2012 AMA SupercrossDebuting on the Joe Gibbs Racing Yamaha YZ450F, two-time AMA Supercross Champion James Stewart kicked off the 2012 SX season Saturday with a well-earned sixth-place finish in Angel Stadium, Anaheim, Calif.
Well earned? While battling with Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey for the final podium position during the 20-lap Supercross main, Stewart crashed as he approached Anaheim’s table-top jump. The Floridan Stewart hit the hay bales, jamming the handlebars of his Yamaha into the stomach.His motorcycle also sustained some light damage, but by the time he adjusted the radiator-shroud plastic and regained composure, Stewart battled his way back to sixth.Jeremy Albrecht (JGR/Toyota/Yamaha Supercross Team Manager) says: “James showed a lot of patience out there tonight. He didn’t get the best of starts, but he did a really good job of being patient and catching the leaders without taking too many risks.“But the track was changing a lot throughout the night and he just got caught out over there and landed in the Tuff Blox. He was missing a radiator shroud when he got up, and the front end was kind of tweaked, but he still made the most of it. Championships are won on your bad days, and this wasn’t a good day, but he still salvaged sixth place. That’s pretty good.”Winning Saturday night’s opening round was the reigning Supercross Champion, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto. He was joined on the podium by Two-Two Motorsports Honda Chad Reed and Dungey, respectively.Attached above is wallpaper, highlighting Stewart’s efforts at Anaheim I. Also, if you want stay up to date on the latest in motorcycle news, “Like” Ultimate MotorCycling on Facebook.Click motorcycle thumbnail to expand. Right click motorcycle wallpaper to download.Photos by Don Williams
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