San Manuel Yamaha Racing – Race Report – SX Recap & Results: San Diego
The rain fell hard on the Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego last Saturday for the seventh round of seventeen in the AMA Supercross series – also an FIM World Championship – but over 53,000 spectators were able to witness San Manuel Yamaha’s James Stewart seal a steady third position for his sixth podium result of the season on the YZ450F. Thanks to a first corner tumble and seventh place finish for rival Ryan Villopoto, Stewart was able to shrink the deficit at the top of the class standings to just three points as the series now moves away from the west coast.
The San Diego layout demanded a measure of caution in slick and difficult circumstances and would catch out numerous stars of the SX category. Stewart held second position for a lion’s share of the twenty lap main event until he stalled his race-bike with just five circulations left before the flag. He dropped to fourth but kept pushing and was rewarded when Houston-winner Trey Canard slipped off and he made it to the podium ceremony.
“That rut got pretty deep out there and unfortunately I just made a small mistake,” recollected Stewart. “I wasn’t riding good all day. It wasn’t my kind of track, and I just tried to do my best. My team did an awesome job, though and it was a good night and a good recovery from last week, so I just want to keep it rolling.”
JGR Yamaha’s Davi Millsaps posted his second consecutive top five ranking with fifth while team- mate Justin Brayton placed a third YZ450F on the leader-board with tenth place. Stewart holds a 13 point advantage over Chad Reed, who lies in third in the table, and can potentially overhaul Villopoto if he finishes ahead of the youngster next weekend at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.