Stewart out of luck in San Diego

AMA-SX Race Report - 12/02/2012

JGRMX Yamaha's James Stewart missed out on another podium finish at the Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego last Saturday when the former champion crashed through the tricky whoops section of the course that entertained round six of seventeen in the AMA Supercross series (also an FIM World Championship).

Stewart recovered from a mid-pack start in the 20 lap main event to make several sharp overtaking moves and force his way to third place. It was on the sixth circulation when the slip occurred, and a crowd of 58, 782 spectators saw the Floridian hit the ground luckily without injury. Stewart was actually able to remount and although a lap down reached the flag in fifteenth for a few points.

"We had a good practice and I had an OK start in the main - top ten somewhere - I made my way up and got into third place and ended up going down in the whoops," he recounted after the final Californian stop on the calendar. "I don't know what happened, I was just riding and doing my thing. I was on my head so quick. I was stuck under the bike - completely stuck on something. I was trying to pull it off, and finally a guy pulled his knife out and cut me out and I got going. A little bit frustrating but we will go back and keep on working. I appreciate all the fans sticking behind us. We've got a lot of races left so we will continue getting better."

Reigning Champion Ryan Villopoto rode to his second win in succession and heads the standings. Stewart is fourth and 32 points in arrears.

Monster Energy Yamaha's Zach Osborne may have left the West Coast Lites competition but Yamaha were well represented at the Qualcomm by Star Valli Yamaha's Gareth Swanepoel. The former Grand Prix racer took his YZ250F to a career-best fourth position. In what is his first full season of SX racing the South African classified just in front of team-mate Nico Izzi. "Supercross is a whole different ball game and I've been trying to find my feet but tonight I proved to myself that I can run the pace for a full 15 laps," he said. "The whoops were really gnarly but I used them to my advantage and could hit them consistently each lap."

"My goal is to finish the West coast series healthy so that I can go into the MX season strong," he added. "A podium finish in the SX Lites would be awesome and that has to be the next step."

Round seven of the series (and the first outing for the East Coast Lites campaigners) will take place at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas next Saturday.

2012 AMA-SX United States

Qualcomm Stadium 12/02/2012 20 Laps
race I

1 Ryan Villopoto Kawasaki USA 15'37.692
2 Chad Reed Honda AUS 0'01.488
3 Ryan Dungey KTM USA 0'22.082
4 Brett Metcalfe Suzuki AUS 0'33.360
5 Josh Hansen Kawasaki USA 0'38.703
6 Justin Brayton Honda USA 0'45.853
7 David D Millsaps Yamaha USA 0'51.835
8 Kyle Chisholm Kawasaki USA -1Laps
9 Mike Alessi Suzuki USA -1Laps
10 Nicholas Wey Kawasaki USA -1Laps
11 Jason Thomas Suzuki USA -1Laps
12 Cody Mackie Honda AUS -1Laps
13 Weston Peick Kawasaki USA -1Laps
14 Robert Kiniry Yamaha USA **-1Laps **
15 James Stewart **Yamaha** USA -1Laps

AMA-SX World Standing

Rider Standings After Race 6 of 17

1. Ryan Villopoto Kawasaki USA 133
2. Chad Reed Honda AUS 127
3. Ryan Dungey Honda USA 123
4. James Stewart Yamaha USA 101
5. Kevin Windham Honda USA 78
6. Brett Metcalfe Suzuki AUS 75
7. Jake Weimer Kawasaki USA 72
8. David D Millsaps Yamaha USA 70
9. Justin Brayton Honda USA 68
10. Josh Hansen Kawasaki USA 64
11. Mike Alessi Suzuki USA 63
12. Andrew Short Honda USA 59
13. Kyle Chisholm Kawasaki USA 56
14. Broc Tickle Kawasaki USA 44
15. Nicholas Wey Kawasaki USA 35
16. Weston Peick Kawasaki USA 24
21. Robert Kiniry Yamaha USA 10
25. Ryan Morais Yamaha USA 7
32. Ben Lamay Yamaha USA 2

Crowd: 58,782
Weather: Dry
Lap Record: 0'47.448 (James Stewart, 1/1/2006)
Last Years Winner: Chad Reed

Manufacturer Standings

1 Kawasaki 135
2 Honda 129
3 KTM 123
4 Yamaha 109
5 Suzuki 81