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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.
 

2011 AMA-SX United States
Qualcomm Stadium 21/02/2011 20 Laps

1 Chad Reed Honda AUS 19’01.203 
2 Ryan Dungey Suzuki USA 0’05.796 
3 James Stewart Yamaha USA 0’28.033 
4 Trey Canard Honda USA 0’30.252 
5 David D Millsaps Yamaha USA 0’32.007 
6 Andrew Short KTM USA 0’33.695 
7 Ryan Villopoto Kawasaki USA 0’34.924 
8 Brett Metcalfe Suzuki AUS 0’35.893 
9 Mike Alessi KTM USA 0’39.968 
10 Justin Brayton Yamaha USA 0’57.510 
11 Nicholas Wey Yamaha USA -1Laps 
12 Kyle Regal Yamaha USA -1Laps 
13 Fabien Izoird Kawasaki FRA -1Laps 
14 Chris Blose Kawasaki USA -1Laps 
15 Ivan Tedesco Kawasaki USA -1Laps 
16 Michael Byrne Yamaha AUS -2Laps 
18 Austin Stroupe Yamaha USA -11Laps 
19 Weston Peick Yamaha USA -13Laps 

AMA-SX World Standing
Rider Standings After Race 7 of 17

1. Ryan Villopoto Kawasaki USA 146
2. James Stewart Yamaha USA 143
3. Trey Canard Honda USA 130
4. Chad Reed Honda AUS 130
5. Ryan Dungey Suzuki USA 123
6. Andrew Short KTM USA 95
7. Brett Metcalfe Suzuki AUS 93
8. David D Millsaps Yamaha USA 78
9. Justin Brayton Yamaha USA 76
10. Ivan Tedesco Kawasaki USA 66
11. Kevin Windham Honda USA 62
12. Nicholas Wey Yamaha USA 54
13. Kyle Regal Yamaha USA 52
14. Kyle Chisholm Yamaha USA 46
15. Mike Alessi KTM USA 43
16. Chris Blose Kawasaki USA 41
17. Weston Peick Yamaha USA 24
19. Thomas Hahn Yamaha USA 17
21. Austin Stroupe Yamaha USA 15
23. Vince Friese Yamaha USA 12
28. Michael Byrne Yamaha AUS 5
31. Jeff Alessi Yamaha USA 3
   
Crowd:
53, 342Weather:
Wet

Lap Record:
0’47.448
(James Stewart, 1/1/2006)

Last Years Winner:
David D Millsaps

Manufacturer Standings
21/02/2011
1 Yamaha 155
2 Honda 148
3 Kawasaki 146
4 Suzuki 134
5 KTM 95