Stewart Carries Three-Race Win Streak into Houston’s NRG Stadium
Anderson Holding Down Western Regional 250SC Class Points Lead
After winning his 50th Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, race last weekend in St. Louis, Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart hopes to keep his winning streak alive at Houston’s NRG Stadium this Saturday night. After a seven-race break, the action in the Western Regional 250SX Class heats up in Houston with Rockstar Energy Racing’s Jason Anderson holding down a four-point lead over Troy Lee Designs/Honda’s Cole Seely.
Some key insights into this weekend’s race are:
Stewart is the winner of 50 450SX Class races
Stewart has three consecutive wins and five on the season
Villopoto has eight podiums this year and a 35-point lead
Anderson has a four-point lead in the Western Regional 250SX Class
In his first race back, Trey Canard earned his first top-five since Salt lake City last year
Before a record-breaking 60,213 fans at the Edward Jones Dome, Stewart won his third consecutive Monster Energy Supercross race and fifth of the season.
Smartop/Motoconcepts Racing’s Mike Alessi was the early lead after capturing the Nuclear Cowboyz® Holeshot Award in the 450SX Class Main Event. Villopoto passed Alessi early on and held the lead until Lap 10, when Stewart made the move and rode to victory.
“This is a special night for me,” said Stewart. “This year I have been having a lot of fun winning races. Tonight was a great race for me; I was able to make the pass and ride to my 50th win. That is huge for me. I never thought I would win 50 of these races.”
Villopoto finished second and has eight podium finishes this season.
“It’s all about the big picture and the championship for me,” said Villopoto. “I can’t afford to make any big mistakes. I was able to get a good start and put in some good laps early on.”
Team Honda/Muscle Milk’s Justin Barcia earned his third podium of the season with a third-place finish.
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Martin Davalos led all 15 laps to win the Eastern Regional 250SX Class Main Event and extended his championship points lead to eight as the tour takes a break until the first-ever race at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
“This was a tough race tonight,” said Davalos. “Again, the start was key, and I was able to get the early lead and hold on. I want to enjoy this win and go back and keep working hard.
During the last Western regional 250SX Class main Event, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Justin Hill won the first Western Regional 250SX Class Main Event of his career and became the fourth different rider to win a race this year in the division.
“What an amazing feeling to get a win,” said Hill. “I had a lot more confidence after getting on the podium in Oakland and I was able to stay focused. I was so focused I missed the white flag, so when I got the checkered I kept charging thinking there was one more lap. This is just so awesome.”
Inside NRG Stadium for the 2013 race, Villopoto won his fifth consecutive 450SX Class race. Rockstar Energy Racing’s Blake Wharton won his first Eastern Regional 250SX Class Main Event of the year.
Since 1974, Houston has been on the 450SX Class schedule. From 1974-2000, the Houston Astrodome played host to the Houston stop until it was moved to NRG Stadium in 2003. The first 450SX Class race in Houston was on March 15, 1974, where Jim Pomeroy earned the win. Eddie Warren became the first 250SX Class winner in Houston on April 20, 1985. Jeremy McGrath, the all-time winningest supercross rider, shares the all-time win record in Houston with Mark Barnett with five.
450SX Class Results: St. Louis
James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki
Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki
Justin Barcia, Pinetta, Fla., Honda
Ken Roczen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM
Trey Canard, Edmond, Okla., Honda
Eli Tomac, Cortex, Colo., Honda
Josh Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Suzuki
Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM
Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM
Justin Brayton, Cornelius, N.C., Yamaha
450SX Class Season Standings
Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 268
Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 233
James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki, 232
Ken Roczen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 215
Justin Brayton, Cornelius, N.C., Yamaha, 196
Justin Barcia, Pinetta, Fla., Honda, 176
Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM, 166
Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki, 126
Wil Hahn, Menifee, Calif., Honda, 122
Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Kawasaki, 111
Eastern Regional 250SX Class Results: St. Louis
Martin Davalos, Cairo, Ga., Kawasaki
Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda
Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki
Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Honda
AJ Catanzaro, Portland, Conn., Honda
Cole Thompson, Brigden, Ontario, KTM
Matt Bisceglia, Weatherford, Texas, Honda
James Decotis, Peabody, Mass., Honda
Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha
Gannon Audette, Tallahassee, Fla., Kawasaki
Eastern Regional 250SX Class Season Standings
Martin Davalos, Cairo, Ga., Kawasaki, 149
Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda, 141
Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki, 120
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