Motocross Glen Helen Results Rnd 1/12

May 25, 2008
JC Hilderbrand
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James Stewart - Glen Helen
James Stewart is right back where he’s used to being – on top of the Motocross podium. JS went 1-1 and led every lap of the opening round at Glen Helen.

Anyone who had doubts about whether or not James Stewart has to be 100% healthy in order to win has their answer. The Monster Kawasaki rider swept the opening round of Toyota AMA Motocross going 1-1-1 in his first race back after knee surgery. Basically that means it’s going to suck for everyone else this summer as long as Stewart stays remotely fit. Of course, that has proven to be a problem in years past, but the Kawi rider has certainly started his 2008 campaign on the right note.

“I am stoked to come back and get a 1-1 today,” said Stewart. “We have been working hard. I didn’t know where I was going to be at, but I was having a blast out there. I feel like we can improve and each we can get better. I’m looking forward to going to Sacramento (next week) and that track is rough and it should be hot.”

Moto 1 was pretty straightforward up front with Stewart, Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Mike Alessi running 1-2 from start to finish. Monster Kawasaki’s Tim Ferry was holding down third for the majority of the race before Red Bull Honda’s Davi Millsaps moved by on Lap 11. Ferry would finish fourth with Millsaps’ teammates Andrew Short, Ben Townley and Ivan Tedesco in fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively.

Moto 2 was much the same with JS and MA repeating the performance and Millsaps scooting wire-to-wire in third. Ferry was again fourth while Tedesco snuck in for fifth and the same rank overall. Stewart has a six-point lead over Alessi heading into Round 2 which will kick off in Sacramento next week.

Motocross Results:
1. James Stewart, Kaw, 1-1
2. Mike Alessi, Suz, 2-2
3. Davi Millsaps, Hon, 3-3
4. Timmy Ferry, Kaw, 4-4
5. Ivan Tedesco, Hon, 7-5
6. Michael Byrne, Suz, 9-7
7. Sean Hamblin, Yam, 8-8
8. Cody Cooper, Suz, 14-6
9. Nick Wey, KTM, 10-10
10. Jeff Alessi, Hon, 13-9

Motocross Standings:
1. Stewart, 50
2. Alessi, 44
3. Millsaps, 40
4. Ferry, 36
5. Tedesco, 30

Motocross Lites

Austin Stroupe - Glen Helen
Austin Stroupe has yet to see the checkered flag at an outdoor National, but he just picked up the first overall victory of his career in the MX Lites division.

With so many hungry youngsters coming into the Nationals it was certain that reigning 250F champion, Ryan Villopoto, would have his hands full. It was his own Monster Pro Circuit Kawasaki teammate who would steal the thunder from RV’s KX250F. Austin Stroupe didn’t get a moto win, but the blazing fast Californian scored the overall with 2-3 moto finishes.

Boost Mobile Yamaha of Troy rider Jason Lawrence snared Moto 1 with a clean run out front. Meanwhile, the Monster PC Kawis of Brett Metcalfe and Stroupe were duking it out for the final podium spots. Stroupe gave way on Lap 4 but surged ahead again on the next-to-last lap. Metty finished third with Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey in fourth and Villopoto fifth after fighting back from 10th on the opening lap.

Stroupe hopped into the point position on Lap 2 of the second go ’round but slipped to fourth after falling on Lap 6. He immediately renewed his battle with Metcalfe and again got the best of the veteran to finish third. Villopoto rallied to the moto win for a 5-1-2 result while Lawrence finished the day 1-5-3. Dungey followed RV in the second outing to cash out a 4-2-4 and edge Metcalfe into fifth overall with his 3-4.

“I came (into the season) ready to go,” said Stroupe. “But it’s going to be tough. Ryan (Villopoto) got a really bad start in the first moto and we had to play catch up with Jason Lawrence. But other than that, me and Brett (Metcalfe) rode a strong race and had a good battle. In the second moto I made a mistake. We were running a faster pace and he (Villopoto) was pressuring me and my front wheel washed out and put me on my back. It took me a couple laps to get back but I made a clean pass on Brett later on.”

Motocross Lites Results:

Ryan Villopoto - Glen Helen
A tough Moto 1 left Ryan Villopoto in a bad spot for the overall, but he did everything he could by winning Moto 2 and coming out of the first round in second place.

1. Austin Stroupe, Kaw, 2-3
2. Ryan Villopoto, Kaw, 5-1
3. Jason Lawrence, Yam 1-5
4. Ryan Dungey, Suz 4-2
5. Brett Metcalfe, Kaw, 3-4
6. Jake Weimer, Hon, 7-7
7. Matt Lemoine, Yam, 6-9
8. Trey Canard, Hon, 14-6
9. Kyle Cunningham, Hon, 10-11
10. Tommy Hahn, Kaw, 15-12

Motocross Lites Standings:
1. Stroupe, 42
2. Villopoto, 41
3. Lawrence, 41
4. Dungey, 40
5. Metcalfe, 38

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