Stewart Reels off $100,000 Win at Rockstar Energy Drink U.S. Open Inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena LAS VEGAS (October 10, 2009) -- James Stewart, who rides for the San Manuel Yamaha race team, swept both nights of racing to win his...
Stewart Reels off $100,000 Win at Rockstar Energy Drink U.S. Open Inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena
LAS VEGAS (October 10, 2009) -- James Stewart, who rides for the San Manuel Yamaha race team, swept both nights of racing to win his third Rockstar Energy Drink U.S. Open tonight inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena and took home $100,000.
GEICO Powersports Honda's Dan Reardon, of Murrieta, Calif., won the holeshot before being passed by Monster Energy/Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto, of Poulsbo, Wash., later in lap one. Villopoto took advantage of Stewart's poor start and opened up a big lead while Stewart began working his way through the field.
On lap four, Stewart, of Haines City, Fla., quickly passed Reardon and set his sights on Villopoto. Stewart and Villopoto traded positions on lap 10 as Stewart moved into the lead and rode off to the win. Honda Red Bull Racing's Davi Millsaps, of Tallahassee, Fla., passed Reardon for third place on the second to last lap.
"It was a fun race," said Stewart. "I didn't get the start that I wanted but I got the job done. The money is one thing but our team works really hard so this is rewarding for them. I was able to put in some really strong laps after I made my way around (Dan) Reardon."
Chris Alldredge pushed his Yamaha to tonight's moto win in the Alpinestars 85cc Mini Invitational and the overall championship. Alldredge, who finished second last night, opened a big lead over last night's winner Adam Cianciarulo. On the final lap, Cianciarulo pulled up to Alldredge's back wheel, but was unable to pass him.
"I tried to get the best start I could," said Alldredge. "Last year I came into this race and didn't do that well. I learned how to ride the whoops a lot better so I will be more comfortable when I race supercross."
"I got hit off the start and came out almost dead last; it was hard to work through the pack," said Cianciarulo. "I tried my best and tried to make up time where I could. I will be back next year."