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Stewart Wins Anaheim Supercross

Saturday, January 9, 2010
Story and photos by Shan Moore.

James Stewart won the opening round of Monster Energy AMA Supercross at Anaheim, California.

For 17 laps it looked like Ryan Dungey might have James Stewart covered as the Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider kicked off his first full season in the 450 class by bolting into the lead at the start of last night’s main event, putting four seconds on the defending series champ by the eighth lap of the race. And after the nightmare he experienced in last year’s series opener, who would blame Stewart if he settled for second? But Stewart caught a second wind and with the help of a Dungey bobble put his San Manuel Yamaha at the front, eventually holding Dungey at bay to win the opening round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series at Anaheim, California’s Angel Stadium.

For Stewart, his 37th career win was a big relief, especially after the kind of fall he’s had – missing out on winning the King of Bercy title after he became ill just before the final race of the weekend. After consulting a doctor, Stewart cancelled trips to race in Australia and Italy.

“For me, this is my first race in a while, and my first race on the new bike, and this is a lot better than last year’s outcome,” Stewart said, referring to the DNF he suffered at Anaheim 1 last year. “I didn’t really know where my health was, coming in, but I think I proved it’s good. I DNF’ed last year and still came back and won, so this is a lot better start to the year.”

Dungey got the best jump at the start of the main event and had the better line in the first turn, exiting with the lead – just ahead of Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto and Stewart. Chad Reed’s day ended in the first 30 yards of the race, when Suzuki’s Austin Stroupe got squirrelly off the start and clipped the wheel of Reed’s Kawasaki, breaking enough spokes to force a DNF.

Ryan Dungey led Stewart late in the race, but the 450 rookie wasn't able to hang on.

“I was at the wrong place at the wrong time,” said Reed. “The pace is really high right now, and there was nothing that I could do. I was trying to pass another rider and our lines came together.” 

Stewart got around Villopoto in short order, but Dungey had already taken advantage of the clear track and had pulled a good gap. The gap got bigger when Stewart botched his line on subsequent laps.

“I kind of struggled in the beginning part of the race,” admitted Stewart. “I messed that rhythm section up three or four laps in a row. But I knew my conditioning was good so I wasn’t worried. I just put in a few hard laps and I was able to close up on him and make the pass. I just went on the inside of him right before the whoops section – I dove down and got a better run than him at the whoops.”

Dungey certainly didn’t back down after Stewart took the lead on the 17th lap. He stuck tight to Stewart’s rear wheel, and even jumped ahead of Stewart for a few feet, but Stewart retaliated and took the checkers with a good gap over Dungey.

“I got a little lazy and messed up in the whoops,” said Stewart. “Ryan got me but I got him right back. It’s not over ‘til it’s over, and I just stepped up my game and took the win.”

Despite the close loss, Dungey was happy about his performance and the prospects of the coming season.

Kevin Windham came quietly into Anaheim and surprised the field with a strong third place.
“This was a big step for me,” said Dungey. “The 450 class is stacked this year, but I feel I belong here, and I’m thankful to finish second.”

“I was able to put down some clean laps at the beginning of the race, but I got out of my flow towards the end of the race,” added Dungey. “You really had to hit your lines good and if you didn’t you couldn’t hit the timing sections, and that was pretty important. I think he might have messed up at the first of the race, which allowed me to gap him. But then I messed up, which allowed him to get back around me. I tried to make a little effort there at the end, but I just couldn’t get it done.” 

Finishing a surprise third was GEICO Powersports Honda’s Kevin Windham, who passed Red Bull Honda’s Andrew Short and Villopoto late in the race to take the final podium spot.

"For the first time in my career I wasn’t nervous before a race,” said Windham. “I guess 16 years of experience is starting to pay off. We have another year under our belt on the Honda and I just felt really comfortable. But I had my work cut out for me, it wasn’t one of those races where you got a good start and ran out front. I had to really fight for it.”
Chad Reed has a new team and a new attitude for 2010.
Chad Reed's new teammate, Ryan Villopoto, is back in the saddle of the big KX450F. Villopoto was out of commission for part of the 2009 racing season due to a knee injury.

Short ran in third during the early going but eventually settled for fourth, ahead of Villopoto and Valli Motorsport Yamaha’s Ivan Tedesco.

Anaheim 1 SX Results:
1. James Stewart (Yamaha)
2. Ryan Dungey (Suzuki)
3. Kevin Windham (Honda)
4. Andrew Short (Honda)
5. Ryan Villopoto (Kawasaki)
6. Josh Hill (Yamaha)
7. Ivan Tedesco (Yamaha)
8. Justin Brayton (Yamaha)
9. Davi Millsaps (Honda)
10. Grant Langston (Yamaha)
11. Thomas Hahn (Suzuki)
12. Nick Wey (Kawasaki)
13. Greg Aranda (Kawasaki)
14.F. Izoird (Kawasaki)
15.J Keeney (Kawasaki)

In the Lites division, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer grabbed the holeshot and never looked back to win the opening round of the Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites series. Weimer’s teammate, Josh Hansen, ran in second until sliding out on Lap 2. Hansen’s mistake allowed Rockstar Energy/Suzuki/Canidae’s Ryan Morais to move into second place, however, Morais eventually gave way to GEICO Powersports Honda’s Trey Canard. Canard closed slightly on Weimer, but at the finish the order was Weimer, Canard and Morias. The win was the fifth AMA Supercross Lites class win of Weimer’s career.
Jake Weimer took the checkered flag during the SX Lites main event.
Jake Weimer took the checkered flag during the SX Lites main event. The Kawasaki pilot won the season opener last year at Anaheim 1.

“It feels good to have the first one done now,” said Weimer. “I rode smooth, and I did not make any mistakes. For right now, it is weekend to weekend, and the goal is to win races.”

Anaheim 1 250 SX Results:
1. Jake Weimer (Kawasaki)
2. Trey Canard (Honda)
3. Ryan Morais (Suzuki)
4. Blake Wharton (Honda)
5. Wil Hahn (Honda)
6. Broc Tickle (Yamaha)
7. Tommy Searle (KTM)
8. Josh Hansen (Kawasaki)
9. Max Anstie (Yamaha)
10.Jeff Alessi (Yamaha)
2010 Anaheim 1 Supercross Gallery
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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.
Tommy Searle Bio
British rider Tommy Searle is another speedy european rider who splits his effort between racing in the U.S. and overseas. He is currently contesting the MX2 World Championship series for CLS Kawasaki.
Grant Langston Bio
Few have had a career as long and trying as Grant Langston's. From loses to wins, Grant knows racing and knows it well. Since 2010 he has been officially retired.
Matt Goerke Bio
Starting as privateer and transitioning to a factory-sponsored rider, Matt Goerke has slowly been making a name for himself in the 450 class.
Jake Moss Bio
Twin brother to Matt Moss, Jake Moss can be found racing the Australian Supercross series in his home country when he's not stateside.
Kyle Chisholm Bio
Kyle Chisholm was a major success in the Canadian motocross circuit. Now, the 24-year-old is trying to bring that success to the States.
2010 Supercross Point Standings
450 Supercross
250 SX Lites

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honda1 -KTM's  February 2, 2010 12:31 PM
KTM's suck. its like driving a tank around the track when compared to the 2010 Hondas. come on guys.
Dave-298 -Try reading  January 12, 2010 06:41 PM
After the stellar test they gave it in the shootout you think riders would have abandoned their other bikes and gone orange.The only reason ktm wins in Europe is the big 4 jap companies dont give a rats rear about europe.
JaimeB -Dave-298  January 12, 2010 03:27 PM
Dave - you don't like kTm's, don't buy them! KTM doesn't have a US racing budget for SX, maybe a little with FMF and Searle - otherwise the spend racing dollars in the other forms of off-road racing.

In Europe, where they spends the big bucks in MX, they finished second overall on the MX-1 and first overall in the MX-2 World Championship.

Buy the brand you want, but kTm makes awesome off road bikes. Grow-up!
Dave-298 -Where  January 12, 2010 08:00 AM
Were the ktm's that won the 450 shootout??A bike that wins your shootout should have at least made the main event,or was the shootout just crap?
Tony Hale -Hale 24  January 12, 2010 12:30 AM
Great to see Searle and Anstie in the top 10 for the British! Well done guys..
JaimeB -Boots  January 11, 2010 03:38 PM
Hey guys, thanks for the boot info. Interesting! As for Villopoto fans (like me), consider he's been out of racing for about six months - it takes time to get "back on the groove". Don't forget he outran Stewart twice last year. He and Dungey will match James this year. Hope Reed gets better to make it more interesting.
Frank121 -Pace  January 11, 2010 02:30 PM
I have watched it multiple times now and my opinion is Dungy was flying! I still think Stewart was just maintaining a safe distance, watching his lines and struck when needed. Dungy went balls out at the end to catch him and spun. I still think we saw everything Dungy had and not Stewart? Reed is toast and Villipoto needs to get with it. Thumbs up to Windham!
Soledad -Come on  January 11, 2010 10:54 AM
Reed -stomach,Lawrence -tired,,,whats next menstrual cramps,,,,boy I would be so pround to be their sponsor-NOT.
stud1 -Lawrence  January 11, 2010 10:29 AM
They do forget to mention that Jason Lawrence not only qualified for the main event. But decided he was too tired after only 3-4 laps in the main and quite the race! UNBELEIVABLE! Never seen someone wimp out of race like that! He has no business being in there..
John -About time  January 11, 2010 07:00 AM
It's about time Stewart got a challenge, go Dungey! Hopefully, Villopoto will step up his speed as the season continues and challenge for the title too. It should be a more interesting season though, with challengers to Stewart.
Dann-o -Reed  January 11, 2010 04:47 AM
Reed cant carry the Nike boots of the real front runners,lol.
Tim B -Congrats Stewart and Reed!  January 10, 2010 08:04 PM
I would have liked to have seen Villopoto do better. Out of all the current riders I like him the best. It's going to get old seeing Stewart dominate.

Oh and the DNF couldn't have happened to a better rider. At least Reed said the smartest thing that's ever come out of his mouth - "The pace is really high right now, and there was nothing that I could do." We know that you can't "do" the pace of the front runners Chad!
Mxster -oh yea  January 10, 2010 06:37 PM
Holy **** I really though Dungey had this one for sure, I know that Jeff Emig and the GOAT said that they think Stewart was purposely impeding himself to make a challenge for himself to see if he could catch Dungey. But if that were the case then why would Dungey have a 29sec lead on Windham!! Dungey really was riding that fast and James didn't want to admit that finally someone else could take it from him, especially a Rookie! And Dungey proved he was just as fast by attacking James and nearly passing him at the end. I can't wait for the rest of the season. My choice of rider this year is definitely going to be Ryan Dungey. And on a diff. note those Nike Boots are sick, I heard about them a few weeks ago and I can't wait to check em out myself. P.S. BTW Reed IS a Mangina with purty earings
JC -RE: JaimeB - Nike Boots  January 10, 2010 06:35 PM
Check out this blog on the boots. Includes photos and video.

deveaux33 -boots  January 10, 2010 03:57 PM
there nikes
JaimeB -Boots  January 10, 2010 03:34 PM
Noticed the funky looking boots that James S. and Ryan D. were wearing at the Anaheim SX - what brand are they?
Kramer -So if  January 10, 2010 03:03 PM
So your logic is if everyone rode a KTM they would see the podium,and I'm the genius.Ktm's suspension will not allow them to see the podium.
Kevin -@Kramer  January 10, 2010 09:03 AM
Some people just can't accept when their bike doesn't "win". Yep, it's all about the bike. The rider has nothing to do with it.
dub -Reed  January 10, 2010 08:53 AM
Reed is a champion and anyone who says anything bad about him needs to take a look at themselves first. Reed has pushed himself further and harder than anyone who has nothing better to do than put him down on the internet. And he has some championships to show for it.
Go Villopoto your the man!!!
James -@Kramer  January 10, 2010 07:46 AM
Hey genius, the KTM would be competitive in Supercross if Stewart, Reed, Villopoto, Dungey, etc. rode one. All of the 450 motocross bikes are extremely close to one another in terms of their performance. In contrast, the top eschelon of professional SX riders are a huge step ahead of their respective competition. If KTM chose to (or could afford to) hire one of these guys you would see orange on the podium. And since the 450 shootout was for MX and not SX, Mike Alessi riding the KTM in the outdoor series will be a more appropriate reflection of factory bike competitiveness.
W1LLPOW3R -SX results  January 10, 2010 06:52 AM
man, i do like SX, but it looks like its abot as safe as riding Bareback with a five dollar Hooker....
Carl -Reed  January 10, 2010 06:39 AM
He's got an excuse for every day of the week,almost makes me sorry I ride Green.
Kramer -Testers  January 10, 2010 05:48 AM
I thought this was gonna be the year of the KTM??450 Bike that just killed the Jap bikes.Come on guys get some real world testers or dont bother us with inaccurate tests that dont even show your shootout winner making the main event.