Can Stewart Make it Two in-a-Row?
TORONTO (December 6, 2005) ¿ In his first-ever Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP, Kawasaki’s James Stewart, of Haines City, Fla., won the opening race of the season at Toronto’s Rogers Centre, besting reigning World Supercross GP champion Ricky Carmichael, of Havana, Fla., and former World Supercross GP champion Chad Reed, who finished second and third respectively. This weekend the 19-year-old phenom makes his début race at Vancouver’s B.C. Place Stadium.
Former AMA Supercross Series runner up David Vuillemin will be racing in Vancouver this weekend in hopes of mixing it up with Stewart, Carmichael and Reed.
SPEED Channel will air the World Supercross GP race from Vancouver’s B.C. Place Stadium Sunday, December 11 at 6:00 p.m. EST and will air the Supercross Lites race Saturday, December 17 at 6:00 p.m. EST.
Stewart, who has two 125cc regional supercross championships to his name, raced a limited 250cc season (now referred to as the Supercross class) in 2005 due to a broken arm. Despite an early crash, Stewart pounded out some of the fastest lap times of the evening before passing Carmichael on lap 13. The lead change didn’t last long as Carmichael, the winner of 14 AMA National titles, returned the pass.
Stewart’s pass for the win was on lap 17.
“I am lucky that I didn’t stall my bike when I crashed,” said Stewart. “I was following Ricky’s lines and I caught him late in the race. The more I can learn from Ricky, the better I can be. I want to learn from him; he is the greatest. I have not won the championship yet, but I want to keep riding smart.”
Former World Supercross GP champion Chad Reed was a bit off the pace but still managed to get on the podium. He will be prepared for this weekend’s race in Vancouver.
“I’m excited about this season,” said Reed. “My bike is fine; I just need to go back to Florida and get some bugs worked out. We were a little rusty tonight, no excuses. I am happy to be on the podium and we learned a lot. I will come out swinging next week.”
“We had bike trouble on Friday and fixed it. I was scared on Friday and I should not be. I wanted to make a few things happen, like put some good laps together and get a good start. The track was good tonight. I actually have this same one in my backyard. I hope they keep it up during the season.”
Carmichael, the winner of the Toronto and Vancouver races last year, enjoyed the challenge posed by Stewart.
“It was fun,” said Carmichael. “James (Stewart) was obviously faster than me. I guess he was playing with me. I look forward to next weekend, and I enjoy racing. We raced clean and that’s a good time. Every time I ride I learn something new.
“Once I saw that James fell, I tried to put my head down and get up front. There is no reason to jump to conclusions about anything. I would have liked to win but I will try and improve.”
Stewart’s physical conditioning was where he needed it to be.
“Obviously he (Stewart) is in pretty good shape; he did 20 laps tonight, so he is ready,” said Carmichael.
Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP Event Results
- James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki
- Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., Suzuki
- Chad Reed, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha
- Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki
- Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Honda
- Michael Byrne, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki
- Jason Thomas, Melrose, Fla., Honda
- Justin Buckelew, Riverside, Calif., Honda
- Jeff Gibson, Westerville, Ohio, Honda
- Doug DeHaan Thorndale, Ontario, Honda
Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP Season Standings
- James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki, 25
- Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., Suzuki, 22
- Chad Reed, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha, 20/li>
- Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 18
- Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Honda, 16
- Michael Byrne, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki, 15
- Jason Thomas, Melrose, Fla., Honda, 14
- Justin Buckelew, Riverside, Calif., Honda, 13
- Jeff Gibson, Westerville, Ohio, Honda, 12
- Doug DeHaan Thorndale, Ontario, Honda, 11
Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Lites Event Results
- Davi Millsaps, Cairo, Ga., Honda
- Josh Hansen, Temecula, Calif., KTM
- Billy Laninovich, Corona, Calif., Honda
- Jake Weimer, Corona, Calif., Honda
- Michael Willard, Thornville, Ohio, KTM
- Mitch Cooke, Brookfield, Nova Scotia, Honda
- Brady Sheren, Surrey, British Columbia, Kawasaki
- Ryan Lockhart, Springhill, Nova Scotia, Suzuki
- Dennis Ewing, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Honda
- Kyle Keast, Lindsay, Ontario, Honda
KTM Junior Supercross Challenge Results
- R. Beaton
- K. Walker
- C. Strachan
- C. Moore
- M. Pepin
- B. Smethhurst
- M. Machan
- F. LeFlamme
- C. Buckley
- L. Godkin
- R. Piercey
- B. Wenner
- N. Learn
- B. Cormier
- T. Wilkin
For more information about the Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP/Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series, please log on to www.supercross.cc.com.
About Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP¿/Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series
Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP is a 17-round global series that is produced and promoted by Clear Channel Entertainment and Dorna Off Road S.L. The Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series is a 16-round national series within the United States that is produced and promoted by Clear Channel Entertainment, with the exception of the event held in Daytona Beach, Fl. that is independently produced by the International Speedway Corporation and also is not a part of the Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP. Riders must compete in the international rounds to be eligible to win the World Supercross GP championship. In 2005-2006, the 17-event Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP will be comprised of two international events and 15 of the 16 events that are conducted in major cities throughout the United States as a part of the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series. The winner of the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series will be crowned as the national champion for that series.
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States. Its properties include the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series, the AMA Motocross Championship presented by FMF, the AMA Superbike Championship presented by Parts Unlimited, the AMA Ford Quality Checked Flat Track Championship and the AMA Supermoto Championship. For more information about AMA Pro Racing, visit www.amaproracing.com.