Stewart 8th at Chase Field

Chase Field AMA-SX Race Report - 16/01/2012

AMA-SX UNITED STATES - ROUND 2

JGRMX Yamaha's James Stewart was one of the fastest riders around a tight and challenging Chase Field circuit in Phoenix for the second round of the AMA Supercross series (also an FIM World Championship) but a slip mid-race prevented the former champion from rising higher than 8th position.

The YZ450F racer set the quickest time in the first qualification session and produced an electric performance to win his Heat race. The start of the main event at the packed baseball stadium in Arizona saw the Floridian - who was not physically 100% - outside the top five but he rapidly started to make ground. His pace would have easily pulled him into contention for the podium behind escaping leader Ryan Dungey but he lost control of the front end in the sandy section and lost valuable time.

"James wasn't really feeling all that good today," said team owner Coy Gibbs. "He skipped second practice because he felt sick and didn't want to wear himself down for the racing, which we thought was a good idea, but that was a tough main event. The start wasn't very good, and then to have a fall in the sand there, it was just too much to come through the pack in a field like this."

Team-mate David Millsaps made a bright start to the race but also went down in the sand - holding up champion Ryan Villopoto who would fly back to third place - and crossed the finish line in 13th.

[Monster Energy Yamaha's Zach Osborne rode well in the second round of the West Coast Lites category. The Grand Prix rider took his YZ250F to 6th place on what is the second of four appearances on the indoor arena circuit as part of his build-up for the 2012 MX2-GP World Championship that starts on Easter weekend in Holland.

The American was challenging for third position in the opening phases of the 15 lap sprint but was powerless to prevent the charge of Eli Tomac and round one winner Cole Seely. "That was a good chance of making the podium," he reflected "but it was an improvement on last week. My start was better and I attacked the best I could. So far these races are going pretty well and it is cool to be back doing this series. We have two more events to go now before we can start thinking about Europe."

Round three of fourteen will take place at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles next Saturday.

2012 AMA-SX United States
Chase Field 16/01/2012 | 20 Laps
race I

1 Ryan Dungey KTM USA 17'44.005
2 Jake Weimer Kawasaki USA 0'06.117
3 Ryan Villopoto Kawasaki USA 0'08.908
4 Kevin Windham Honda USA 0'14.338
5 Chad Reed Honda AUS 0'22.866
6 Andrew Short Honda USA 0'24.012
7 Trey Canard Honda USA 0'25.521
8 James Stewart Yamaha USA **0'31.053 **
9 Brett Metcalfe Suzuki AUS 0'34.879
10 Josh Hansen Kawasaki USA 0'37.691
11 Ivan Tedesco Kawasaki USA 0'42.691
12 Kyle Chisholm Kawasaki USA 0'44.741
13 David D Millsaps Yamaha USA **0'46.661 **
14 Justin Brayton Honda USA -1Laps
15 Chris Blose Kawasaki USA -1Laps

AMA-SX World Standing
Rider Standings
After Race 2 of 17

1. Ryan Dungey KTM USA 45
2. Ryan Villopoto Kawasaki USA 45
3. Jake Weimer Kawasaki USA 38
4. Chad Reed Honda AUS 38
5. Kevin Windham Honda USA 31
6. Andrew Short Honda USA 29
7. James Stewart Yamaha USA 28
8. Justin Brayton Honda USA 25
9. Brett Metcalfe Suzuki AUS 22
10. Josh Hansen Kawasaki USA 22
11. Ivan Tedesco Kawasaki USA 18
12. Mike Alessi Suzuki USA 17
13. Kyle Chisholm Kawasaki USA 16
14. Trey Canard Honda USA 14
15. David D Millsaps Yamaha USA 13
16. Chris Blose Kawasaki USA 9
18. Ryan Morais Yamaha USA 6

Circuit Length:
unknown
Crowd:
49, 236
Weather:
Dry
Lap Record:
0'51.216
(Ricky Carmichael, 1/1/2005)
Last Years Winner:
James Stewart

Manufacturer Standings
16/01/2012

1 Kawasaki 47
2 KTM 45
3 Honda 40
4 **Yamaha** 28
5 Suzuki 24