Seventh Win Continues Stewart AMA Streak

Stewart wins again
Stewart wins again
LandM San Manuel Yamaha rider James Stewart is the new leader of the 2009 AMA Supercross series (also an FIM World Championship) after taking his YZ450F to a brilliant seventh consecutive success last Saturday. Round eight of seventeen at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, filled almost to capacity, was the scene of his latest victory and another chapter in the fierce spell of domination he is casting over his peers.
22 years after Bob Hannah won the first an Atlanta SX meeting on a Yamaha, Stewart was again placing a blue machine on the top of the podium. His flight from main rival Chad Reed once more increased his career victory tally to 32 and become the 5th most successful rider in the history of the sport.

"Streaks are always meant to be broken, so I want to make it eight!" said Stewart who equalled his superb run of 7 wins taken in 2007. "I know Chad rides good every weekend, and I always have my hands full, so I'll just go back and prepare. However to come out of Anaheim I 23 points back and now be 3 points in the lead, it definitely feels good."
Atlanta podium
Atlanta podium
Thanks to Stewart's increasing total of wins and Josh Grant's maiden triumph, Yamaha remain unbeaten Indoors in 2009. With 8 trophies Yamaha can start to look towards beating their own record of success when in 2000 they accumulated 14 victories.
Broc Hepler
Broc Hepler
Grant finished 13th in Atlanta in the wake of his spill and neck injury in San Diego. There was bright news for Yamaha's Broc Hepler, who ran as high as second for a sizeable period of the race before finishing fifth; his best result of the season so far. "I didn't ride that speed all night, so I didn't know whether I could go that speed for 20 laps or not," he said. "I haven't done a 20-lap moto since December. I just slowed it down a little bit because I was making a few mistakes... I just didn't want to be 19th again."

Stewart now leads Reed by 3 points. Round nine takes place next weekend at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Weather: Dry

Lap Record:: 0' 52.919 (Ricky Carmichael , 01/01/2006)
Last Years Winner:: Troy Adams
2009 AMA-SX Atlanta, GA 23/02/2009
Race 1 - 20 Laps
Pos. Rider Manu. Nat. Total Time
1 James Stewart Yamaha USA 16'47.418
2 Chad Reed Suzuki AUS 0'9.417
3 Ryan Villopoto Kawasaki USA 0'13.424
4 Andrew Short Honda USA 0'19.569
5 Broc Hepler Yamaha USA 0'26.206
6 Kevin Windham Honda USA 0'30.591
7 Ivan Tedesco Honda USA 0'32.277
8 Tim Ferry Kawasaki USA 0'35.746
9 Josh Hill Yamaha USA 0'38.178
10 David D Millsaps Honda USA 0'46.376
11 Mike Alessi Suzuki USA 0'51.511
12 Matt Boni Honda USA -1Laps
13 Josh Grant Yamaha USA -1Laps
14 Kyle Chisholm Yamaha USA -1Laps
15 Nicholas Wey Yamaha USA -1Laps

Rider Standings 21/02/2009
Pos. Rider Manu. Nat. Points
1. James Stewart Yamaha USA 177
2. Chad Reed Suzuki AUS 174
3. Andrew Short Honda USA 140
4. Ryan Villopoto Kawasaki USA 126
5. Josh Grant Yamaha USA 120
6. Ivan Tedesco Honda USA 116
7. Kevin Windham Honda USA 111
8. David D Millsaps Honda USA 102
9. Mike Alessi Suzuki USA 93
10. Tim Ferry Kawasaki USA 87
11. Josh Hill Yamaha USA 76
12. Heath Voss Honda USA 51
13. Nicholas Wey Yamaha USA 50
14. Paul Carpenter Kawasaki USA 46
15. Kyle Chisholm Yamaha USA 38
22. Broc Hepler Yamaha USA 18
31. Sean Hamblin Yamaha USA 3

Manufacturer Standings 21/02/2009
Pos. Manufacturer Points
1. Yamaha 200
2. Suzuki 174
3. Honda 152
4. Kawasaki 139
5. KTM 24