Stewart Answers Back with Monster EnergyÂ® Supercross Win at Superdome Stroupe Scores Second Lites Class Win and Moves into Second Place Overall NEW ORLEANS (March 14, 2009) -- Team San Manuel Yamaha's James Stewart, of Haines City, Fla., won...
Stewart Answers Back with Monster Energy® Supercross Win at Superdome
Stroupe Scores Second Lites Class Win and Moves into Second Place Overall
NEW ORLEANS (March 14, 2009) -- Team San Manuel Yamaha's James Stewart, of Haines City, Fla., won his eighth race of the 2009 Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, season before 36,754 fans at the Superdome. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki's Austin Stroupe, of Lincolnton, N.C., won his second Eastern Regional AMA Supercross class main event of the season and moved into second place in points standings
Stewart jumped out to an early lead with the holeshot as Reed was on his back wheel to start the AMA Supercross class main event. After winning the previous two races, Reed spent the 20-lap race chasing Stewart, who put down 20 perfect laps. Reed settled for second and Stewart moves within eight points of Reed's championship points lead.
Yamaha's Broc Hepler, of Kittanning, Pa., picked up his first podium of the season with a third-place finish.
"I got a great start," said Stewart. "I had to win tonight -- point blank. I had to win. This is what I needed heading into the race next weekend in St. Louis."
Stroupe rocketed off to a great start in the Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites class main event, picking up the holeshot and riding to victory. GEICO Powersports' Tyler Wharton, of Pilot Point, Texas, trailed Stroupe through turn one in second place but crashed a few turns later, handing the position to his teammate Daniel Blair, of Modesto, Calif.
Current Lites class points leader Christophe Pourcel, of Corona, Calif., started the main event in 12th place and moved into the fourth-place position on the last lap. On lap three former AMA Supercross Lites class champion Brandon Jesseman, of New Brighton, Pa., made a pass on Blair to secure the number-two position. From there it was give and take as Jesseman would close up a bit and then Stroupe would regain the advantage. In the end, Jesseman held his position and picked up the first podium of his season.
Tyler Wharton's brother Blake worked his way through the pack and earned a career-best third place finish. "This gives me the confidence to know that I can run up front with these guys," said Wharton.
"It was a technical track tonight, so I had to ride smart," said Stroupe. "It was important to get the holeshot because I was able to get out front and ride my own race."