James Stewart made up for last years round one disaster with a superb display of riding at the first round of the Monster Energy Supercross championship in Anaheim, California.
Stewart didn’t have it all his own way as Suzuki SX class rookie Ryan Dungey led the race for 17 laps only to be caught and passed by Stewart. Dungey didn’t stop chasing the Yamaha rider down and on the final lap he managed to get side by side which was an outstanding effort.
“I stayed consistent throughout the race,” said Stewart. “I started to push myself during the last 10 laps and that is what racing is all about. I wanted to be there at the end and I was.”
Dungey will walk away with his head held high after this performance for sure and with the season just starting the it certainly isn’t over yet.
“It was amazing,” said Dungey. “I had a few bobbles, and I am here learning. There is always another race. No excuses, James rode a great race, and this was a fun debut for me.”
Quite possibly the surprise of the night must go to Kevin Windham after finishing in third, Andrew Short rode his normal consistent for fourth but many fans were expecting more from fifth placed Ryan Villopoto – early days yet so expect more from him.
Chad Reed last years runner up didn’t even make it to the end after breaking a spoke on lap two but what we can’t understand is why team didn’t change the wheel – all very odd.
Jake Weimer won the Supercross Lites West race, leading all 15 laps from start to finish. Trey Canard was second, followed by Ryan Morais of Murrieta in third.
Weimer, the fastest qualifier and a rider from Rupert, Idaho, won by 4.391 seconds over Canard.
“It feels good to come away with a win,” Weimer said.
Blake Wharton finished fourth, rallying through the field after qualifying and starting 17th in the 20-rider field. Wil Hahn finished fifth.
Two British riders found themselves in the top ten at the end of the race, Tommy Searle seventh and Max Anstie ninth. Both riders came into Anaheim as US Supercross newbies so both riders can walk away proud on what they have achieved, after a few more rounds both will be challenging for top 5 spots I’m sure.
|AMA Supercross Class Results: Anaheim 1
1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha
|Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites Class Results: Anaheim 1
1. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki