It’s been a trying three rounds for Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart, as he has all but been eliminated from title contention after finishes of 11-7-18, but on Saturday night inside Ford Field in downtown Detroit, Michigan, the Suzuki ride was in pure form. After getting around Muscle Milk Honda’s Cole Seely early, Stewart was flawless in his defense of Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto early advances, cruising to his third win on the season. The win was Stewart’s 48th of his career, tying Ricky Carmichael for second on the all-time wins list.

In 250SX, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s rookie sensation Adam Cianciarulo capitalized on early mistake by teammate Martin Davalos to hold off GEICO Honda’s Justin Bogle for his third win of the season. Cianciarulo now holds a seventeen-point lead over Davalos with four round remaining in the East Region.

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Cole Seely, filling in for an injured Trey Canard, has been exceptional in his brief stint moonlighting in 450SX. Seely squeaked out of the pack to take the early lead over James Stewart, Dean Wilson and Ryan Villopoto.
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Photo: Andrew Fredrickson
With Villopoto’s presence lurking, Stewart made a quick move on Seely to take an early lead. Villopoto stayed in contention, but a few untimely mistakes early allowed Stewart to open a near six-second gap, leaving too much ground for RV to make up.
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Photo: Andrew Fredrickson
Early miscues from Villopoto allowed Stewart to extend his lead. He was able to collect himself, holding off Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey for second.    
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Photo: Andrew Fredrickson
Dungey stayed within striking distance of Villopoto, but wasn’t able to muster a serious charge and had to settle for third.
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Early leader Cole Seely was running fourth before tangling with BTOSports.com KTM’s Andrew Short late in the race and hitting the ground.Photo: Andrew Fredrickson

Early leader Cole Seely was running fourth before tangling with BTOSports.com KTM’s Andrew Short late in the race and hitting the ground.

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Andrew Short continued his recent run of great racing with a fourth in Detroit.Photo: Andrew Fredrickson

Andrew Short continued his recent run of great racing with a fourth in Detroit.

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Photo: Andrew Fredrickson Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen got a rock stuck in his rear brake, which lead to a 20th place finish.
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Stewart joins Ricky Carmichael for second on the all-time supercross wins list with 48 career wins.Photo: Andrew Fredrickson

Stewart joins Ricky Carmichael for second on the all-time supercross wins list with 48 career wins.

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Following a big crash in practice, Martin Davalos would rebound to win his heat race and control the early lead over teammate Adam Cianciarulo.Photo: Fredrickson

Following a big crash in practice, Martin Davalos would rebound to win his heat race and control the early lead over teammate Adam Cianciarulo.

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Photo: Fredrickson
But a big mistake would shuffle Davalos back to third early. After regaining third, Davalos would crash for the second time on the night late, eventually finishing sixth.
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Photo: Andrew Fredrickson
Cianciarulo would inherit the lead from Davalos, but it wouldn’t be a walk in the park as GEICO Honda’s Justin Bogle applied pressure throughout the night. Yet Cianciarulo was able to stave off any advances, capturing his third win on the season.
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Photo: Fredrickson
Although he wasn’t able to force a mistake from Cianciarulo, Bogle was able to hang on for a career-high second in Detroit.
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Privateer Jimmy Decotis held down third for a majority of the race before Blake Baggett found his way around. Soon after Decotis collided with MotoConcepts’ Kyle Cunningham and went down. He would rebound to finish tenth.
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Photo: Fredrickson
After struggling for the majority of the early season, Kyle Cunningham was strong in Detroit, finishing a season high fourth.
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Photo: Fredrickson
JAB Motorsports’ Matt Lemoine finished a season’s best fifth on Saturday night.
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Photo: Fredrickson
Blake Baggett (right) overcame a slow start on the night to round out the 250 podium.
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 250SX Overall

1. A. Cianciarulo
2. J. Bogle
3. B. Baggett
4. K. Cunningham
5. M. Lemoine
6. M. Davalos
7. V. Friese
8. J. Martin
9. A. Martin
10. J. Decotis
11. C. Thompson
12. K. Peters
13. G. Faith
14. M. Oldenburg
15. A. Catanzaro
16. J. Wentland
17. J. Richardson
18. L. Powell
19. M. Bisceglia
20. J. Freund
21. D. Herrlein
22. R. Zimmer

 450SX Overall

1. J. Stewart
2. R. Villopoto
3. R. Dungey
4. A. Short
5. J. Barcia
6. B. Tickle
7. W. Peick
8. J. Hill
9. J. Brayton
10. J. Grant
11. M. Goerke
12. D. Wilson
13. M. Alessi
14. W. Hahn
15. C. Seely
16. C. Blose
17. N. Wey
18. J. Albertson
19. R. Stewart
20. K. Roczen
21. C. Gilmore
22. N. Schmidt

Eastern Regional 250SX Class Season Standings

  1. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki, 119
  2. Martin Davalos, Cairo, Ga., Kawasaki, 102
  3. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki, 99
  4. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda, 94
  5. Vince Friese, Cape Girardeau, Mo. Honda, 75
  6. Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Honda, 63
  7. Cole Thompson, Brigden, Canada, KTM, 58
  8. James Decotis, Peabody, Mass., Honda, 54
  9. Matthew Lemoine, Pilot Point, Texas, Kawasaki, 53        
  10. Blake Wharton, Beaumont, Texas, Honda, 51     

450SX Class Season Standings

  1. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 231
  2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 201
  3. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki, 182
  4. Ken Roczen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 181
  5. Justin Brayton, Cornelius, N.C., Yamaha, 167
  6. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM, 143
  7. Justin Barcia, Pinetta, Fla., Honda, 134
  8. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki, 126
  9. Wil Hahn, Menifee, Calif., Honda, 115
  10. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Kawasaki, 111