Anaheim, CA - Team San Manuel Yamaha’s James Stewart showed more than 45,000 fans in a sold out Anaheim Stadium that he’s still the “Fastest Man on the Planet” during his first Supercross race in nearly eleven months. Setting the pace with the fastest qualifying time in practice, Stewart’s speed was a key factor in helping him overcome tough starts in both his Heat race and the Main event.
In Heat 2, Stewart found himself in 5th position after the first turn and immediately started working his way to first position where he took the lead by Lap 5 and held on for the win.
In the Main event, Stewart had a similar rough start when getting pinched out of a tight fist turn. Starting in 12th position, he rapidly worked his way forward, passing rider Brett Metcalfe during Lap 12 for 3rd position. James continued closing the gap between himself and Dungey with incredible speed, narrowing Dungey’s lead to just two seconds when the checkered flag came out. Visibly happy with his 3rd place podium finish, a smiling Stewart said “I’m pretty stoked. It’s the first race back in a while and my goal was to get out there on the box. We accomplished that and I’m feeling pretty confident going into next week.”
Stewart’s Teammate Kyle Regal had a solid night as well, finishing 8th in Heat 1 for a transfer to the Main. Regal had an equally tough start in the Main event, finding himself behind his teammate in 14th position, advancing to 13th by the finish. While he had hoped for better results, Regal said “It’s the start of something good. I’ll be working hard to improve from here.”
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About Team San Manuel
Formed in 2006, 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. Operating as Team San Manuel Yamaha, the team has garnered two Supercross Championship titles in the last three race seasons. For the 2011 race season, two-time Supercross Champion James Stewart anchors Team San Manuel as he seeks his next Championship and is joined by 2009 AMA MX National 450 Class Rookie of the Year Kyle Regal. In 2009, Team San Manuel’s James Stewart won his second Supercross Championship, his first coming in 2007, and second for L&M Racing’s independent effort. In 2008, Team San Manuel Yamaha, consisted of 2004 Supercross Champion Chad Reed and former West Coast Lites Champion Nathan Ramsey -- the newly-formed endeavor garnered its first championship title that season. Led by Larry Brooks, the driving force behind the Jeremy McGrath / Chaparral Racing team’s three-year championship reign in Supercross, Brooks’ then race effort yielded the first and only indie team to ever win an AMA Supercross Series Championship. L&M Racing is headquartered within an 8,000 square foot, 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.