2011 AMA Supercross
James Stewart’s eight-race losing streak came to a quick end Saturday night in Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Round 14 of the 2011 AMA Supercross Championship.
The Team San Manuel Yamaha rider began St. Louis Supercross by winning his heat race. During the heat, Stewart started in the top 10, but battled his way to the front to take the eventual win. Stewart also set the fastest lap of the day during his heat.
When the main Supercross event got underway, JS7 started in third behind Hart & Huntington/Dodge Motorsports Kawasaki’s Ivan Tedesco and the reigning Supercross Champion, Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey.
On the second lap, Stewart took the lead, immediately opening up a five-second gap over the field. he held the position, taking the checkered flag. Joining Stewart on the podium were Dungey and Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto.
James Stewart (San Manuel Yamaha YZ450F) says: “Wow! That was pretty special out there tonight,” Stewart said. “I was able to get a halfway decent start and started making up for some things. I’ve been really trying and this weekend really came through for me. I can’t thank my fans, my team, my sponsors, and my family enough. You guys are the reason I’m still here.”
“Man, I was more emotional there than winning the championship. For me, it was just everything. I guess the last eight weeks just started coming out of me and I just couldn’t hold it in. I was trying to. It was just special. When you can’t do right on or off the track, having my sponsors say, ‘we still stick behind you even after some losses,’ and the fans still cheering and all that; I just think it was special. And, for me, it was super-emotional.”
Stewart regained his fourth-place position in the 2011 AMA Supercross Championship, 16 behind the leader, Villopoto.