LOS ANGELES, CA - Team San Manuel Yamaha's James Stewart extended his championship points lead to 6 Saturday night at the 16th stop of the 2009 Monster Energy AMA Supercross series, an FIM World Championship.
Stewart improved his Heat Race win record to 15 of the 16 Heat races this season, taking the win in Heat Race 2, for a direct transfer to the Main. In addition, he has consistently posted the fastest qualifying times of the 2009 season, setting the evening's pace with a 52.447 lap time. Starting the evening strong, Teammate Kyle Chisholm ran Heat Race 2, finishing 5th for a direct transfer to the main, his 12th of his rookie season. Chisholm started the main strong but was given a black flag and asked to leave to track for what the FIM later ruled was “affecting another racer’s progress”.
Main event action had Stewart behind the lead out of the gate but he quickly made it into 2nd midway through the 1st lap. On lap 9, Stewart exchanged the lead with the race leader and then settled back into a comfortable 2nd place position. On lap 12, Stewart made his move again and with tremendous speed took command of the lead staying out front for the remaining 8 laps. Before enthusiastic Utah crowds numbering more than 41,000, Stewart took the checkered flag with a 3.7 second lead marking his 11th win of the 2009 season.
Post-race James had this to say, “It feels great to get the win tonight! Still going to be working hard this whole week getting ready for Vegas but tonight I got that San Manuel Yamaha out front and that's what mattered.”
Team San Manuel Yamaha Highlights/Salt Lake City – Round 16
James Stewart – Number 7, YZ 450F - Event Finish: FIRST
Kyle Chisholm - Number 38, YZ 450F - Event Finish: DNF
James Stewart - Heat Race 2 – Winner Kyle Chisholm - Heat Race 2 – 5th place
James Stewart – Season to Date: 11 wins; 3- 2nd; 1-7th; 1 - 19th
Kyle Chisholm – Season to Date: 1-8th; 1-9th; 3-13th; 2–14th; 2-16th; 1–17th; 1–19th; 1-dnf
James Stewart – Championship Points – 357 Kyle Chisholm – Championship Points - 79
About Team San Manuel
Team San Manuel is a unique partnership between the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and L&M Racing, LLC, with the sole purpose of reaching out to Native and non-Native communities and sharing with them the value of perseverance and dedication. Building a winning team comprised of top-notch talent and community service, Team San Manuel honors the Serrano belief of caring for our community. (www.sanmanuelracing.com)
About the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
The San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians is a federally recognized American Indian tribe located near the city of Highland, California. The Serrano Indians are the indigenous people of the San Bernardino highlands, passes, valleys and mountains who share a common language and culture. The San Manuel reservation was established in 1891 and recognized as a sovereign nation with the right of self-government. Despite challenges and hardships, the San Manuel tribal community has continued to progressively maintain and enhance its unique form of government – focusing all efforts on providing a better quality of life for its citizens. Through economic diversification, both on and off the reservation, the tribe has been forward thinking in its efforts to build infrastructure, maintain civil services and promote social, economic, educational and governmental units including the departments of fire, public safety, education and environment and continues to pursue opportunities for future generations.
About L & M Racing
L&M Racing was formed in 2006 by Owner/Team Manager Larry Brooks and partner Mike Kranyak. The company’s 2008 team, Team San Manuel Yamaha, consisted of 2004 Supercross Champion Chad Reed and former West Coast Lites Champion Nathan Ramsey producing the indie race effort the 2008 Supercross Championship! The 2009 race season has 2007 Supercross Champion James Stewart and rookie Kyle Chisholm in place for L&M Racing. Led by Brooks, a key component in the Jeremy McGrath/Chaparral Racing team's three-year championship reign in Supercross, Brooks’ race effort yielded the first and only independent team to ever win an AMA Supercross Series Championship. L&M Racing is headquartered within an 8,000sf state-of-the-art race facility in Southern California and is one of the most successful independently owned and operated teams in professional Supercross racing today. 2009’s Team San Manuel Yamaha presented by James Stewart Entertainment is sponsored by: DID Chains, Yamalube, Akrapobic, Vortex, Bridgestone, Cycra Braking, Light Speed, TAG Metals, Big Bear Mountain Water, Factory Effex, VP Racing Fuels, and GYTR.
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About James Stewart
In 2008, Stewart earned the AMA Motocross Championship with a perfect season winning 24 of 24 races, only the second rider in history to do so; won the US Open of Supercross; and was honored as the 2008 AMA SPEED Athlete of the Year. Hailing from Haines City, Florida, Stewart is the 2007 AMA Supercross Champion. Stewart’s 2009 sponsors include L&M Racing; San Manuel Band of Mission Indians; Yamaha; James Stewart Entertainment; Oakley, Inc.; Red Bull; Answer Racing Gear; Bell Helmets and Nike.
About Kyle Chisholm
Turning pro in 2004, Chisholm has spent the last 2-year racing in the AMA Motocross Lites class, earning seven top 10 finishes. In 2008, the Valrico, Florida-native moved up to the premiere race class aboard a Yamaha YZ 450F. Chisholm’s 2009 sponsors include L&M Racing; San Manuel Band of Mission Indians; Yamaha, James Stewart Entertainment; Fly Racing Gear and 661 boots and helmets.
Salt Lake City Television Coverage
Sunday - April 26, 2009 - 12:00 PM ET on CBS
Sunday - April 26, 2009 - 6:00 PM ET on SPEEDtv
May 2nd – Sam Boyd Stadium – Las Vegas, NV
FUTURE PLANNING - TV Coverage
Sunday - May 3, 2009 - 12:00 PM ET on SPEEDtv
Recap of 2009 Season – Sunday - May 3, 2009 - 12:00 PM ET on CBS
Sunday - Round 18 Race Action - May 3, 2000 - 1:00 PM ET on SPEEDtv