Stewart Makes It Two in a Row with YZ450F

James Stewart scored his second win from three races in the seventeen round 2009 AMA Supercross series (also an FIM World Championship) onboard his San Manuel LandM YZ450F by owning the 50th meeting to be held at the Anaheim Stadium in Los Angeles last Saturday.

The AMA Motocross Champion took Yamaha's 17th success at the venue and also increased his personal triumph tally to 27; equalling Bob Hannah in 5th place on the all-time victory roll.

Despite the impressive numbers Anaheim II was a hard meeting for the 23 year old. He collided with Travis Preston during practice and badly cut his hand, he then admitted that he made mistakes and wasn't riding well during the race that was watched by over 43,000 people.

On a track that was not easy for overtaking Stewart needed half of the 20 laps to pass Ivan Tedesco, Ryan Villopoto and then impressive Rookie and fellow Yamaha rider Josh Grant. Two circulations later and he demoted Kevin Windham for the lead and would hold the advantage to the chequered flag. Chad Reed had recovered from a first corner crash to make his way to second place, therefore limiting Stewart's points gain in the standings. Grant held on for fifth place and has yet to drop out of the top five in the first three events.

"It was a tough weekend for me as far as getting adjusted to the track," Stewart admitted. "Also, physically, it was definitely tough for me. But if we can get wins like this, I can't imagine what it will be like when things go smoothly; maybe we can do even better."

Stewart is now up to fourth in the series, 12 points from the top, while Grant is second and just 3 points from reigning champion Reed.

Round 4 takes place next Saturday at the Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas.

Race 1 - 20 Laps

Pos., Rider, Manu., Nat., Total Time

1, James Stewart, Yamaha, USA, 20'57.778
2, Chad Reed, Suzuki, AUS, 0'3.540
3, Kevin Windham, Honda, USA, 0'4.189
4, Ryan Villopoto, Kawasaki, USA, 0'10.181
5, Josh Grant, Yamaha, USA, 0'16.036
6, Andrew Short, Honda, USA, 0'21.941
7, Ivan Tedesco, Honda, USA, 0'31.473
8, Tim Ferry, Kawasaki, USA, 0'41.525
9, Mike Alessi, Suzuki, USA, 0'45.931
10, David D Millsaps, Honda, USA, 0'47.333
11, Paul Carpenter, Kawasaki, USA, 0'49.146
12, Josh Hill, Yamaha, USA, 0'51.536
13, Nicholas Wey, Yamaha, USA, 0'53.474
14, Heath Voss, Honda, USA, 0'91.522
15, Troy Adams, Honda, USA, -1 Laps
16, Steve Boniface, Honda, FRA, -1 Laps
17, Benjamin Coisy, Honda, FRA, -1 Laps
18, Sean Hamblin, Yamaha, USA, -1 Laps
19, Robert Kiniry, Kawasaki, USA, -1 Laps
20, Matt Boni, Honda, USA, -18 Laps

Rider Standings 17/01/2009

Pos., Rider, Manu., Nat., Points
1, Chad Reed, Suzuki, AUS, 64
2, Josh Grant, Yamaha, USA, 61
3, Andrew Short, Honda, USA, 53
4, James Stewart, Yamaha, USA, 52
5, Ryan Villopoto, Kawasaki, USA, 48
6, Ivan Tedesco, Honda, USA, 47
7, Tim Ferry, Kawasaki, USA, 43
8, Kevin Windham, Honda, USA, 41
9, Mike Alessi, Suzuki, USA, 32
10, David D Millsaps, Honda, USA, 31
11, Paul Carpenter, Kawasaki, USA, 29
12, Josh Hill, Yamaha, USA, 27
13, Nicholas Wey, Yamaha, USA, 26
14, Heath Voss, Honda, USA, 21
15, Benjamin Coisy, Honda, FRA, 17

Manufacturer Standings 17/01/2009

Pos., Manufacturer, Points

1, Yamaha, 75
2, Suzuki, 64
3, Honda, 60
4, Kawasaki, 50
5, KTM, 10