LOS ANGELES, CA - Team San Manuel Yamaha’s James Stewart took his third win of the 2009 Monster Energy AMA Supercross series, an FIM World Championship, earning him another valuable 25 points within the overall championship points race.
Posting the fastest lap times of the evening, Stewart won Heat Race 2,for the direct transfer to the Main. Teammate Kyle Chisholm also ran Heat Race 2, finishing a hard earned 6th for a direct transfer to the Houston main, marking Chisholm’s first Main event race of his rookie 2009 season.
Before a packed Houston crowd of 48,277 at Reliant Stadium, Stewart thundered out of the gate in second place and moved into the coveted first place spot on lap 4 where he remained until taking the checkered flag with a close to 10 second lead over the second place podium spot. Teammate Chisholm, qualifying for his first Main of his rookie season, finished 17th.
Post-race Stewart had this to say, “I felt good all day, I knew it was going to come down to the start. I love it here in Texas so I would like to say thanks to all of (the fans). It was all good clean racing tonight, especially with Villopoto. I had a great line over in the whoops and it all just worked out tonight. Every week we get better and my San Manuel Yamaha is working great.” “Its funny how you can win three out of 4 races and still be down in the points, we are going to keep cranking away and do our best!”
Team San Manuel Yamaha Highlights/Houston – Round 4
James Stewart, Number 7, YZ 450F - Heat Race #2 – Winner
Kyle Chisholm, Number 38, YZ 450F - Heat race #2 – 6th place
James Stewart – Season to Date: 3 wins; 1 - 19th place
James Stewart – Championship Points - 77
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.
About James Stewart
In 2008, Stewart earned the AMA Motocross Championship with a perfect season winning 24 of 24 races, only 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. 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, Chisholm 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.
Houston Television Coverage
Sunday, January 25th–12 Noon EST/CBS & 6:00 PM EST/SPEED TV;
January 27th–1:00 PM EST/SPEEDtv;
January 29th–4:00 PM EST/SPEEDtv;
January 30th–12 Noon EST/SPEED TV
January 31st – AT&T Park – San Francisco, CA