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Supercross Las Vegas Results

Saturday, May 2, 2009
Ryan Villopoto
Mike Alessi (800) led early but Ryan Villopoto (2) took the lead and eventual victory.
The angst, anger and aggression of the past 16 rounds culminated in a 20-lap showdown in Sam Boyd Stadium. All roads lead to Las Vegas in the world of Monster AMA Supercross and the final event of the long 2009 season was packed with tension and drama.

San Manuel Yamaha’s James Stewart entered the race with a six-point advantage over Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Chad Reed. From the Suzuki rider’s perspective, he needed to win plain and simple. If that were the case, JS needed to finish no worse than third to claim the championship.

Mike Alessi pulled the holeshot with Stewart second and Reed back in around ninth. JS immediately took the lead through first set of whoops while Reed pounded his way through the pack and was into fourth by the end of the first long lap. After getting around his teammate, Alessi re-passed Reed which drew a massive roar from the crowd, but quickly signaled the reigning champ to get back in front as they pulled even over a triple.

Stewart screwed up in a particular rhythm section when he tried a crazy combination in true Bubba style. The bobble allowed Monster Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto to pass for lead on Lap 3. That section of hard desert soil would plague Stewart for the entire evening as he made several other minor mistakes as the laps ticked off. At the halfway point, Reed was closing fast and looked ready to pounce but lost a little momentum as they got caught up in lapped traffic. Stewart looked ready to allow the Suzuki rider to pass at one point, but Reed failed to take advantage and was forced to follow for awhile longer.

Chad Reed
Reed put a hard move on Stewart that was a major cause for concern from the Yamaha camp.
Stewart finally took a wide line around the entire outside of the left-hand sweeper which allowed Reed the opportunity for a clean move to the inside. Reed, perhaps still feeling the sting of last week’s incident in Salt Lake, instead moved over and shoved Stewart off the track for no legitimate reason. JS, with both feet off the pegs, managed to keep his Yamaha on two wheels and set off to complete the remaining laps.

“What could I do? I needed to win and he needed to finish fourth but that wasn’t very likely to happen,” admitted a dejected Reed. “I just had to sit on him and hope he would make a mistake.”

Knowing he was in a position for the title, James cruised to the checkers while Reed tried in vain to track down the leader. Villopoto took his second career Supercross victory and Stewart claimed his second AMA Supercross title with a hard-earned, well-deserved third place. It was the second consecutive title for Larry Brooks and the San Manuel Yamaha squad.

James Stewart takes the win
James Stewart looked to be a ball of nerves, but the San Manuel Yamaha rider was well aware of what he needed to do for the title.
“I personally think he just rode a smart race for himself,” said RV2. “James is a great rider and a smart one.”

Stewart displayed tears of joy and ecstatic shouts as he received the $100,000 championship bonus and the FIM and AMA awards, closing his season with the promise, “I will be back next season with the Number 1 plate!”

Supercross Results:
1. Ryan Villopoto, Kaw
2. Chad Reed, Suz
3. James Stewart, Yam
4. Kevin Windham, Hon
5. Ivan Tedesco, Hon
6. Mike Alessi, Suz
7. Josh Grant, Yam
8. Andrew Short, Hon
9. Nate Ramsey, Yam
10. Davi Millsaps, Hon

Supercross Overall Standings (Final):
1. Stewart, 377
2. Reed, 373
3. Short, 270
4. Grant, 237
5. Windham, 236

East/West Supercross Lites Shootout

Ryan Dungey
Ryan Dungey was a heavy favorite coming into the East/West Shootout.
The 250F riders convened for another outing, but this time the points are nonexistent and the only payoff is bragging rights until Anaheim 1, 2010. The big money was already settled with Ryan Dungey taking the West Coast title and Christophe Pourcel claiming the title on the Atlantic side. Both riders transferred directly to the Shootout main with Dungey winning his heat on the Rockstar Makita Suzuki RM-Z250. Pourcel rode the ragged edge trying to catch the leader in his heat race, but managed a direct slot.

Blake Wharton holeshot the 15-lap main event with Geico Powersports Honda teammate Trey Canard in second. Pourcel quickly sliced into third while Dungey suffered back in ninth. On Lap 2, Wharton slipped and then allowed Pourcel by entering the long sweeper. Dungey was able to watch the battle in front of him as he closed to fifth.

Jake Moss put an aggressive pass on Wharton as the Geico rider continued to slide. Dungey muscles past Wharton for fourth on Lap 4 and was immediately on Moss’ rear fender, quickly dispatching the Honda rider. Wharton went down in the whoops and dropped to an eventual 11th on the night.

Christophe Pourcel adds his name to the wall of Kawsaki winners
Pourcel already had his title in the bag, but now he can say he's the best 250F rider in America, regardless of which coast they race on.
With three laps to go, the top three were closed up. Former East Coast Lites champion, Canard, was trying to run and hide, but when his rear end swapped exiting a corner his drive for the following rhythm section was lost along with a chance for Shootout victory. Both Number 1 plates went by to dice it out as the white flag came out. Dungey was the fastest man on the track and closing fast on his eastern counterpart. The two champions held the throttles pinned around the massive sweeping left-hander but Pourcel ultimately held on by a single bike length to take the checkered flag.

Canard managed a disappointing third and said, “Man, I felt great out there but just didn’t get it done.” Unfortunately for the CRF250R rider, Dungey and the rest of the SX Lites field, to the victor go the spoils and the Frenchman claimed a new, white Toyota Tundra and a cool $5000 for a tidy bonus package.

Supercross Lites Results:
1. Christophe Pourcel, Kaw
2. Ryan Dungey, Suz
3. Trey Canard, Hon
4. Jake Weimer, Kaw
5. Austin Stroupe, Kaw
6. Ryan Morais, Kaw
7. Justin Brayton, KTM
8. Jake Moss, Hon
9. Wil Hahn, KTM
10. Broc Tickle, Yam
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2009 AMA Supercross Point Standings
AMA Supercross Rider Bios
Jake Weimer Bio
Jake Weimer was one of the more underrated 250 riders before nailing down the West Coast SX Championship in 2010. For 2012, he'll aim to recover from a difficult season plagued by injury.
Kyle Regal Bio
Based out of Kemp, Texas, Kyle Regal is a former rookie who skipped the Loretta Lynn’s amateur nationals in favor of turning pro during the 2009 season.
Justin Barcia Bio
Justin Barcia is one of the most highly touted amateurs to come from American motocross breeding grounds. His recent showing in the premier class has proven he's a real contender.

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D from CA -Nice show of class Reed  May 5, 2009 07:16 PM
I think that what CR did was very unprofessional.Sure he is fast but not as fast as JS. There is a reason that JS came back to win the championship when he DNFed the first race in Anaheim. He proved he was faster almost every weekend. Even RC seemed a little shocked by the lack of sportsmanship displayed by Reed. Also, whoever said that us Americans have one rider that is faster than Reed can stick it. RC already beat the pants off of him and Villipoto will be smoking him soon.lol. Finally, if Reed races the outdoors, he will be like watching paint dry when JS blazes by him.
ty neal -never would have guessed  May 4, 2009 06:27 PM
I am a huge chad reed fan. Bubba im not so much a fan(not being racist) but what reed did was uncalled for, for sure, but he needed to do it to have any chance of winning the champion ship. but if you were gonna do it do it in 180 degree turn so he wouldnt get hurt if u are gonna make him crash(plus it wouldnt have looked so bad on his part) he could have been serioulsy hurt all to win the champion ship. i did not expect reed to do that he isnt that kind of rider. but i dont think reed will do that again.
Seth -Proud aussie- You sepo!  May 4, 2009 08:24 AM
How classic, the cry baby trying to cheat! No wonder why is the PENAL COLONY!
MTGR -Silly and pointless  May 4, 2009 06:27 AM
Reed and Stewart showed just how pointless the whole race had become. Like 2 prize fighters, both trying to throw the bout, dancing around each other for no reason. Reeds’ move was just silly; if you wanted to make a point hit him, for real, and go after the win. Stewarts’ smugness and preaching and antics, from skipping his press obligation through to the victory “speech” showed he is no better. I guess it makes sense the AMA officiates like it is little league baseball when the main contenders are both just spoiled little boys. RC had me believing some of the other wunderkind might finally grow into men too, but no such luck. At least Villopoto remembered what he is being paid for, not sure that is enough to keep me invested in this “sport” any longer though.
John -Sick races!  May 4, 2009 05:58 AM
Who cares about all the Reed/Stewart drama, RV looked better than both of them! I can't wait for him to dominate the outdoors. If only the Lites race were longer, Dungey would have flew by the Frenchman.
Darin Woolridge -What happened to HONOR and INTEGRITY  May 4, 2009 05:04 AM
I think we are really missing the point here. A TRUE champion is one who can win while actually racing, not putting someone off the track when they are letting them by. Chad had 11 other opportunities to beat Bubba fairly but couldn't, he just doesn’t have what it takes to be a champion as long as Stewart is there and he proved that in Vegas.
Nigel from NZ -Aussie whingers  May 4, 2009 02:53 AM
Aussies have a rep for whining and thet are doing nothing to change that. Reed had his chances. Didnt take them and lost. End of story. Villopoto will be the only one to challenge JS next season.
CString -x2468...stewart won every head-to-head battle? really?  May 3, 2009 10:42 PM
I'm pretty sure it was back and forth at Indy with Reed being the winner.
Sam from Cali -It's OVER!!  May 3, 2009 09:42 PM
Stewart is the champion and there's nothing any Reed fan can say about it that will change ANYTHING!!! Write all you want, the bottom line is Stewart won more races, ran faster lap times almost EVERY WEEKEND and won fair and square. The season was filled with ups and downs for both riders, especially Stewart. Stewart is the fastest man on the planet. Ask yourself this, would you bet a months pay against Stewart in a fair race against Reed? I know it's hard to accept it, but Reed fans have to move on.
Proud Aussie -Better than all you americans!!! Nearly!  May 3, 2009 09:02 PM
Its funny that from a country of 20 million (aus) compared to the gazillion in the usa there is only one rider out of the gazillions in the u.s that can beat our aussie chad!! Especially how many riders you guys have over there and how big the sport is!! I only wish that we had all the support over here as you guys do there then it would be a all aussie affair in the u.s!!! How funny that would be!!!! Keep tying yanks!!!!!!
Bruce -Reed tries to take out Stewart to win  May 3, 2009 07:34 PM
Reed definite should be disqualified for Vegas race. His tactics which he says in the interview, he tried to take out Stewart because he couldn't allow him a third place finish. Reed is classless. Instead he should have passed Bubba sooner and gave it his all to catch Villopoto, would have given his fans and non-fans better respect as a racer. He failed in tactics and lost the war. Go back to Australia which is "England's California" colony, we don't need your style here in America. American Suzuki needs to drop him, he is no replacement for Carmichael.
subparwelder -vegas supercross  May 3, 2009 07:12 PM
With Villopoto in the picture next year, looks like Chad will no longer be the fastest of the rest. GO STEWART
x2468 -josh you need to wake up  May 3, 2009 07:00 PM
Stewart would have won in salt lake regardless. if you watch the replay, chrisholm didn't even slow reed down. I understand it pissed him off and probably messed with him mentally. but it didn't cost him any positions. Stewart has won every head to head battle with Reed EVER. with the exception of last night when stewart cruised to the victory. why would salt lake be any different? the only thing it did was ruin a good race for the fans and put doubt on stewarts championship. but if you think about stewarts likelihood of winning salt lake was like 9.99 out of 10. even if hadn't james would have beat him in vegas and took the title. sad part is, i was kind of leaning towards reed to win after seeing what stewarts team mate did. but after i saw that pass he did where he tried to run stewart off the track, it erased all that.
Josh from Australia -wake up  May 3, 2009 06:00 PM
Like it or not chad was winning the series up until chisolm "DELIBERATLY" shunted Chad. Now non of you Bubba fans had a problem with that, and im positive chisolm would have gotten a VERY nice bonus from Yamaha under the table for what can only be described as the horrific sportsmanship ending chads reign. Though when Chad does a similar thing to the new series leader its the worst thing in racing. This is the highest level of racing and it isn't just about championships and money its about these riders lives and what they are willing to do to be the best in life. For all those negative comments towards Chad, sit back and with all honesty say you wouldn't do the same thing in the same situation (pause....) I thought so. wake up to yourself
Dan from Texas -Fine Chad Reed  May 3, 2009 05:38 PM
Regardless what happened the previous week, JS was letting Chad by and Chad decided to park him. An obvious case of poor sportsmanship. If Jason Lawrence get's fined 10K for falling down while taking an agressive line, Chisolm gets fined 5K for falling down while taking an agressive line, then I think the Reed is up for a fine too! RU LISTENING AMA????? Let's play fair now!
Fired up in TN -I'm a retard  May 3, 2009 04:42 PM
Chad Reed is a whiny little mama's boy & could only try to win by pushing over Bubba. Bottom line folks, Bubba is just faster & a much better rider. Keep crying Reed fans. Bunch of whiners.
Crozley -Reed to Stewart  May 3, 2009 02:47 PM
I have never ever been a Bubba fan until this year, I have always thought of him as cocky and immature. But after watching the entire season this year I have gained new respect from him and maybe thats because he is growing up and becoming a man. Stewart showed showed talent while Reed went from hero to zero while trying to take Stewart out of the race. I think Chad will lose hundreds of fans over this and i will to be the first to say I am no longer a Reed fan.
Booked -Las Vegas  May 3, 2009 01:52 PM
It was good race! Chad didn't do anything wrong, that's racing folks. As far as Bubba, well he whines too and my gosh, learn a little humility for goodness sakes! I've never seen someone soooo cocky (like a young RJ)! There's no doubt that he has brought racing to that next level, but he's not perfect and he certainly doesn't have a good personality for his fan base. He's got a long ways to go, yeah he's fast but if you can't keep it up on two wheels, or at least one, he's not going to win anything! Winning by four points ain't a slam dunk. Chad has seat time and knows how to race, and contrary to some here, blocking IS part of racing. I think young Ryan has been given that boost of confidence he so desperately needed. He's going to be a force to recon with in 2010. Good luck to Chad, James and Ryan and all the other competitors in the up coming race season. Remember your fans! Your hard work got you the ride, but it's your fans that will keep you there.
Jeffrey Hirschi - UT -What a hard earned victory!  May 3, 2009 12:52 PM
I believe without a doubt that Stewart deserved this championship!!! Atta Boy Bubba!
Kory -James Reed  May 3, 2009 12:44 PM
How can you deny James is a better racer than Chad Reed? (silence...) That's what I thought! Nice work Bubba, Chad Reed is crying all over again!
Laughing in PA -Grow up already!  May 3, 2009 11:29 AM
Chad Reed is such a sour puss! Instead of whining about getting blocked and how dirty of a team San Manuel is, he needs to focus on how not to get his butt handed to him from someone who was behind him on points. I think the real story here is how Chad Reed can't handle the pressure. James Stewart rode a smart race, knowing full well not to ride risky. He even gave Chad openings to let him pass. So what does Chad do? Preverbally spit in his face by running wide in Monster Alley to purposely attempting to put James down. If he was really that angry about not winning, he should have focused on riding better all season instead of pulling a dirty move like that last race of the season, that ultimately meant nothing. James is an aggressive rider, no doubt about that. But Chad is crying on deaf ears if he expects to be given the championship. Grow a sack already Chad and step your game up! The only thing you proved is that you can win when James is not on the track. As for Fired up in TN, you need to grow up as well. As Somewhere in Ohio stated, you don't DQ a whole team for one rider's actions unless they find it's an ongoing practice. In my opinion, I think the suspension and the fine given to Chisholm was warranted from the AMA. I think Chisholm acted on his own, trying to help out a teammate. But as most of us can see, James doesn't need any help. Chad on the other hand is a different story. Keep in mind, this isn't the first time Chad tried to purposely take someone out. It seems when he sees someone is faster or better than him, he gets dirty. Am I the only one who sees this??? That's not the answer. This is also why he will always be 2nd best when James is riding the same race.
MotoGuy -Sad  May 3, 2009 11:29 AM
I understand Reed may have had no choice but to rough up Stewart but seriously. If you're going to try to put someone down, do it while they're racing NOT when the guy is letting you by. That looked so bad on Reed's part. Very dissapointing. He should have done his best in catching Villapoto and make an attempt at taking the last win of the year.
BC -Chad is a D-bag  May 3, 2009 10:20 AM
Chad's a first class D-bag! He's a dirty cry baby and will always be in someone else's shadow. He wouldn't even pass Stewart when Stewart pulled off for him because he wanted to put him down. This isn't crash up durby, rubbing is racing, but purposely trying to take him out was the type of action I've come to expect of Reed.
Somewhere in Ohio -rubbing elbows and handle bars  May 3, 2009 09:19 AM
Stewart will only get faster he has already said that he has much more speed that he can use if needed. But since RC has left I have never seen any reason for him to have to use it. Why should the whole San Manuel team be DQed for something that Chisolm did? if anyone should be DQed it would be Chisolm only. You don't DQ the whole team for what one rider did in a race. As long as a rider doesn't actually touch the rider he is trying to block theres no reason to DQ anyone. But if the blocker does touch well then thats another story and does or should result in some kind of action from AMA.
Fired up in TN -stewarts goin down next year  May 3, 2009 08:35 AM
paul from hawaii, SHUT UP!, Reed did what pretty much anybody would have did in his situation, maybe u just started watching supercross so i'll let u know that that has always gone on between people battling for points. The whole San Manuel team should have been DQed for the final round for having a lapped Chisolm try to take out Reed, i hope reed punts stewart and chisolm off the track every time he passes em.
paul from hawaii -what a race!  May 3, 2009 07:19 AM
first of all my family and i really enjoyed watching the finals.The AMA should be ashamed of yourselves for not disqualifying chad reed for his poorsport racing.James stewart in the other hand has shown what a champion should act like and raced a smart race