Monster Energy Supercross Returns to Chase Field

Monster Energy Supercross Returns to Chase Field
Stewart/Dungey Duel Heads to Phoenix

AURORA, Ill. (January 12, 2010) – After an electrifying start to the 2010 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, last weekend at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif., Phoenix’s Chase Field will host the tour’s second stop this Saturday. Defending AMA Supercross class champion James Stewart, who rides for San Manuel Yamaha, and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer lead their respective divisions heading into Phoenix.

Media day is Thursday, January 14 from Noon-2:00 in the outfield club seating area at Chase Field, featuring Phoenix’s own Ryan Clark and Nate Adams as well as the Rockstar/Makita Suzuki team, featuring Ryan Dungey and Austin Stroupe and the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team, featuring Weimer and Josh Hansen. Riders will be available for interviews and will ride the track for the media.

James Stewart Jumped Out to an Early Lead in his AMA Supercross class title defense by Winning Last Weekend in Anaheim
Photo: Brian Robinette

Stewart, of Haines City, Fla., opened the championship last weekend in Anaheim by earning the 37th win of his career after chasing rookie Dungey, who rides for Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki, for 16 laps before making a pass for the lead on lap 17. On the race’s final lap, Dungey, of Belle Plaine, Minn., made a last ditch effort to re-pass Stewart but came up short.

“It was a fun ride, and I was able to put some good laps down,” said Dungey. “I almost caught him at the end but ran out of time. It was a long off season for me, and coming into this first race, there was a lot of hype, and I am happy where I ended up tonight. I have some fine tuning to do next weekend before Phoenix. Stewart is the world champion, and I want to beat him, but I have to keep working.”

At last year’s Anaheim 1 race, Stewart was forced to withdraw from the race and went into Phoenix in 19th place.

“It is a lot better than where I finished last year,” said Stewart. “I got a decent start and rode the first few laps at a good pace. Ryan rode a phenomenal race tonight. I was down a good amount and caught up and I saw the window of opportunity. Chad Reed struggled a bit tonight, but he is a two-time supercross champion, so I am not counting him out.”

In a shocking turn of events, former two-time AMA Supercross class champion Chad Reed, who rides for Monster Energy Kawasaki, withdrew from the race after one lap when the spokes in his front wheel were shattered due to a collision with Austin Stroupe.

“Austin Stroupe just turned down really quick and kind of had the same idea,” said Reed. “He was trying to pass the guy in front of him and I was trying to pass (Stroupe) and our lines came together and there is nothing you can do. He didn’t do anything wrong. I didn’t do anything wrong. It was just the wrong place, wrong time.”

GEICO Powersports Honda’s Kevin Windham, of Centerville, Miss., finished an impressive third place at Anaheim 1. A 16-year veteran of the sport, Windham caught and passed Honda Red Bull Racing’s Andrew Short and Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto.

“It is great to be on the box again,” said Windham. “It’s a tough feat with all of these young guys coming in. Coming into this season, I knew I had to think outside of the box and make it work. It took me 16 season to be able to come into a season and feel comfortable at the start of the year. There is a lot of talent out there, and the field is packed. I am confident with where I am with my program and want to continue doing what I did to end up here.”

In the Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites class main last weekend, Weimer won the $1,000 SPIKE Holeshot Award, leading his teammate Josh Hansen, of Elbert, Colo., through turn one to start the main event last weekend. By the end of the first lap, Hansen slid out after the finish line and dropped to seventh place. Hansen’s mistake allowed Rockstar Energy/Suzuki/Canidae’s Ryan Morais, of Murrieta, Calif., to move into second place.

After charging through the pack, GEICO Powersports Honda’s Trey Canard, of Shawnee, Okla., passed Morais to secure second place. The win for Weimer marked the fifth of his AMA Supercross Lites class career. Canard finished second and Morais finished third.

No stranger to winning at Chase Field, Stewart earned his third consecutive win in Phoenix when he captured his first Monster Energy Supercross win of the 2009 season in front of 46,566 fans. JGRMX/Yamaha/Toyota’s Josh Grant, of Riverside, Calif., opened the AMA Supercross class main event with the holeshot. Stewart and Reed trailed Grant through turn one, and by the end of lap one, Stewart moved into the lead. Reed made his move around Grant on lap three and secured second place.

Reed spent the next 17 laps pursuing Stewart but was unable to make the pass. The win marked Stewart’s third consecutive at Chase Field.

“I knew that Chad (Reed) would make it tough on me tonight,” said Stewart last year atop the podium. “That is the type of racing that we love to do, and I am pumped because I picked up the win.”

“I felt good tonight,” said Reed last year. “I was chasing the #7 bike down and having fun but it wasn’t enough. I will take the championship week by week and stay on the podium.”

In last year’s Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites class, Dungey scored the first win of his season and moved into the championship points lead.

While leading on lap six, Weimer crashed and allowed Dungey to assume the lead and MDK/KTM’s Justin Brayton, of Murrieta, Calif., to move into second place. Dungey finished the race off by completing six solid laps en route to the win. Brayton finished second and Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Ryan Morais finished third.

“After I saw Jake (Weimer ) crash, I knew there were plenty of laps left in the race, so I needed to be smart and consistent,” said Dungey last year. “I’m happy to move into the points lead as we head back to Anaheim next weekend.”

The first AMA Supercross race was held at this venue on January 23, 1999, with Jeremy McGrath winning on a Yamaha. Nathan Ramsey won the first AMA Supercross Lites race in Phoenix while riding for Kawasaki. Five time AMA Supercross class champion Ricky Carmichael holds the all-time win record in Phoenix with four. With a win this weekend, Stewart can tied Carmichael’s record in Phoenix.

Monster Energy Supercross from Phoenix’s Chase Field will air on SPEED Sunday, January 17 with AMA Supercross Lites class coverage at 5:00 p.m. EST and AMA Supercross coverage at 6:00 p.m. EST.

Tickets are available at Chase Field Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, ticketmaster.com, or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Club Level tickets are $65 adults/kids; Gold Circle tickets $40 adults/kids; Mid-Level tickets $30 adult/ $10 kids; Supervalue tickets $20 adult/ $10 kids; Treadhead tickets $10 adults/ kids.

2010 Monster Energy Supercross Season Standings

AMA Supercross Class Results: Anaheim 1
James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha
Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki
Kevin Windham, Centerville, Miss., Honda
Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda
Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki
Josh Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Yamaha
Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha
Justin Brayton, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha
Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Honda
Grant Langston, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha

AMA Supercross Class Season Standings
James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha, 25
Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki, 22
Kevin Windham, Centerville, Miss., Honda, 20
Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda, 18
Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 16
Josh Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Yamaha, 15
Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha, 14
Justin Brayton, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha, 13
Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Honda, 12
Grant Langston, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha, 11

Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites Class Results: Anaheim 1
Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki
Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda
Ryan Morais, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki
Blake Wharton, Pilot Point, Texas, Honda
Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Honda
Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha
Tommy Searle, Murrieta, Calif., KTM
Josh Hansen, Elbert, Colo, Kawasaki
Max Anstie, Hemet, Calif., Yamaha
Jeff Alessi, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha

Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites Class Season Standings
Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki, 25
Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda, 22
Ryan Morais, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 20
Blake Wharton, Pilot Point, Texas, Honda, 18
Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Honda16
Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha, 15
Tommy Searle, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 14
Josh Hansen, Elbert, Colo, Kawasaki, 13
Max Anstie, Hemet, Calif., Yamaha, 12
Jeff Alessi, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha, 11

2009 Phoenix Results

AMA Supercross Class Results, Phoenix
James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha
Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Suzuki
Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha
Ivan Tedesco, Tallahasse, Fla., Honda
Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda
Kevin Windham, Centerville, Miss., Honda
Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki
Josh Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Yamaha
Tim Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki
Davi Millsaps, Tallahassee, Fla., Honda

Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites Class Results, Phoenix
Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki
Justin Brayton, Murrieta, Calif., KTM
Ryan Morais, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki
Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki
Chris Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Honda
PJ Larsen, Stanley, N.C., Kawasaki
Ryan Sipes, Vine Grove, Ken., KTM
Cedric Souberas, Entraygues Songue, Yamaha
Ben Evans, Boise, Idaho, Honda
Dan Reardon, Menifee, Calif., Honda

Past Winners in Phoenix

Past AMA Supercross Class Winners in Phoenix
January 10, 2009:                      James Stewart
January 12, 2008:                      James Stewart
January 13, 2007:                      James Stewart
January 14, 2006:                      Ricky Carmichael
January 15, 2005:                      Ricky Carmichael
January 10, 2004:                      Kevin Windham
January 11, 2003:                      Ezra Lusk
January 26, 2002:                      Ricky Carmichael
January 27, 2001:                      Ricky Carmichael
January 19, 2000:                       David Vuillemin
January 23, 1999:                      Jeremy McGrath

Past AMA Supercross Lites Winners in Phoenix
January 10, 2009:                      Ryan Dungey
January 12, 2008:                      Jake Weimer
January 13, 2007:                      Christophe Pourcel
January 14, 2006:                      Nathan Ramsey
January 15, 2005:                      Broc Hepler
January 10, 2004                       Ivan Tedesco
January 11, 2003:                      James Stewart
January 26, 2002:                      James Stewart
January 27, 2001:                      Ernesto Fonseca
January 19, 2000:                      Casey Lytle
January 23, 1999:                      Nathan Ramsey

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