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Stewart Continues Dominant Run as Amp'd Mobile Supercross Returns to San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium AURORA, Ill. (February 13, 2007) -- Kawasaki's James Stewart added another accolade on his season last Saturday night at Houston's Reliant Stadium...

Stewart Continues Dominant Run as Amp'd Mobile Supercross Returns to San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium

AURORA, Ill. (February 13, 2007) -- Kawasaki's James Stewart added another accolade on his season last Saturday night at Houston's Reliant Stadium when he captured his fifth win of the season and padded his points lead in Amp'd Mobile World Supercross GP/Amp'd Mobile AMA Supercross Series. This Saturday Amp'd Mobile Supercross returns to San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium where another weekend of exciting racing will unfold.

Last weekend Stewart, 21, of Haines City, Fla., earned his 16th career Amp'd Mobile Supercross win before a crowd of 49,973 at Reliant Stadium. Stewart patiently worked his way through the field after a sixth-place start while his teammate Tim Ferry led the field after winning the $1,500 Progressive Direct Holeshot Award. On lap six, Stewart moved into the lead and rode to victory. Yamaha's Chad Reed finished second and Ferry finished third. The win moved Stewart into the top 10 on the all-time AMA Supercross win list.

"I never try to pass too quickly, especially lately," said Stewart. "I just know that when someone passes you, you just have to get them back to break that wind sail. Tonight, I made a few passes that I think broke a few people; I went by so quick that they were like, man, I don't know. I got myself a little gap and it was history from there."

Honda's Kevin Windham, of Centerville, Miss., passed Ferry early in the race and controlled the third place position until lap 18, where he pressured Windham to make a mistake. This is the first time in Ferry's career that he's made it to the podium in back-to-back weekend and Windham's first top five finish of the season.

"With four or five laps to go, I could see that I was catching him a second to two seconds a lap," said Ferry, who sits third in both the Amp'd Mobile World Supercross GP and Amp'd Mobile AMA Supercross Series point standings. "I knew at that point that if I kept that pace that I could get him. Within about two laps, I was right behind him and was able to make the pass on lap 18."

In the Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites class, Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto, of Poulsbo, Wash., scored his fifth win and extended his points lead to 34 over Yamaha's Jason Lawrence, of Carlsbad, Calif.. Villopoto led the first five laps of the main event before crashing and handing the lead to Lawrence. After remounting, Villopoto charged past Lawrence for the win. Lawrence finished second while Honda's Josh Grant, of Riverside, Calif., was third.

"(A lapped rider) just jumped right off the table top, hit a tuff block and went down right in front of me," said Villopoto in reference to his crash on lap six. "I had nowhere to go and ran right into him. I got back up and chased (Lawrence) down for the win."

One of the circuit's most legendary stops, San Diego packed in 69,005 fans into Qualcomm Stadium last year, which snapped the venue's attendance record, dating back to the first race 1980. Last year's monumental race saw Stewart and Suzuki's Ricky Carmichael trade positions for 18 of the 20 laps. Stewart, competing in his first full season in the premier AMA Supercross class, trailed Carmichael for the first 18 laps before making a clean pass and riding off to his fifth win of the season. Stewart regards Qualcomm Stadium his favorite track on the circuit.

In the AMA Supercross Lites class, a better script could not have been written last year as Honda's Andrew Short, who led the entire race, held off hard-charging Kawasaki rider Grant Langston. Short finished just 0.837-seconds ahead of Langston, who went on to win his second AMA Supercross Lites championship.

Yamaha's Mike Bell won the inaugural AMA Supercross race in San Diego October 25, 1980. Seven-time AMA Supercross champion Jeremy McGrath, of Encinitas, Calif., holds the all-time win record at San Diego with five. Kawasaki's Todd Campbell won the inaugural AMA Supercross Lites class on January 26, 1995. Former World Supercross GP and AMA Supercross champion Chad Reed, of Tampa, Fla., peeled off third consecutive wins from 2003-2005.

-credit: www.supercrossonline.com

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Series AMA , Other bike
Drivers Ricky Carmichael , Kevin Windham , Jeremy McGrath , Chad Reed , Josh Grant , Mike Bell , James Stewart , Andrew Short , Jason Lawrence