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Seattle Supercross Results 2011

Saturday, April 16, 2011
James Stewart made it two in a row in Seattle and trails the series leader by nine points with just two rounds left.
James Stewart made it two in a row in Seattle and trails the series leader by nine points with just two rounds left.
Under brisk weather and brutal track conditions, San Manuel Yamaha’s James Stewart pulled off a major win at Seattle’s Qwest Field in the 2011 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship. His fifth win of the season, Stewart now trails by nine points in the series. Meanwhile, Geico Honda’s Kevin Windham and TwoTwo Motorsports’ Chad Reed nabbed second and third, respectively. The West Coast Lites series returned with Lucas Oil TLD Honda’s Cole Seely pulling the victory ahead of Geico Powersports Honda’s Eli Tomac and Monster Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Broc Tickle. Tomac now leads by just two points ahead of Kawasaki’s Josh Hansen with two rounds left in the championship.

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Kawasaki's Ivan Tedesco snagged credit for the holeshot, with a confusing clutter at the first turn that included a pileup for some riders. Windham got an awesome start in the main, much to the pleasure of Seattle fans, with Reed taking an outside line battling Windham. Stewart also battled up front, with Tedesco and Red Bull KTM’s Mike Alessi all running in the top-five. Washington’s own Ryan Villopoto had a poor start and was running down in 10th, as Stewart worked up to the front and began opening his lead. Defending champ, Ryan Dungey, crashed early and was running 11th during the opening laps.
 
On Lap 3 Alessi began putting pressure on Reed. Windham used the opportunity to quickly move past Alessi and into third while RV continued making up ground back in seventh. On Lap 5 the top-nine order was: Stewart,
Kevin Windham scored his first top-five result of the season.
Windham (#14) scored his first top-five result of the season.
Reed, Windham, Alessi, Kyle Regal, RV, Tedesco, Tommy Hahn and Dungey. Shortly after, RV broke into the top-five and Dungey managed to move up to eighth just a lap later. Up front Stewart was running away with the contest and leading by more than eight seconds.
 
Alessi nearly hit the deck in the last half of the race when he ran off the track. The incident gave fourth to Villopoto while Dungey took over fifth just behind. On Lap 12 Dungey went down for the second time, dropping to sixth.
 
Windham continued to chase the frontrunners and capitalized on a big crash by Reed with just a few laps remaining. The incident allowed Windham to take over second as Reed recovered in third with RV right behind. On the last lap the two became caught in an intense feud for the final podium position. They traded paint with RV eventually crashing in the whoops.
 
Stewart secured a monumental victory that puts him one step closer to winning the championship.
 
“Tonight was awesome,” said Stewart. “I had fun all day. I thought the track was awesome, it was so tough. I was just trying to stay consistent because I knew it was going crazy behind me. You can look out there and see how rough it is, but my San Manuel Yamaha was working awesome. I’m looking forward to Salt Lake City.”

Windham proved that with age comes wisdom by claiming second in the difficult conditions. Despite his crash, Reed moved up to second in the standings just six points from Villopoto, who still leads the series after finishing fourth.

Seattle AMA Supercross Results:
1. James Stewart (Yamaha)
2. Kevin Windham (Honda)
Chad Reed suffered a crash late in the main but held on to finish on the podium and move up to second in the series.
Chad Reed suffered a crash late in the main but held on to finish on the podium and move up to second in the series. 

3. Chad Reed (Honda)
4. Ryan Villopoto (Kawasaki)
5. Ryan Dungey (Suzuki)
6. Mike Alessi (KTM)
7. Kyle Regal (Yamaha)
8. Davi Millsaps (Yamaha)
9. Tommy Hahn (Yamaha)
10. Andrew Short (KTM)
11. Michael Byrne (Suzuki)
12. Nick Wey (Yamaha)
13. Fabien Izoird (Kawasaki)
14. Ivan Tedesco (Kawasaki)
15. Jason Thomas (Suzuki)

2011 AMA Supercross Championship Points:
1. Ryan Villopoto, 293
2. Chad Reed, 287
3. Ryan Dungey, 286
4. James Stewart, 284
5. Trey Canard, 255
6. Andrew Short, 196
7. Kevin Windham, 187
8. Davi Millsaps, 156
9. Justin Brayton, 141
10. Ivan Tedesco, 134

Cole Seely returned to the Lites class after riding 450s and earned his second victory of the season.
Cole Seely returned to the Lites class after riding 450s and earned his second victory of the season.
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Seely fought his way through the pack for the holeshot ahead of Pro Circuit Kawasaki duo of Tickle and Hansen. DNA Shred Stix Yamaha’s Kyle Cunningham and Monster Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Tyla Rattray also got a good jump on the gate and rounded out the top-five in the opening lap. Seely’s time on the 450s seems to have paid major dividends as he was clearly the fastest rider in the field. Just as he opened a substantial gap, however, the advantage was erased when Seely nearly lost it heading into a triple.
 
Cunningham was being aggressive early on and put the moves on Hansen for third. His effort would be erased shortly after though by a fall. Meanwhile, Tomac also advanced ahead of Hansen as the Kawasaki rider began falling off the pace. Up front Seely was dominating with a four-second lead. After his fall Cunningham was in sixth with Ryan Morais, Martin Davalos and Travis Baker running sixth through ninth, respectively on Lap 8.
 
As Rattray approached Hansen for fourth, Seely’s lead increased to more than nine seconds. Rattray made the pass over Hansen, with Cunningham also getting around to move up to fifth. In the end Seely scored his second victory of the season, making his win look easy as he coasted over the top of the finish line.
 
“It feels great to come back and get win,” said Seely. “I’ve been practicing my starts and my biked hooked up tonight and worked great. I think the extra time on the big bikes really helped prepare me to come back.”
 
Tomac picked up second after winning second from Tickle in the final laps. Cunningham and Rattray rounded out the top-five finishers, while Hansen managed sixth under considerable pain from a crash earlier during practice.

Seattle AMA Supercross Lites Results:
1. Cole Seely (Honda)
2. Eli Tomac (Honda)
3. Broc Tickle (Kawasaki)
4. Kyle Cunningham (Yamaha)
5. Tyla Rattray (Kawasaki)
Eli Tomac is just seven points behind in the West Coast Lites Championship after finishing second in Seattle.
Eli Tomac is just seven points behind in the West Coast Lites Championship after finishing second in Seattle.

6. Josh Hansen (Kawasaki)
7. Ryan Morais (Suzuki)
8. Martin Davalos (Suzuki)
9. Travis Baker (Honda)
10. Gared Steinke (Kawasaki)
11. Ben Evans (Kawasaki)
12. Topher Ingalls (Honda)
13. Nick Paluzzi (Yamaha)
14. Tommy Weeck (Honda)
15. Preston Mull (Kawasaki)

2011 AMA Supercross Lites Championship Points:
1. Broc Tickle, 145
2. Josh Hansen, 143
3. Eli Tomac, 138
4. Cole Seely, 113
5. Ryan Morais, 110
6. Tyla Rattray, 96
7. Kyle Cunningham, 89
8. Ken Roczen, 83
9. Martin Davalos, 82
10. James Decotis, 67
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AMA Supercross Rider Bios
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Kyle Regal Bio
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Justin Barcia Bio
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Tommy Searle Bio
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Grant Langston Bio
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