Stewart Wins $25K Motorcycle-Superstore Motocross Holeshot Award

Yoshimura Suzuki's James Stewart

2013 AMA Motocross Motorcycle-Superstore Holeshot Award Recipient

James Stewart missed Saturday's season-ending Red Bull Lake Elsinore National, but he still managed to clinch the $25,000 Holeshot Championship by one point over Muscle Milk Honda pro Justin Barcia.

Sidelined by injury, the Yoshimura Suzuki rider Stewart was vulnerable as Barcia and third-place Ryan Villopoto both had a chance to catch him in the points, but when the day's two 450cc holeshots went to Josh Grant and Motorcycle Superstore star rider Justin Brayton, it was Stewart who ended up with the big check.

Justin Brayton says: "It's great to end the year by taking the last Motorcycle Superstore Holeshot. Those guys stepped up big and put a great program in place to give us all something extra to go after. They put their money on the line and it definitely added a bunch of excitement to every start.

"I carry Motorcycle Superstore on my helmet and I know how passionate they are about the sport. By sponsoring this championship it proves they care about the riders."

There wasn't as much drama in 250 action as Wil Hahn already had secured that title, but his GEICO Honda teammate Zach Osborne managed to show some quick reflexes himself, taking both holeshots on the day. Osborne finished second in the championship. Another GEICO Honda rider, Justin Bogle, came in third.

Zach Obsorne says: "My starts were there today. I wish I had a few more earlier in the season so I could have had a better shot at the $15,000 but it's cool our team went 1-2-3 and I'm proud of Wil.

"Big thanks to Motorcycle Superstore for this championship. All the riders were talking about it all season so I know it meant a lot to everyone."

Points in the lucrative Holeshot Championship were earned in each of the 24 motos on the outdoor schedule. A Moto 1 holeshot was worth one point, the Moto 2 holeshot was worth two points, and any rider that swept both holeshots at the same event earned another bonus point.

Final Motorcycle Superstore Holeshot Championship points:
450 class: 1. James Stewart, 9 points; 2. Justin Barcia, 8 points; 3t. Josh Grant, 6; 3t. Ryan Villopoto, 6; 5. Mike Alessi, 4; 6. Ryan Dungey, 3; 7t. Justin Brayton, 2; 7. Ryan Sipes, 2

250 class: 1. Wil Hahn, 13 points; 2. Zach Osborne, 8; 3. Justin Bogle, 4; 4. Martin Davalos, 3; 5t. Zach Bell, 2; 5t. Jeremy Martin, 2; 5t. Marvin Musquin, 2; 5t. Ken Roczen, 2; 5t. Eli Tomac, 2; 10. Blake Baggett, 1