Stewart Scores First Monster EnergyÂ® Supercross Win of the Season at Chase Field Weimer Wins First AMA Supercross Lites Race of his Career PHOENIX (January 12, 2008) -- Monster EnergyÂ® Kawasaki's James Stewart, of Haines City, Fla., won his...
Stewart Scores First Monster Energy® Supercross Win of the Season at
Weimer Wins First AMA Supercross Lites Race of his Career
PHOENIX (January 12, 2008) -- Monster Energy® Kawasaki's James Stewart, of Haines City, Fla., won his first Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, race at Chase Field tonight before 46,121 fans. Torco Fuels Honda's Jake Weimer, of Rupert, Idaho, won his first Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites main event in an amazing 15-lap battle.
Rockstar Makita Suzuki's Mike Alessi, of Victorville, won the $1,500 Progressive Holeshot Award with Stewart and Team San Manuel's Chad Reed, of Tampa, Fla., following in second and third respectively. Stewart made quick work of Alessi as he moved into the lead. On the same lap, Reed moved into second place.
On lap two, Reed passed Stewart, but Stewart regained the position a few turns later. Reed chased Stewart for the next 18 laps but was unable to make the pass. The win is Stewart's second consecutive at Chase Field.
"I knew all along that I felt good, and I was able to ride a decent race," said Stewart. "If you have to get ready, you aren't ready."
"It was a good race, and I had fun out there," said Reed. "It was a typical Phoenix track; slick and dry."
Torco Fuels Honda's Jake Weimer, of Rupert, Idaho, won the $1,000 Progressive Holeshot Award, with Suzuki's Ryan Dungey, of Belle Plaine, Minn., following closely in second and Yamaha's Broc Hepler, of Kittanning, Pa., in third to open the Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites feature. Dungey moved in to the lead on lap two, and Hepler snuck into second place. This set up an epic race that included at least seven passes for the lead.
On lap four, Hepler passed Dungey for the lead, but Dungey struck back and he moved into the lead. The two changed positions until lap 10 when Dungey bobbled in a corner, allowing Hepler and Weimer to move into the number one and number two positions. On lap 11, Hepler spun out and Weimer assumed first place with Dungey in second. Dungey stalked Weimer until the last lap when he unsuccessfully attempted to pass Weimer.
"I got the holeshot for the first time in my life, so that made it easy to stay up front," said Weimer. "I just stayed smart out there, and I was able to take advantage when I needed to."
Racing returns next Saturday, January 19, at Anaheim's Angel Stadium. SPEED will broadcast the AMA Supercross class tomorrow at 6:00 p.m. EST and the AMA Supercross Lites class January 19 at 1:00 p.m.