Stewart Second in St. Louis

March 23, 2009 1:33pm
James Stewart
James Stewart
LandM San Manuel Yamaha star James Stewart left the Edward Jones Dome in St Louis for the twelfth round of the 2009 AMA Supercross Championship frustrated after a mistake caused the most successful rider of this year's series to lose his ninth win of the season and concede three points to main title rival Chad Reed, with just five races remaining in the campaign.

Almost 56,000 spectators saw the YZ450F ace take the lead from brand-mate Josh Grant on the third lap and lead the field for more than half of the Main Event before missing a gear exiting the whoops section and hitting the dirt. He quickly remounted to re-enter the fray in fourth spot and overtake Grant on the final circulation for the runner-up spot.
On the podium
On the podium
The 23 year old had set the fastest lap on the night and clearly deserved a career 34th victory. It was a costly mistake however that allowed Reed to win for the third time in 2009 with the Australian yet to drop out of the top three.

"It was tough going through those whoops, I went into neutral that last time, and unfortunately it cost me," said Stewart who has taken ten podium finishes from twelve meetings but has been damaged by a DNF and 7th position at Daytona. "I just had an off night, and honestly I'm glad to come out of here safe. I've never won this class here. I've always had something... The first year I DNF-ed, the second year Chad took me out, and after that, I took myself out."
Josh Grant
Josh Grant
Joe Gibbs Racing's Josh Grant returned to the podium for the first time since round two and after a few barren races. The impressive Rookie took the holeshot on his YZ450F and completed the 20 laps with a bent gear lever. He can now count on 8 top five results to stand 4th in the points entering the final phase of the season. "I got pretty lucky because my shifter got bent and I had to race the whole race in third gear," he recalled. "Good thing I have a clutch! I had to work that thing."

2008 West Coast Lites Champion Jason Lawrence obtained fifth place; giving Yamaha three YZ450Fs in the top five.

Stewart will be hoping to close the 11 point deficit to Reed next week with the sole non-U.S stop on the SX tour as the competition moves to the Roger Centre in Toronto.

Crowd: 55, 815
Weather: Dry

Lap Record:: 0' 50.947 (Chad Reed, 18/02/2006)
Last Years Winner:: Kelly Smith
2009 AMA-SX St. Louis, MO 22/03/2009
Race 1 - 20 Laps
Pos. Rider Manu. Nat. Total Time
1 Chad Reed Suzuki AUS 16'15.518
2 James Stewart Yamaha USA 0'4.468
3 Josh Grant Yamaha USA 0'7.378
4 Andrew Short Honda USA 0'9.112
5 Jason Lawrence Yamaha USA 0'11.862
6 Ivan Tedesco Honda USA 0'13.740
7 Mike Alessi Suzuki USA 0'27.687
8 David D Millsaps Honda USA 0'29.801
9 Kevin Windham Honda USA 0'31.484
10 Paul Carpenter Kawasaki USA 0'34.391
11 Justin Brayton KTM USA 0'36.294
12 Matt Boni Suzuki USA 0'38.189
13 Kyle Chisholm Yamaha USA 0'39.397
14 Broc Hepler Yamaha USA 0'40.208
15 Josh Hill Yamaha USA 0'47.745

Rider Standings 21/03/2009
Pos. Rider Manu. Nat. Points
1. Chad Reed Suzuki AUS 271
2. James Stewart Yamaha USA 260
3. Andrew Short Honda USA 197
4. Josh Grant Yamaha USA 172
5. Ryan Villopoto Kawasaki USA 165
6. Ivan Tedesco Honda USA 163
7. Mike Alessi Suzuki USA 160
8. Kevin Windham Honda USA 158
9. David D Millsaps Honda USA 152
10. Josh Hill Yamaha USA 108
11. Tim Ferry Kawasaki USA 100
12. Heath Voss Honda USA 74
13. Matt Boni Suzuki USA 65
14. Nicholas Wey Yamaha USA 64
15. Paul Carpenter Kawasaki USA 57
16. Broc Hepler Yamaha USA 56
18. Kyle Chisholm Yamaha USA 53
19. Jason Lawrence Yamaha USA 38
33. Nathan Ramsey Yamaha USA 6
35. Sean Hamblin Yamaha USA 3

Manufacturer Standings 21/03/2009
Pos. Manufacturer Points
1. Yamaha 291
2. Suzuki 271
3. Honda 224
4. Kawasaki 189
5. KTM 66