SAN DIEGO (February 11, 2006 ) – Kawasaki’s James Stewart, of Haines
City, Fla., won a thrilling Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP/Amp’d
Mobile AMA Supercross Series main event tonight at Qualcomm Stadium
before a near-capacity crowd of 69,005. Honda’s Andrew Short, of
Murrieta, Calif., was the Western Region AMA Supercross Lites winner.
Suzuki’s Ricky Carmichael, of Tallahassee, Fla., grabbed the
Progressive Direct Holeshot Award to start the 20-lap feature, with
Stewart settling in behind him to set up a two-rider battle at the
front. Carmichael held the slightest of leads the entire race as
Stewart patiently waited just a few bike lengths back. Stewart finally
made his move on the second to last lap with an inside pass on
Carmichael in a 180-degree turn after the first triple jump. Stewart
held off Carmichael’s last lap charge to pick up the win, his fifth of
the season. Carmichael was second and Yamaha’s Chad Reed, of Dade City,
Fla., finished third.
“Ricky and I had a good battle,” said Stewart. “Throughout the race I
sized him up and made my pass. It feels good to ride on a track that
has tacky dirt. I knew that after last weekend I had a long way to go.
I am three for three in San Diego and this is my favorite stadium.”
KTM’s Mike Alessi, of Apple Valley, Calif., won the Progressive Direct
Holeshot Award to start the 15-lap AMA Supercross Lites main event.
Short shot to the lead on the opening lap and began to pull away from
the field as series points leader Grant Langston, of Clermont, Fla.,
was working his Kawasaki through the field after a 13th place start.
Langston’s inspirational charge ended just a few turns too soon as
Short crossed the finish line just 0.837-seconds ahead of Langston for
the win. Langston finished second, and KTM’s Nathan Ramsey, of Menifee,
Calif., was third.
“I put myself in a good spot of the start,” said Short, who picked up
his second win of the season. “If we had one more lap Grant and I would
be battling. It’s not over yet, we have two more races and I look
forward to this challenge.”
Tonight’s race will air on CBS Sports tomorrow, February 12, 2006 at Noon EST.
Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP Season Standings
1. James Stewart, Tallahassee, Fla., Kawasaki, 157
2. Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., Suzuki, 161
3. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha, 144
4. Jeremy McGrath, Encinitas, Calif., Honda
5. Mike LaRocco, Corona, Calif., Honda
6. Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 115
7. Michael Byrne, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki, 114
8. Nicholas Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Honda, 114
9. Ernesto Fonseca, Murrieta, Calif., Honda
10. Eric Vallejo, Garland, Texas, Honda
Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series Event Results, San Diego