Stewart Makes it Four in a Row at AT&T Park; Weimer Wins Second Lites Class Race of '09 Season SAN FRANCISCO (January 31, 2009) -- James Stewart, of Haines City, Fla., won his fourth consecutive Monster EnergyÂ® AMA Supercross, an FIM World ...
Stewart Makes it Four in a Row at AT&T Park; Weimer Wins Second Lites Class Race of '09 Season
SAN FRANCISCO (January 31, 2009) -- James Stewart, of Haines City, Fla., won his fourth consecutive Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, race at AT&T Park before 39,414 fans. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki's Jake Weimer, of Rupert, Idaho, won his second Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites class race, snapping the two-race win streak of Ryan Dungey, who rides for the Rockstar/Makita Suzuki's team.
After setting the fastest lap time in today's practice, Stewart, who rides for the San Manuel Yamaha team, grabbed the holeshot to start the AMA Supercross class main event with Rockstar/Makita Suzuki's Mike Alessi, of Apple Valley, Calif., and Monster Energy Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto, of Poulsbo, Wash., following in second and third respectively. Rockstar/Makita Suzuki's Chad Reed, of Tampa, Fla., started in fourth and moved into second place on lap three.
Reed, who went on to finish in second place, spent the rest of the race chasing Stewart but had little luck in making up ground. Villopoto finished third.
"We are working really hard this year," said Stewart. "I felt good tonight and the track was tough. It was an awesome night for me."
"I still have the points lead," said Reed. "Right now that is important and we go back to Anaheim next weekend, so we will work to get better."
Weimer opened the AMA Supercross Lites class main event with the holeshot leading Suzuki's Cole Seely, of Newbury Park, Calif., through turn one. Dungey started in fourth and by the end of lap one he moved into second place. GEICO Powersports' Trey Canard, of Shawnee, Okla., moved into third place on lap three.
After failing to pass Weimer on the first 11 laps of the main event, Dungey made the pass and lost his front end, causing him to crash. The crash allowed Canard to move into second place. Dungey remounted, passed Canard for second where he finished. Canard earned a season-best third place.
"I earned the first podium of my career here in San Francisco, so this is a special place for me," said Weimer. "I rode a smart and calm race tonight. Ryan (Dungey) was riding great, but it's good for me to pick up the win."
"I was a little impatient," said Dungey about making the pass. "I made the move and it didn't work out. We will see what happens next weekend in Anaheim."
The AMA Supercross class will air on CBS Sports tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. EST and the Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites class race will on air on SPEED on Noon EST.