AMA-SX: Fantastic Stewart Takes Fourth Win

The fifth round of seventeen in the 2009 AMA Supercross Championship (also an FIM World series) in San Francisco was owned by LandM San Manuel rider James Stewart with his YZ450F for the fourth time this season and for the fourth meeting in a row. The 23 year old has soared up the standings since his unlucky DNF at the opening event and now lies a clear second and just six points behind Chad Reed.

Stewart - who had previously won in Los Angeles, Houston and Phoenix - rode the perfect race after acing the holeshot around the first corner of the open-air AtandT Park stadium. He was able to pull away and beat Reed by almost five seconds by the chequered flag. The main event was the seventh to be held in the picturesque city and was the third victory for Yamaha.

"I'm starting to feel like my old self and I've just been training as hard as I can. Right now it's showing, and we'll see what happens. It has definitely been better the last couple of weeks than in weeks past, so we'll see what happens," said Stewart who increased his career win haul to 29. "We're going to Anaheim soon and we're just going to have to try to keep it going. We're still six points back and there's still a long way to go."

Joe Gibbs Racing's Josh Grant maintained his 100% record of top five positions in each event. The 2009 rookie is having an impressive campaign to-date and added 4th place in San Francisco to his tally of 1st, 3rd, 5th and 5th. Grant is third in the table, seven points behind his brand-mate.

Stewart will be looking to gain further points over Reed and possibly seize control of the championship for the first time this year at Anaheim (for the third and final visit) in Los Angeles next weekend.

2009 AMA-SX San Francisco, CA |01/02/2009
Race 1 - 20 Laps
Pos. Rider Manu. Nat. Total Time
1 James Stewart Yamaha USA 16'46.443
2 Chad Reed {{{Suzuki}}} AUS|0'4.528
3 Ryan Villopoto Kawasaki USA 0'7.561
4 Josh Grant Yamaha USA 0'15.112
5 Andrew Short {{{Honda}}} USA 0'17.309
6 Kevin Windham Honda USA 0'20.361
7 Josh Hill Yamaha USA 0'25.242
8 David D Millsaps Honda USA 0'27.586
9 Mike Alessi/td>Suzuki USA 0'31.450
10 Ivan Tedesco Honda USA 33
11 Heath Voss Honda USA -1 Laps
12 Benjamin Coisy Honda FRA -1 Laps
13 Cole Siebler Honda USA -1 Laps
14 Kyle Chisholm Yamaha USA -1 Laps
15 Daniel McCoy Honda USA -1 Laps
Rider Standings |31/01/2009
Pos. Rider Manu. Nat. Points
1 Chad Reed Suzuki AUS|108
2 James Stewart Yamaha USA 102
3 Josh Grant Yamaha USA 95
4 Ryan Villopoto Kawasaki USA 88
5 Andrew Short Honda USA 87
6 Ivan Tedesco Honda USA 7.
7 Kevin Windham Honda USA 68
8 Mike Alessi/td>Suzuki USA 58
9 Tim Ferry Kawasaki USA 56
10 David D Millsaps Honda USA 55
11 Josh Hill Yamaha USA 51
12 Heath Voss Honda USA 40
13 Paul Carpenter Kawaski USA 39
14 Benjamin Coisy Honda FRA 31
15 Nicholas Wey Yamaha USA 26
Manufacturer Standings |31/01/2009
Pos. Manufacturer Points
1 Yamaha|125
2 Suzuki 108
3 Honda 94
4 Kawasaki {{{90}}}
5 KTM 13
Stewart leaps to win 4
San Francisco Podium
Josh Grant