next week and will keep it going.”

This is the third consecutive race that Stewart didn’t finish on the podium. Stewart is now in fifth-place in the Supercross Championship, 21 points behind leader Villopoto.

James Stewart still has a chance for his third Supercross title, considering 100 points are left in the remaining four rounds: St Louis, Seattle, Salt Lake City and Las Vegas will take place in the coming weeks as the indoor spectacle draws to a close.

2011 AMA Supercross Championship Point Standings (after 13 of 17 races)

  1.  Ryan Villopoto Kawasaki USA 255
  2.  Chad Reed Honda AUS 249
  3.  Ryan Dungey Suzuki USA 248
  4.  Trey Canard Honda USA 239
  5.  James Stewart Yamaha USA 234