San Diego Supercross Insider

February 16, 2009
Coverage Provided by Vital MX

James Stewart - San Diego
James Stewart continues his win streak as the series moves east.

We’re just short of the halfway point in the 2009 Monster Energy Supercross season, and in some ways, it feels like the first half was a dress rehearsal for Act II.

The top two riders in the Supercross class, Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Chad Reed, and San Manuel Yamaha JSE’s James Stewart are now tied atop the point standings following the most recent round in San Diego. Of course, it took six straight wins to erase the 23-point deficit that Stewart had after the crash and he suffered in the first round of the season at Anaheim 1.

Once again, Reed finished in second spot, and as he’s told us in the past, “You have to be in it to win it.” Can he start putting some extra pressure on James? It’ll be interesting to see as we head East.

Last week after his win at the final round of the season at Anaheim, Stewart said that he wanted to be as close as possible to the points lead as the series headed to the East coast, and he accomplished that goal. Now we’ll see what happens as we head to the relative safety (at least where weather is concerned) of domed stadiums for five of the next six races. There was some concern about the weather heading in San Diego, but fortunately the riders and fans were spared any of the precipitation that visited Anaheim last week.

Of course, that one exception to the domes in the upcoming rounds is at Daytona, where last year we had one of the most epic rain races ever seen…

Something cool to see in San Diego was the return of two riders who’d been MIA, making a talent-laden field even tougher. Yamaha Factory Racing’s Broc Hepler was back in action after crashing and breaking a collarbone during practice at A1. Also, Rockstar Makita Suzuki got Michael Byrne back for the first time this year after a pre-season wrist injury. Both riders made the main event, and Byrne was particularly surprising, finishing second in his heat race. Michael also had a top ten (eighth-place) finish, but unfortunately, Broc Hepler had a hard crash at the three-quarter mark of the main event, which left him sidelined for the remainder of the main event. Here’s hoping that he’s healthy enough to return for next weekend.

First Corner - San Diego
The lites class battle for points is as close as ever and with only two races left in the season.

Oh, and remember our original topic? About the season-to-date being a dress rehearsal? That hold true for the Lites West guys as well. After swapping up the finishing positions from last weekend, this time around it was Ryan Dungey (Rockstar Makita Suzuki) in the top spot, and Jake Weimer in third. So now only two points separate those two… and Jake’s Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki teammate, Ryan Morais, is only 11 back of the lead duo. But, as we head east now, these guys get eight weeks to think about how they’ll handle the final two races of the series, in Seattle and Salt Lake City.

Just for fun, it does make you wonder which class Jason Lawrence will be racing by then, the Supercross Lites, or if he’ll just stick to racing a 450 like he’s talked about doing soon.

Be sure to check back next week after the round in Atlanta, where we continue the battle for supremacy atop the Supercross standings. We’ll also get a better idea of how the Lites East class stacks up, with Christophe Pourcel, Brett Metcalfe, Nico Izzi, Austin Stroupe, and the rest of the East competitors.


2009 Monster Energy Supercross
San Diego, CA

Supercross Lites Heat 1

Josh Grant  Andrew Short  Mike Alessi - San Diego
Short (29) had a pretty clean race in San Diego edging out Villopoto for the third place spot on the podium.

1. Trey Canard
2. Jake Weimer
3. Justin Brayton
4. Cole Seely
5. Dan Reardon
6. Michael Lapaglia
7. Eric McCrummen
8. Danny Bajza
9. Alex Martin

Supercross Lites Heat 2

1. Ryan Dungey
2. Ryan Morais
3. Chris Blose
4. Ryan Sipes
5. Jeff Alessi
6. Ryan Clark
7. Jake Moss
8. Sean Borkenhagen
9. Derek Costella

Supercross Heat 1

1. Andrew Short
2. Michael Byrne
3. Mike Alessi
4. Ivan Tedesco
5. Kevin Windham
6. Troy Adams
7. Benjamin Coisy
8. Tommy Hahn
9. Nick Wey

Supercross Heat 2

1. James Stewart
2. Chad Reed
3. Ryan Villopoto
4. Josh Grant
5. Broc Hepler
6. Heath Voss
7. Kyle Chisholm
8. Timmy Ferry
9. Charles Summey

Supercross Lites LCQ

1. Ben Evans
2. Michael Sleeter

Supercross LCQ

1. Davi Millsaps
2. Steve Boniface

Supercross Lites Main Event

1. Ryan Dungey (Suzuki)
2. Ryan Morais (Kawasaki)
3. Jake Weimer (Kawasaki)
4. Trey Canard (Honda)
5. Ryan Sipes (KTM)
6. Justin Brayton (KTM)
7. Chris Blose (Honda)
8. Jake Moss (Honda)
9. Jeff Alessi (Honda)
10. Cole Seely (Suzuki)
11. Eric McCrummen (Honda)
12. Ben Evans (Honda)
13. Sean Borkenhagen (Honda)
14. Derek Costella (Honda)
15. Alex Martin (Honda)
16. Michael Lapaglia (Suzuki)
17. Ryan Clark (Honda)
18. Dan Reardon (Honda)
19. Danny Bajza (Honda)
20. Michael Sleeter (KTM)

Supercross Main Event

1. James Stewart (Yamaha)
2. Chad Reed (Suzuki)
3. Andrew Short (Honda)
4. Ryan Villopoto (Kawasaki)
5. Davi Millsaps (Honda)
6. Mike Alessi (Suzuki)
7. Kevin Windham (Honda)
8. Michael Byrne (Suzuki)
9. Nick Wey (Honda)
10. Ivan Tedesco (Honda)
11. Charles Summey (KTM)
12. Tommy Hahn (Kawasaki)
13. Kyle Chisholm (Yamaha)
14. Timmy Ferry (Kawasaki)
15. Heath Voss (Honda)
16. Troy Adams (Honda)
17. Steve Boniface (Honda)
18. Benjamin Coisy (Honda)
19. Broc Hepler (Yamaha)
20. Josh Grant (Yamaha)

Supercross Lites West Point Standings

1. Ryan Dungey 135
2. Jake Weimer 133
3. Ryan Morais 124
4. Justin Brayton 103
5. Ryan Sipes 85
6. Chris Blose 82
7. Dan Reardon 59
8. Trey Canard 54
9. Jeff Alessi 51
10. P. J. Larsen 51

Supercross Point Standings

1. James Stewart 142
2. Chad Reed 152
3. Andrew Short 122
4. Josh Grant 112
5. Ryan Villopoto 106
6. Ivan Tedesco 102
7. Kevin Windham 96
8. Davi Millsaps 91
9. Mike Alessi 83
10. Timmy Ferry 74

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