Yamaha's James Stewart claimed his first win in eight rounds in St. Louis ahead of Ryan Dungey and Ryan Villopoto.
Under the bright lights of the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, San Manuel Yamaha’s James Stewart
claimed his first win since Anaheim 2 during Round 14 of the 2011 AMA Supercross
Championship. The ’09 champ was followed by Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey and Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto. In the Lites class Geico Powersports Honda’s Justin Barcia continued to power through the championship by claiming his third win of the season ahead of Yamaha’s Ryan Sipes and Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett.
Hart & Huntington Kawasaki’s Ivan Tedesco
fought for the holeshot ahead of Dungey, Stewart, TwoTwo Motorsports’ Chad Reed and Villopoto. Stewart quickly shot into second ahead of Dungey, and wasted no time taking the lead from Tedesco. Meanwhile, Honda’s Trey Canard
suffered a bad start outside the top-15 as Dungey blasted past Tedesco for second with Reed and RV following suit. Stewart was riding brilliantly in the lead, putting in laps that were two seconds quicker than the rest of the field. Honda’s Kevin Windham, JGRMX Yamaha’s Davi Millsaps, Canard and Valli Motorsports Yamaha’s Austin Stroupe ran sixth through ninth, respectively, on Lap 7.
Reed began hovering over Dungey’s rear wheel as Windham began working on Tedesco to move into the top-five. With more than a four-second lead ahead of the field, Stewart continued to ride flawlessly as Reed landed on a
After finishing second in St. Louis, Suzuki's Ryan Dungey is runner-up in the standings just five points behind RV.
tuff block. The obstacle slowed him down, allowing Villopoto to pass for third. Shortly after Windham and Canard advanced ahead of Tedesco to claim fifth and sixth.
After winning the last round, Canard turned a bad start into a terrific comeback when he passed Windham to move into the top-five. With Stewart putting in solid laps, Dungey began matching the leader’s pace, but his effort proved futile as Stewart had already established a decent gap. Dungey’s only moment to strike occurred when Stewart hit lappers. But Stewart expertly maneuvered through the congestion and rocketed away. Stewart secured his fourth victory of the season and ended a debilitating winless streak.
“It’s been a while since I have been up here,” said Stewart. “This feels great, and I am really happy for the team, who have been behind me 100% this year."
Dungey finished second in the contest and continued his consistency on the podium to claim second in the standings just five points behind the leader. RV rounded out the top-three finishers, with Reed and Canard finishing fourth and fifth, respectively.
“I’ll take a third place finish; it is much better than last year,” said Villopoto. “I am looking forward to going to my hometown race next weekend in Seattle.”
St. Louis AMA Supercross Results:
1. James Stewart (Yamaha)
2. Ryan Dungey (Suzuki)
3. Ryan Villopoto (Kawasaki)
4. Chad Reed (Honda)
5. Trey Canard (Honda)
6. Kevin Windham (Honda)
Ryan Villopoto earned third in Round 14 and leads the championship by just five points with three rounds left.
7. Davi Millsaps (Yamaha)
8. Ivan Tedesco (Kawasaki)
9. Austin Stroupe (Yamaha)
10. Andrew Short (KTM)
11. Thomas Hahn (Yamaha)
12. Chris Blose (Kawasaki)
13. Nick Wey (Yamaha)
14. Kyle Regal (Yamaha)
15. Michael Byrne (Suzuki)
2011 AMA Supercross Championship Points:
1. Ryan Villopoto, 275
2. Ryan Dungey, 270
3. Chad Reed, 267
4. Jams Stewart, 259
5. Trey Canard, 255
6. Andrew Short, 185
7. Kevin Windham, 165
8. Davi Millsaps, 143
9. Justin Brayton, 141
10. Ivan Tedesco, 127
Justin Barcia earned his third win this season and now leads the East Lites series by 20 points ahead of Wilson.
Baggett smoked the field heading into the wide left-hander in St. Louis, but the hard-charger couldn’t keep his distance from Barcia. Blasting out of the first turn, Barcia grabbed the lead with Sipes, Baggett, Lance Vincent, DNA Shred Stix Yamaha’s Gannon Audette, Honda’s Blake Wharton
, Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson and Hunter Hewitt following. There were some tense moments early in the race between Sipes and Barcia as the two swapped positions. However, Barcia put a major block pass on Sipes to make it stick, and five laps into the contest Barcia was on his way to another victory.
After finally getting a great start, Baggett chipped away at Sipes for second while Wilson advanced ahead of Wharton for fourth in the order. Sipes and Barcia were really laying it down with some fast laps, and by Lap 8 it appeared the duo were going to take their fight to the finish line. However, Sipes couldn’t keep Barcia’s frantic pace and slowly began to lose time on the leader with just five laps left. Meanwhile Baggett continued to eat away at Sipes’ lead, and the Yamaha rider soon found his position under attack. As Sipes and Baggett battled, Barcia took the opportunity to throw down some quick laps and put more than five seconds ahead of the field.
Sipes began to hit lappers which gave Baggett a slight advantage. Once clear, the Yamaha YZ250F
rider picked up his pace again and Baggett couldn’t keep up. In the final laps Barcia never let up. Leading by more than five seconds on the final lap, Barcia eventually crossed the finish line jump for his third win of the season ahead of Sipes and Baggett.
“Tonight was crazy,” said Barcia. “I know that this championship is coming down to the wire, and I look forward to the final race in Las Vegas. It wasn’t easy out there tonight. (Ryan) Sipes passed me out there, but I stayed focused and re-passed him.”
After taking two wins in a row Wilson finished fourth in the order after being unable to overcome a major gap behind the top-three. Wharton rounded out the top-five finishers in St. Louis more than 30 seconds off the pace of the leader.
Barcia increased his lead in the series to 20 points ahead of Wilson. The East Coast Lites series now hits a short break before it returns for its final round in Las Vegas on May 7th.
St. Louis AMA Supercross Lites Results:
1. Justin Barcia (Honda)
2. Ryan Sipes (Yamaha)
3. Blake Baggett (Kawasaki)
4. Dean Wilson (Kawasaki)
5. Blake Wharton (Honda)
Ryan Sipes finished second and is currently third in the series more than 20 points behind Dean Wilson.
6. Gannon Audette (Yamaha)
7. Hunter Hewitt (Suzuki)
8. Lance Vincent (Honda)
9. Les Smith (Honda)
10. Taylor Futrell (Honda)
11. Darryn Durham (Honda)
12. Matt Lemoine (Kawasaki)
13. Bradley Ripple (Honda)
14. Tyler Bright (Honda)
15. Levi Kilbarger (Honda)
2011 AMA Supercross Lites Championship Points:
1. Justin Barcia, 185
2. Dean Wilson, 165
3. Ryan Sipes, 141
4. Blake Bagget, 134
5. Blake Wharton, 125
6. Matt Lemoine, 105
7. P.J. Larsen, 80
8. Malcolm Stewart, 73
9. Lance Vincent, 69
10. Hunter Hewitt, 67