AURORA, Ill. (January 9, 2006) – As the Amp’d Mobile World Supercross
GP/Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series prepares for its annual visit to
Chase Field in Phoenix on Jan. 14, Kawasaki’s James Stewart finds
himself atop the point standings after three decisive wins in the
season’s three opening races.
Stewart’s torrid start has left series rivals Ricky Carmichael and Chad
Reed trying to find a way to stop this 20-year-old’s momentum and get
themselves into the winner’s circle. Both riders have challenged
Stewart numerous times, including the epic three-man battle waged last
Saturday at Angel Stadium in Anaheim. In the main event, each rider
would spend time in the lead, with four lead changes from lap five to
10, before Stewart took control down the stretch and cruised to victory.
“I need to be consistent this season and one way to do that is to be
patient and let each race come to me and don’t try and do too much,”
said Stewart, who rides a Kawasaki and resides in Haines City, Fla.
“It’s a long season and anything can happen so I’ll just go home and
continue to train and get ready for Phoenix.”
Carmichael, of Havana, Fla., hopes to get his Suzuki back on the
winning side, something he has accomplished three times in Phoenix, the
most for any rider in the 12 years the series has visited the popular
desert town. He has matched Stewart’s speed in all three races but
hasn’t been able to climb to the top for a variety of reasons.
“I think my speed has been pretty good but I either haven’t gotten a
good start or, like last week, I make a mistake and it ends up costing
me,” said Carmichael, who at 127 career wins and 14 national titles is
the sport’s winningest rider of all-time. “I’m close and I feel like
the changes are minimal for me to get this thing going. I like racing
in Phoenix and I hope that’s the race I use to kick start my season.”
Yamaha’s Reed, of Dade City, Fla., has a story similar to that of
Carmichael: Talent and speed just hasn’t transferred to the win
column. Reed, who finished second at Anaheim, actually posted the
fastest lap time last week but wasn’t able to hold off Stewart. He is
an accomplished supercross rider and a notorious late starter, but is a
legitimate threat at the title with 23 career supercross wins under his
belt and the 2004 AMA Supercross and 2003 World Supercross
championships on his resume.
Stewart holds an 11 point lead over Carmichael, and 13 over Reed, in
the Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP standings heading into this
weekend’s race in Phoenix, which can be heard live on the internet via
the web cast on www.supercross.cc.com or on the next-day telecast on
SPEED, Sunday, 6 p.m. (EST).
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