$10 Treadhead® Seats Still Available for Monster Energy® Supercross Race in Houston
AURORA, Ill. (January 20, 2009) – While San Manuel Yamaha's James Stewart, of Haines City, Fla., is on a two-race win streak, Rockstar/Makita Suzuki's Chad Reed, of Tampa, Fla., takes over the points race as Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, heads to Houston's Reliant Stadium this Saturday night. With tickets available for as low as $10, fans can watch this epic showdown in the AMA Supercross class and the opening race of the Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites class.
Media day is Thursday, January 22 from Noon-2:00 in the press box at Reliant Stadium, featuring the Monster Energy Kawasaki team's Tim Ferry and Ryan Villopoto. Villopoto and Ferry will be available for interviews and will ride the track for the media.
With three races completed, the hotly contested AMA Supercross class has seen two winners, JGRMX/Yamaha/Toyota's Josh Grant (Anaheim 1) and Stewart (Phoenix & Anaheim 2). Last Saturday night 43,009 Monster Energy® fans at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif., watched Stewart win his second consecutive race of the year and chipped away at the points deficient he was faced with after finishing 19th at the season opener.
Heading into Phoenix's Chase Field Stewart was 23 points out of the points race; his victory there moved him up to seventh place in the standings (18 points out of the points standings) and a win Saturday night in Anaheim moved him into fourth place, just 12 points behind Reed. A three-time winner in Houston, Stewart continues his quest to the top.
"I didn't get the greatest start," said Stewart. "It was a freight train out front, but I was able to get around Windham (Kevin) and Ryan (Villopoto). I came up short on the triple jump and lost my back brake for a few laps."
Reed knows something about comebacks as well. Starting in last place Saturday night in Anaheim, Reed used every lap of the 20-lap main event to claw his way into second place, which was good enough to take over the points lead from Grant. Reed, a two-time winner in Houston, races for his first win of the 2009 Monster Energy® Supercross season.
"I was somewhere in the top five off the start and someone took me out," said Reed. "I tried to play damage control tonight," added Reed. "It was a super difficult track to pass on. We have the points lead now, so I am so excited. Our team has been working their butts off, and I am confident. I tried to be smart for 20 laps. I knew these guys would get tired, so I kept my head down and charged hard."
The AMA Supercross class main event at Angel Stadium began with GEICO Powersports Honda's Kevin Windham, of Centerville, Miss., winning the holeshot and leading the first 10 laps before Stewart passed him for the lead.
The riders competing on the Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites class championship will take a break as the Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites class championship begins at Reliant Stadium. Rockstar Makita Suzuki's Ryan Dungey, of Belle Plaine, Minn., takes a six point lead into the break over Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki's Ryan Morais, of Murrieta, Calif.
Coming into Anaheim, Dungey enjoyed a two-point lead. In the main event, he passed Morais for the lead and rode off to his second consecutive race win of the season and extended his points lead.
"It was a great ride," said Dungey. "I heard the fans every step of the way. The track played out really good for us. This is really enjoyable. We have a two week break in the Lites class, so we can go back and work hard and show up prepared for the next race."
The Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites class championship will be headlined by last year's winner at Reliant Stadium Austin Stroupe (Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki) rookie Blake Wharton (Geico Powersports Honda), veteran Brett Metcalfe (Geico Powersports Honda), sophomore Wil Hahn (MDK/KTM) and 2008 AMA Supercross Lites third-place finisher Nico Izzi (Rockstar/Makita Suzuki),
This weekend's Monster Energy® Supercross race from Reliant Stadium will mark the 43rd time the gate has dropped in Houston. During last year's AMA Supercross class main event, GEICO Powersports Honda's Kevin Windham grabbed his first victory since 2005, capitalizing on an error by Davey Millsaps to go unchallenged the rest of the way.
"I have been working hard this year, and tonight it paid off," said Windham after last year's victory. "I could not have won in front of a better crowd. I put my head down tonight and used the crowd to my advantage. The crowd was on their feet for the entire race."
The win sparked a stellar championship run for the veteran, who chased eventual champion Chad Reed to the wire.
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki's Austin Stroupe became the fourth different winner of a young 2008 season when he garnered his first career victory in Houston. The rookie competitor made an impressive pass for the lead over Jason Lawrence to stay in front over the final 10 laps of the main event.
"I finally had a decent start, and that helped me in the beginning of the race," said Stroupe. "I put myself in position to stay up front and that's what I did."
Since 1974 Houston has been on the AMA Supercross class schedule. From 1974-2002 the Houston Astrodome served as host to the race before the race was moved to Reliant Stadium in 2003. The first AMA Supercross class race in Houston was on March 15, 1974 where Jim Pomeroy earned the win. In AMA Supercross Lites competition, Eddie Warren won the first race held in Houston on April 20, 1985. Jeremy McGrath, the all-time winningest supercross rider, shares the all-time win record along with Mark Barnett with five.
Tickets are available at Reliant Stadium, all Ticketmaster locations, participating Yamaha locations or by phone at 713-629-3700. Extreme and Club level tickets are available for $40 club; Gold Circle tickets $40/adults/$10 kids; Treadhead Seats $10. Get in free with an empty can of Monster Energy.
AMA Supercross Class Results, Anaheim 2
James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha
Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Suzuki
Kevin Windham, Centerville, Miss., Honda
Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki
Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha
Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda
Ivan Tedesco, Tallahassee, Fla., Honda
Tim Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki
Mike Alessi, Apple Valley, Calif., Suzuki
Davi Millsaps, Tallahassee, Fla., Honda
AMA Supercross Class Season Standings
Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Suzuki, 64
Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha, 61
Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda, 53
James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha, 52
Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 48
Ivan Tedesco, Tallahassee, Fla., Honda, 47
Tim Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki, 43
Kevin Windham, Centerville, Miss., Honda, 41
Mike Alessi, Apple Valley, Calif., Suzuki, 32
Davi Millsaps, Tallahassee, Fla., Honda, 31
Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites Class Results, Anaheim 2
Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki
Ryan Morais, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki
Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki
Jason Lawrence, Carlsbad, Calif., Yamaha
Chris Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Honda
Dan Reardon, Menifee, Calif., Honda
Justin Brayton, Murrieta, Calif., KTM
Kyle Cunningham, Fort Worth, Texas, Kawasaki
PJ Larsen, Stanley, N.C., Kawasaki
Ryan Sipes, Vine Grove, Ken., KTM
Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites Class Season Standings
Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki, 70
Ryan Morais, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki, 64
Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki, 63
Justin Brayton, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 50
Chris Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Honda, 50
Ryan Sipes, Vine Grove, Ken., KTM, 39
Jason Lawrence, Carlsbad, Calif., Yamaha, 34
Ben Evans, Boise, Idaho, Honda, 31
Dan Reardon, Menifee, Calif., Honda, 28
PJ Larsen, Stanley, N.C., Kawasaki, 26
Past Winners in Houston
AMA Supercross Class
February 16, 2008: Kevin Windham
February 10, 2007: James Stewart
April 01, 2006: James Stewart
April 30, 2005: James Stewart
February 14, 2004: Chad Reed
March 29, 2003: Chad Reed
March 23, 2002: Ricky Carmichael
March 24, 2001: Ricky Carmichael
February 05, 2000: Jeremy McGrath
March 19, 1999: Jeremy McGrath
January 17, 1998: Ezra Lusk
March 22, 1997: Jeff Emig
March 16, 1996: Jeremy McGrath
March 25, 1995: Jeremy McGrath
January 22, 1994: Jeremy McGrath
January 16, 1993: Damon Bradshaw
January 18, 1992: Damon Bradshaw
January 19, 1991: Jean-Michel Bayle
February 03, 1990: Damon Bradshaw
March 18, 1989: Jeff Stanton
February 06, 1988: Jeff Ward
February 07, 1987: Jeff Ward
February 02, 1986: Jeff Ward
April 20, 1985: Jeff Ward
March 24, 1984: David Bailey
March 20, 1983: Mark Barnett
March 19, 1983: Bob Hannah
March 20, 1982: Mark Barnett
March 19, 1982: Mark Barnett
March 14, 1981: Mark Barnett
March 13, 1981: Mark Barnett
March 14, 1980: Mike Bell
March 15, 1980: Broc Glover
March 17, 1979: Bob Hannah
March 16, 1979: Bob Hannah
March 18, 1978: Bob Hannah
March 18, 1977: Tony DiStefano
March 19, 1977: Jim Ellis
March 12, 1976: Jim Weinerd
March 14, 1975: Jim Ellis
March 15, 1974: Jim Pomeroy
AMA Supercross Lites Class
February 16, 2008: Austin Stroupe
February 10, 2007: Ryan Villopoto
April 01, 2006: David Millsaps
April 30, 2005: Andrew Short
February 14, 2004: James Stewart
March 29, 2003: Brock Sellards
March 23, 2002: Matt Walker
March 24, 2001: Travis Preston
February 05, 2000: Derrick Shae Bentley
March 19, 1999: Nathan Ramsey
January 17, 1998: David Vuillemin
March 22, 1997: Kevin Windham
March 16, 1996: Kevin Windham
March 25, 1995: Damon Huffman
January 22, 1994: Ezra Huffman
January 16, 1993: Jimmy Gaddis
January 18, 1992: Brian Swink
January 19, 1991: Tallon Vohland
February 03, 1990: Jeff Emig
March 18, 1989: Mike LaRocco
February 06, 1988: Jeff Matiasevich
February 07, 1987: Keith Turpin
February 02, 1986: Willie Surratt
April 20, 1985: Eddie Warren
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