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January 16, 2007 10:07am

Kawasaki’s Stewart Aims for Third-Straight Win in Anaheim; AMA Supercross Lites Points Race Heats Up

AURORA, Ill. (January 16, 2007) – Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP/Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series returns to Anaheim’s Angel Stadium this Saturday, January 20 with Kawasaki’s James Stewart, 21, of Haines City, Fla., the new points race leader. Stewart picked up his second consecutive win last weekend at Phoenix’ s Chase Field and leads the field into another exciting weekend of racing in southern California.

A pre-race press conference will be held inside the Diamond Club at Angel Stadium Thursday, January 18 from Noon-2:00 p.m., featuring the Yamaha of Troy team.

Stewart, who chased Suzuki’s Ricky Carmichael for the first six laps of last week’s race, controlled the lead from lap seven to 20 as he moved into the points lead for both the Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP and Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series. In front of 44,953 fans at Chase Field, Carmichael displayed another great ride – his last in Phoenix before pursuing a stock car racing career – finishing second. He will be in the announcer’s booth this weekend providing color commentary for the CBS Sports broadcast Sunday, January 21, at Noon EST.

Setting a precedent at Anaheim 1, on January 6, Stewart led all 20 laps in the AMA Supercross class main event. The win marked his second Anaheim 1 victory in the premier class; he captured two AMA Supercross Lites wins back in 2003.

“I am very focused this year,” said Stewart. “I think the difference from this year, to last year, is that I am a lot stronger. I keep getting stronger each week. It’s a lot of hard work. I think the racing will continue to get better every weekend."

Coming on strong recently is Honda’s Travis Preston, of Hesperia, Calif., who finished in fourth place at the first two domestic AMA Supercross class races, challenging third-place rider Chad Reed for the podium position. Preston is a former AMA Supercross Lites class champion (2002), and is expected to be front-runner this year.

In his second career AMA Supercross Lites race, Frenchmen Christophe Pourcel, who rides for the Pro-Circuit Kawasaki team, captured his first race win, beating Anaheim 1 winner and teammate Ryan Villopoto, of Poulsbo, Wash. Pourcel moved into the AMA Supercross Lites class points lead heading into this weekend. Kawasaki’s Chris Gosselaar, Yamaha’s Jason Lawrence and KTM’s Josh Hansen each have 33 points and round out the three, four and five positions in the overall standings respectively.

“It should be good this weekend,” said Villopoto. “We (Pourcel) always joke around and have a good relationship. It’s fun to be around him, but we are competitors. He was fast at Anaheim 1 and fast in Phoenix.”

Ironically, Pourcel has a contract to race in Europe where he will defend his MX2 World Championship. The original plan from Kawasaki was to have him enter the west region AMA Supercross Lites competition on a part-time basis.

“I am going to decide what I am going to do after the Anaheim 3 race,” said Pourcel. “I didn’t really think about winning races this year.”

This weekend will mark the 23rd time that the Amp’d Mobile Supercross will pack Angel Stadium as the world’s best supercross riders will compete for the number-one position.

This year’s AMA Supercross class features its deepest field of competition ever. Last year’s AMA Supercross Lites champions Langston and Millsaps will race the premier AMA Supercross class this year along with Ivan Tedesco, Tim Ferry, David Vuillemin, Travis Preston, Nick Wey and Kevin Windham.

Amp’d Mobile Supercross, which made its racing début in Anaheim on December 4, 1976, brings a multi-million dollar economic impact to the city for each race, where fans from around the world converge to watch the world’s top racers compete in the storied city. Carmichael is tied at eight with seven-time supercross champion Jeremy McGrath for the all-time win record in Anaheim.

Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP Season Standings

1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki, 92
2. Ricky Carmichael, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki, 91
3. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Yamaha, 85
4. Timmy Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki, 66
5. Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif., Honda, 55
6. Nicholas Wey, Murrieta, Calif., Honda, 54
7. David Vuillemin, Menifee, Calif., Honda, 53
8. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Honda, 47
9. Jeff Gibson, Blacklick, Ohio, Kawasaki, 39
10. Paul Carpenter, Ithaca, N.Y., Kawasaki, 38

Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series Event Results, Phoenix

1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki
2. Ricky Carmichael, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki
3. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Yamaha
4. Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif., Honda
5. Timmy Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki
6. Michael Byrne, Newnan, Ga., Suzuki
7. Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki
8. Kevin Windham, Centerville, Miss., Honda
9. Nicholas Wey, Murrieta, Calif., Honda
10. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Honda

Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series Season Standings

1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki, 50
2. Ricky Carmichael, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki, 44
3. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Yamaha, 40
4. Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif., Honda, 36
5. Timmy Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki, 32
6. Michael Byrne, Newnan, Ga., Suzuki, 26
7. Nicholas Wey, Murrieta, Calif., Honda, 26
8. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda, 25
9. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Honda, 24
10. Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 21

Amp’d Mobile Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites Event Results, Phoenix

1. Christophe Pourcel, France, Kawasaki
2. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki
3. Christopher Gosselaar, Victorville, Calif., Kawasaki
4. Matthew Lemoine, Pilot Point, Texas, Yamaha
5. Steve Boniface, Corona, Calif., Kawasaki
6. Josh Hansen, Lake Elsinore, Calif., KTM
7. Josh Hill, Yoncalla, Calif., Yamaha
8. Jason Lawrence, Carlsbad, Calif., Yamaha
9. Kyle Cunningham, Springtown, Texas, Yamaha
10. Martin Davalos, Cairo, Ga., KTM

Amp’d Mobile Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites Season Standings

1. Christophe Pourcel, France, Kawasaki, 47
2. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 47
3. Christopher Gosselaar, Victorville, Calif., Kawasaki, 33
4. Jason Lawrence, Carlsbad, Calif., Yamaha, 33
5. Josh Hansen, Lake Elsinore, Calif., KTM, 33
6. Matthew Lemoine, Pilot Point, Texas, Yamaha, 32
7. Steve Boniface, Corona, Calif., Kawasaki, 26
8. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Honda, 23
9. Troy Adams, Homosassa, Fla., Suzuki, 23
10. Kyle Cunningham, Springtown, Texas, 20


KTM Junior Supercross Challenge

1. Logan Chambers, Parker, Ariz., KTM
2. Kyle Sullenbarger, Riverside, Calif., KTM
3. Tyler Dudderth, Mesquite, Texas, KTM
4. Carson Clower, Romana, Calif., KTM
5. Austin Zambach, Peoria, Ariz., KTM
6. Blaise Murray, Perris, Calif., KTM
7. Zachary Bright, Valley Center, Kan., KTM
8. Joey Roe, El Paso, Texas, KTM
9. Matthew Bryant, Mesa, Ariz., KTM
10. Luke Ellis, Costa Mesa, Calif., KTM
11. Brock Everist, Paulden, Ariz., KTM
12. Peyton Ballard, Vista, Calif., KTM
13. Ashley Gyory, Chandler, Ariz., KTM
14. Joshua Cobb, Phoenix, Ariz., KTM
15. Ryan Carlson, Scottsdale, Ariz., KTM

Past winners in Anaheim

AMA Supercross

January 6, 2007:                        James Stewart

January 07, 2006:                      James Stewart

January 21, 2006:                      Ricky Carmichael

February 04, 2006:                     Ricky Carmichael

January 8, 2005                         Kevin Windham

January 22, 2005                       Ricky Carmichael

February 5, 2005                        Ricky Carmichael

January 3, 2004                         Chad Reed

January 17, 2004                       Chad Reed

January 31, 2004                       Kevin Windham

January  04, 2003:                     Chad Reed

January 18, 2003:                      Ricky Carmichael

February  01, 2003:                    Ricky Carmichael

January 05, 2002:                      David Vuillemin

January 19, 2002:                      Mike LaRocco

February 02, 2002:                     Ricky Carmichael

January 06, 2001:                      Jeremy McGrath

January 20, 2001:                      Jeremy McGrath

February 03, 2001:                     Ricky Carmichael

January 8, 2000:                        Jeremy McGrath

January 15, 2000:                      Jeremy McGrath

January 09, 1999:                      Ezra Lusk

February 06, 1999:                     Ezra Lusk

January 27, 1996:                      Jeremy McGrath

January 28, 1995:                      Jeremy McGrath

January 29, 1994:                      Jeremy McGrath

January 23, 1993:                      Jeremy McGrath

January 25, 1992:                      Damon Bradshaw

January 26, 1991:                      Jeff Stanton

January 27, 1990:                      Damon Bradshaw

January 28, 1989:                      Rick Johnson

January 31, 1987:                      Jeff Ward

January 18, 1986:                      David Bailey

February 02, 1985:                     Broc Glover

January 28, 1984:                      Johnny O’Mara

January 29, 1983:                      David Bailey

January 30, 1982:                      Donnie Hansen

January 31, 1981:                      Kent Howerton

November 17, 1979:                   Kent Howerton

November 11, 1978:                   Gaylon Mosier

November 12, 1977:                   Bob Hannah

December 04, 1976:                   Marty Smith


AMA Supercross Lites

January 06, 2007:                      Ryan Villopoto

January 07, 2006:                      Andrew Short

January 21, 2006:                      Grant Langston

February 04, 2006:                     Grant Langston

January 8, 2005                         Nathan Ramsey

January 22, 2005                       Ivan Tedesco

February 5, 2005                        Ivan Tedesco

January 3, 2004                         Ivan Tedesco

January 17, 2004                       Ivan Tedesco

January 31, 2004                       Ivan Tedesco

January 04, 2003:                      Travis Preston

January 18, 2003:                      James Stewart Jr.

February 01, 2003:                     James Stewart Jr.

January 05, 2002:                      Travis Preston

January 19, 2002:                      David Pingree

February 02, 2002:                     Brock Sellards

January 06, 2001:                      Ernesto Fonseca

January 20, 2001:                      Ernesto Fonseca

February 03, 2001:                     Ernesto Fonseca

January 8, 2000:                        David Pingree

January 15, 2000:                      Tallon Vohland

January 09, 1999:                      Casey Johnson

February 06, 1999:                     Nathan Ramsey

January 27, 1996:                      Kevin Windham

January 28, 1995:                      Damon Huffman

January 29, 1994:                      Damon Huffman

January 09, 1993:                      Damon Huffman

January 25, 1992:                      Jeremy McGrath

January 26, 1991:                      Jeremy McGrath

January 27, 1990:                      Michael Craig

January 28, 1989:                      Jeff Matiasevich

January 31, 1987:                      Jeff Matiasevich

January 18, 1986:                      Tyson Vohland

February 02, 1985:                     Mike Healy