James Stewart bid his time and moved into the lead for good with seven laps to go. After such a tumultuous season, he's now in the driver's seat with only one race left.
James Stewart stalked his nemesis Chad Reed through the first half of the Supercross main event in Salt Lake's Rice-Eccles Stadium. Reed had the holeshot and was in perfect position to reclaim the championship lead from the get-go. Stewart tested the waters on Lap 4 and 8, but once Lap 13 rolled around it was time for Stewart to strike and the San Manuel JSE Yamaha stole into the lead for good.
“I got the holeshot and started the race out great,” said Reed. “There are little things here and there that I need to work on, but it was a good race. We head to Las Vegas next weekend for the last race of the season, and I am looking forward to it.”
Reed would give chase on his Rockstar Makita Suzuki but as the laps wound down it was Stewart who was stronger. The win was Stewart's 11th on the season and he is now six points ahead of Reed with one race to go.
“That was a fun race for me,” said Stewart. “We passed one another several times and it was fun. Chad was on it tonight, and I almost crashed a few times. We have one more race next weekend in Las Vegas.”
Reed has a six point deficit to make up in the final round. Anything can happen in Las Vegas.
Red Bull Honda's Davi Millsaps finished on the podium for the second consecutive race. The third-place results moved him into a tie with Ryan Villopoto. RV finished fourth and shares the seventh position with Millsaps with 208 points apiece.
1.James Stewart, Yam
2.Chad Reed, Suz
3.Davi Millsaps, Hon
4.Ryan Villopoto, Kaw
5.Andrew Short, Hon
6.Josh Grant, Yam
7.Kevin Windham, Hon
8.Matt Boni, Hon
9.Tommy Hahn, Kaw
10.Ivan Tedesco, Hon
Supercross Overall Results:
Jake Moss jumped out to the early lead after passing holeshot winner, Ryan Dungey, and held the point position for seven laps as the order shuffled behind him. Points leader, Dungey, circled in second on his Rockstar Makita Suzuki before taking over the lead when Moss crashed and holding it until Lap 12. At that point Dungey started to fade and succumbed to Trey Canard, then Jake Weimer and finally Ryan Morais on the last lap. Canard picked up his first win of the season for the Geico Powersports Honda team.
Ryan Dungey is the 2009 West Coast Supercross Lites champion.
“This win tonight is great for me,” said Canard. “I have had a rough season and to end it like this is all worth it.”
The the Monster Pro Circuit Kawasaki duo followed to the checkers. Weimer snared another four points on Dungey, but it wasn't enough as the RM-Z250 rider cruised to the West Coast SX Lites championship by a margin of 179-173.
“I want to thank my family and team for being there for me,” said Dungey on the championship. “I lost the battle but won the war tonight. There are so many people that helped me get to this point in my career and I want to thank them.”
Morais landed in third for the season tally with Justin Brayton in fourth with a fifth-place result in Salt Lake. The West riders will square off against the East as the series heads to Las Vegas for the annual Shootout.
Supercross Lites Results:
1.Trey Canard, Hon
2.Jake Weimer, Kaw
3.Ryan Morais, Kaw
4.Ryan Dungey, Suz
5.Justin Brayton, KTM
6.Chris Blose, Hon
7.Jake Moss, Hon
8.Kyle Cunningham, Kaw
9.Michael Hall, Yam
10.Ben Evans, Hon
Supercross Lites Overall Standings (final):
- James Stewart - 357
- Chad Reed - 351
- Andrew Short - 257
- Josh Grant - 223
- Kevin Windham - 218
West Coast SX Lites (Final)
- Ryan Dungey - 178
- Jake Weimer - 173
- Ryan Morais - 166
- Justin Brayton - 119
- Chris Blose - 110
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