Stewart Wins Inaugural AMA Toyota Motocross Championship Night Race

Villopoto Grabs AMA Motocross Lites Victory in Lakewood

LAKEWOOD, Colo. (June 28, 2008) – Monster Energy Kawasaki’s James Stewart, of Haines City, Fla., brought his 2008 moto record to a perfect 10 en route to winning his fifth consecutive race of the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship Presented by FMF and the series’ first-ever night race at the Toyota Trucks AMA National from Thunder Valley Presented by Division 7 Insulation. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto, of Poulsbo, Wash., swept both motos of the AMA Motocross Lites, extending his overall winning streak to four.

Rockstar/Makita Suzuki’s Mike Alessi grabbed both BTOSports.com Holeshot Awards for the third consecutive event, opening up a significant lead in the second moto and holding off Stewart for three laps. Stewart made quick work of the deficit in each moto, posting consistent laps to pass Alessi and, even with a fall in moto two, keep his perfect season intact. Alessi maintained his pace to bring home runner-up finishes in each moto while Red Bull Honda’s Davi Millsaps, of Tallahassee, Fla., wrapped up his second straight third place result after 4-3 moto finishes.

“I had to make a couple passes in the beginning,” explained Stewart. “I got around those guys pretty quick. It probably took me about three laps to get used to the lights. I saw mike pulling away a little bit and tried to catch up. I got to him and pulled off a move and it stuck. I think the night race is cool. I know a lot of people are against it but I think it’s because of the lighting. Sometimes we need to spice it up a little. Maybe if we just add a few more lights out there it’ll be good. They’ll definitely work on it in the future to make it better.”

Villopoto took his fourth BTOSports.com Holeshot Award of the season in the first AMA Motocross Lites moto, cruising to the win. In moto two, he showed his resiliency, overcoming a ninth-place start and fought through the pack. He challenged Geico Powersports Honda’s Josh Grant, of Riverside, Calif., for the lead before making the winning pass on lap 13 of the 16 lap moto. Grant garnered the overall runner-up spot in his first race of the 2008 season, notching the BTOSports.com Holeshot Award in the final moto. Rockstar/Makita Suzuki’s Nico Izzi, of Saint Clair, Mich., posted a career-best third overall.

“It was tough (under the lights),” stated Villopoto. “You had to watch your shadows and really keep on your toes. I just tried to make my passes stick. Josh got away and once I got into second I had to put a charge on. I was able to carry a little more momentum on the outside (to pass him). I think we could use a little more light. It was better than I thought it would be and the track was maintained well throughout the evening. Normally, the altitude up here gets to you, but since it was cooler and at night our bikes were able to perform better and we could endure easier.”

Stewart currently holds a 45-point lead over Alessi in the AMA Motocross standings. In AMA Motocross Lites, Villopoto has a 28-point advantage over Rockstar/Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey, of Belle Plaine, Minn., who failed to finish the second moto after a fall on the opening lap.

The AMA Toyota Motocross Championship Presented by FMF heads east for the 4th of July weekend to one of the most historic races of the season with the 35th Annual Monster Energy/Kawasaki Motocross National Presented by Scott USA from Red Bud MX USA in Buchanan, Mich.

AMA Toyota Motocross Championship Presented by FMF
Toyota Trucks AMA National from Thunder Valley Presented by Division 7 Insulation
Thunder Valley Motocross Park – Lakewood, Colo.
June 28, 2008
Round 5 of 12

Motocross (Moto Finish)
James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki, 1-1
Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., Suzuki, 2-2
Davi Millsaps, Tallahassee, Fla., Honda, 4-3
Andrew ShortSmithville, Texas, Honda, 3-4
Michael Byrne, Newnan, Ga., Suzuki, 5-6
Timmy Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki, 8-5
Sean Hamblin, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha, 7-8
Sean Collier, Santa Clarita, Calif., Kawasaki, 6-9
Josh Hill, Yoncalla, Wash., Yamaha, 13-7
Jeff Alessi, Victorville, Calif., Honda, 9-12

Motocross Class Point Standings
James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki, 250
Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., Suzuki, 199
Davi Millsaps, Tallahassee, Fla., Honda, 188
Timmy Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki, 179
Andrew Short, Smithville, Teas., Honda, 141
Michael Byrne, Newman, Ga., Suzuki, 130
Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., KTM, 103
Sean Hamblin, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha, 102
Ivan Tedesco, Tallahassee, Fla., Honda, 95
Jeff Alessi, Victorville, Calif., Honda, 94

Motocross Lites (Moto Finish)
Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 1-1
Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Honda, 4-2
Nico Izzi, Saint Clair, Mich., Suzuki, 2-4
Trey Canard, Elk City, Okla., Honda, 5-3
Dan Reardon, Murrieta, Calif., Honda, 7-7
Matt Lemoine, Pilot Point, Texas, Yamaha, 10-5
Matt Goerke, Lake Helen, Fla., KTM, 6-10
Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Honda, 9-8
Mike Brown, Gray, Tenn., Yamaha, 12-6
Ryan Sipes, Vine Grove, Ky., KTM, 11-9

Motocross Lites Point Standings
Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 241
Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki, 183
Austin Stroupe, Lincolnton, N.C., Kawasaki, 152
Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Honda, 152
Brett Metcalfe, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki, 143
Jason Lawrence, Carlsbad, Calif., Yamaha, 120
Dan Reardon, Murrieta, Calif., Honda, 104
Nico Izzi, Saint Clair, Mich., Suzuki, 92
Matt Goerke, Lake Ellen, Fla., KTM, 89
Trey Canard, Elk City, Okla., Honda, 83

Interview opportunities are available to the media by contacting AMA Toyota Motocross Championship media coordinator Brandon Short via email at Media@MXNationals.com or by phone at 951-203-2605.

For more information on the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship, presented by FMF, log on to www.amamotocross.com for live timing and scoring at @theWireLIVE!. Racer X Illustrated will host a new and improved webcast on www.motocross.com, with live racing action hosted by Jason Weigandt. The Racer X Motocross Show on Motocross.com has also been added on Saturday night of each race weekend, featuring practice footage and interviews taken earlier in the day.

Credential requests for each round of the 2008 AMA Toyota Motocross Championship Presented by FMF must be submitted via email to Media@MXNationals.com three weeks prior to the race. Media members interested in interviews with the riders of the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship Presented by FMF should contact Brandon at 951-203-2605 or email Media@MXNationals.com.

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