Unstoppable Stewart takes fifth consecutive win

Round six of the 2009 AMA Supercross series and the third and final stop in the Anaheim stadium, Los Angeles, was the scene of LandM San Manuel Yamaha rider James Stewart's latest triumph and his fifth win in a row. The 23 year old's imperious streak of success continues on the YZ450F and his masterful escape to victory from gate-to-flag means that Yamaha maintain their 100% record in the current campaign as Joe Gibbs Racing's Josh Grant claimed the opening event.

The 51st Main at Anaheim witnessed Yamaha's 18th collection of the winner's garland and thanks to Grant's sensational debut effort they have swept the LA trio of races.

Stewart's latest accomplishment came after another electric start in which he was able to front the field and keep Chad Reed at bay, despite a greasy surface from rainfall before and during the action. The distance between the two protagonists fluctuated throughout the twenty minute duration but the AMA Motocross champion was never viably threatened and celebrated his 30th SX career victory when he crossed the line.

"I saw Chad behind me. We stayed the same distance, then I pulled away and soon got caught up with the lappers; he came close again and it was good racing. I think, for me, it was kind of tough because the lappers were battling each other and I knew he was following close behind, but hey,it was a great race. I put myself in the best position and I was able to get a win," said the victor, who passed everyone up to 6th position.

With 5th spot in Los Angeles '09 Rookie Grant sustained his run of top five finishes. He had been circulating as high as third when he suffered a nasty-looking crash. Grant recovered to fifth in a determined ride but had some chest pain after the race. He stays third in the table, 16 points behind Stewart.

Stewart was initially 19 points adrift of standings leader Reed after his surprising DNF at round one. He has closed the gap to just 3 as Reed has chased him into the runner-up position for the last five meetings.

Round seven takes place next week in the confines of the Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.

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2009 AMA-SX Anaheim, CA 09/02/2009
Race 1 - 20 Laps
Pos. Rider Manu. Nat. Total Time
1 James Stewart Yamaha USA 20'42.523
2 Chad Reed {{{Suzuki}}} AUS 0'3.386
3 David D Millsaps {{{Honda}}} USA 1'9.106
4 Ivan Tedesco Honda USA 1'10.212
5 Josh Grant Yamaha USA 1'24.661
6 Andrew Short Honda USA -1 Laps
7 Kevin Windham Honda USA -1 Laps
8 Josh Hill Yamaha USA -1 Laps
9 Kyle Chisholm Honda USA -1 Laps
10 Tim Ferry Kawasaki USA -2 Laps 11 Mike Alessi/td>Suzuki USA -2 Laps
12 Matt Boni Honda USA -2 Laps
13 Steve Boniface Honda FRA -2 Laps
14 Paul Carpenter Kawaski USA -2 Laps
15 Nicholas Wey Yamaha USA -2 Laps
Rider Standings |07/02/2009
Pos. Rider Manu. Nat. Points
1 Chad Reed Suzuki AUS|130
2 James Stewart Yamaha USA 127
3 Josh Grant Yamaha USA 11
4 Andrew Short Honda USA 102
5 Ivan Tedesco Honda USA 91
6 Ryan Villopoto Kawasaki USA 88
7 Kevin Windham Honda USA 82
8 David D Millsaps Honda USA 75
9 Mike Alessi/td>Suzuki USA 68
10 Tim Ferry Kawasaki USA 67
11 Josh Hill Yamaha USA 64
12 Paul Carpenter Kawaski USA 46
13 Heath Voss Honda USA 45
14 Nicholas Wey Yamaha USA 32
15 Benjamin Coisy Honda FRA 31
Manufacturer Standings |07/02/2009
Pos. Manufacturer Points
1 Yamaha 150
2 Suzuki 130
3 Honda|114
4 Kawasaki 101
5 KTM 13
Anaheim III Podium
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