Convincing Win for Team San Manuel’s James Stewart, Teammate Kyle Regal Finishes with Season Best 7th

Convincing Win for Team San Manuel’s James Stewart, Teammate Kyle Regal Finishes with Season Best 7th

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Seattle, WA – Team San Manuel Yamaha Red Bull’s James Stewart showed more than 52,000 fans in Seattle’s QWEST Stadium, what the speed and determination of a multi-time champion looks like as he posted a convincing win Saturday night on a deeply rutted track. The day started out well, with Stewart posting increasingly fast lap times in practice before the night’s event started.

In Heat One, Stewart was off to a great start taking the lead within the first lap and leading a full eight laps. His Heat win was exceedingly fast, a full 17 seconds faster than the total winning time of Heat Two. In the Main, Stewart shot out of the gate in second and was able to gain the lead halfway through lap one and never looked back. He led the remaining 19 laps, finishing nearly three seconds ahead of everyone else on what all regarded as one of the most challenging tracks of the series. “That was a perfect night in Seattle,” Stewart said. “The main event was so gnarly, but it kind of played to my skills. I rode really consistently and it feels great to get a win again.” Seattle’s win put Stewart even closer to the championship, now sitting only nine points shy of the lead with 284 points in fourth place.

Stewart’s teammate Kyle Regal also had a great night with his best finish so far this season. Regal had good practice rounds and a solid heat race, finishing out in the top five. Regal, having much more experience with motocross tracks, seemed to excel with the soft sand and huge ruts, as he rode flawlessly in the Main Event to a seventh place finish. “All my hard work finally paid off,” Regal said. “It feels great to get that seventh. The track was pretty difficult and started to wear down, but I was able to hang in there.” Regal still maintains 15th place, now with 86 points.


Cole Seely Gets Win Number 2 in Seattle

Cole Seely Gets Win Number 2 in Seattle

In a dominating performance, Cole Seely scored his second win for the Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda team this weekend in Seattle. Much like his first win in Los Angeles, Cole pulled the holeshot and simply took off.

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Photo: Kardas

The heat race was a good indicator of how the main would go as Seely and Broc Tickle battled back and forth for the entire heat. Seely would sneak in a pass and hold on for the win. The second TLD team rider, Travis Baker, was struggling with the track but qualified in fifth position in the heat race.

The main event went exactly how Seely planned. He pulled a big holeshot on his Pro Circuit-tuned Honda and never looked back. At one point during the race Seely made a big mistake but luckily he was able to stay on two wheels. He lost a little ground but still had a comfortable cushion on the rest of the field. He would finish out his laps and add win number two to his resume.

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Photo: Kardas

Travis Baker couldn’t get things going. He started up front but couldn’t find his rhythm and dropped back to ninth by the end of the race.

“This was a really tough track tonight,” said Seely after the race. “It feels great to get another win. I really think that riding the 450 during the west break helped keep me loose and in race mode. The other guys had such a long time between races and I know that it can be tough to jump right back into racing. I just really want to thank the Troy Lee Designs/ Lucas Oil/ Honda team. They have believed in me for the past couple years and I love riding over here.”

The crew now has one more week off before they compete in Salt Lake City and then Las Vegas where the champions will be crowned. Can Seely get another win before it’s all over in Vegas? Don’t bet against it.

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Photo: Kardas


Team Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey Scores a Top-Five finish at Seattle Supercross

Team Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey Scores a Top-Five finish at Seattle Supercross

SEATTLE, WA – Team Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey rode a strong and persistent race aboard his Yoshimura-equipped Suzuki RM-Z450 and scored a fifth-place finish at the 15th round of the 2011 AMA/FIM Supercross Championship at Quest Field in Seattle, WA. Dungey and his Suzuki battled the competition and the toughest track conditions of the season in front of a crowd of nearly 53,000 during the 20-lap main event. Teammate, Brett Metcalfe, did not race and will return for the opening round of the 2011 AMA Pro Motocross Championship series.

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Photographer: Jake Klingensmith

A week of rain made for a heavily rutted, highly technical track in Seattle, but Dungey and his RM-Z adapted well and were strong all day. After scoring the third fastest time in the shortened afternoon practice, Dungey pulled the holeshot in his heat but fell back a bit to finish third. A decent start in the main put the Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider up to sixth, but a tip-over on the first lap put him near the back and he ended up finishing the first lap in 14th place. Dungey’s RM-Z450 powered him through the tough conditions as he steadily progressed up to fifth place by lap ten. A bobble in the whoops on lap 11 put the reigning champion back to sixth, but Dungey was able to get the position back within two laps. Dungey pushed hard for the remaining six laps and ended up crossing the line in fifth.

“All in all, it was a pretty good night,” said Dungey. “I got off to a good start in my heat and ended up finishing third. My Rockstar Makita Suzuki team did a good job all day adapting the bike to the conditions. We made a few changes to my Suzuki before the main; nothing too crazy – just a few suspension adjustments to adapt to the ruts. The track was really gnarly tonight. It kinda wanted to just come up and bite you, especially by the end of the 20 laps. I got off to a decent start, but I fell down in the first lap and I think I was near last. But at that point, I just put my head down and tried to pick off as many guys as I could and was able to move up and finish fifth. Everyone did a great job today. My RM-Z450 ran great and my team adapted it well to this track. Going forward, we have a two-week break and then we’ll get into Salt Lake and will be ready to give it a hard push for the last two rounds.”

Dungey now stands third in championship points, one point out of second and seven points out of first. 2011 will be a season for the record books, as there are four riders within nine points at the top of the standings with just two rounds to go. After 15 straight rounds, the series takes a week off and will pick back up at Rice Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, UT, on Saturday April 30th.

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Photographer: Jake Klingensmith

Seattle Supercross Class Results:

1. James Stewart


2. Kevin Windham


3. Chad Reed


4. Ryan Villopoto


5. Ryan Dungey


6. Mike Alessi


7. Kyle Regal


8. David Millsaps


9. Thomas Hahn


10. Andrew Short

2011 Supercross Class Standings:

1. Ryan Villopoto – 293


2. Chad Reed – 287


3. Ryan Dungey– 286


4. James Stewart – 284


5. Trey Canard – 255


6. Andrew Short – 196


7. Kevin Windham – 187


8. David Millsaps – 156


9. Justin Brayton – 141


10. Ivan Tedesco – 134


Kevin Windham Sparkles in Emerald City, Eli Tomac Gains Big Ground in Lites West

It was good to be a GEICO Honda rider during the 15th round of Supercross in Seattle. Fan favorite Kevin Windham and teammate Eli Tomac both earned runner-up finishes under the Saturday night lights at Qwest Field, Windham on his 450cc ride and Tomac on his 250cc Lites bike.

Windham, who won Seattle last season, always rides well on muddy racetracks and Seattle delivered for him again as rain leading up to the race made it treacherous for many riders.

“I did well because I was able to keep it on two wheels. That was the battle this whole race,” Windham said. “The track changed each lap and I was just able to ride it out and keep my GEICO Honda upright.”

The veteran rider has been working hard to crack the top five each weekend but has fallen short of a medal finish until this round.

“When you haven’t been on the podium all year long, this feels like a win,” Windham said. “All my guys have been working hard all season long and I’m so glad to be up here for them.”

In Lites West action, Tomac earned his fifth straight podium finish with his second-place result. Tomac had a tough day with the rain and the mud, but made up for it a few laps into the main event.

“I’m feeling awesome,” said Tomac, who gained five points in the world rankings. “I finished ahead of the guys I needed to get ahead of in the championship fight so I’m really happy with that.”

Tomac worked his way up from as far back as seventh place. The fluid rider rode hard but stayed smooth as he picked the riders ahead of him, gaining on every single one, including eventual winner Cole Seely.

“I definitely turned around my day,” Tomac said. “My practice wasn’t that great, neither was the heat race, or even my start in the main, but I got fired up and made up for it when it mattered. I wanted to outdo the guys ahead of me in points, and I did.”

Tomac made up some valuable ground in the championship points standings by finishing ahead of current points leader Broc Tickle. Although Tomac did not improve his third-place ranking, he is only seven points out of the lead heading into the second to last race of the year.

“It’s nice to be on the offensive side of things,” Tomac said. “I’m the guy in third chasing them so I’ve got nowhere to go but up. I like where I’m at and hopefully I’ll make up points at the last two races and can sneak in and take that championship.”

Fellow GEICO Honda Lites rider Jimmy DeCotis’ day was cut short in Seattle due to an injury he suffered in the first practice session. DeCotis dislocated his right elbow on a landing in what seemed to be a routine jump for the rookie rider.

“I landed weird and my elbow just came out of place,” DeCotis said. “I felt it right away so I pulled over and laid down for a couple of minutes. They got me in the rig and got it back in place, which is a good thing. It’s still tender but it’s already starting to heal.”

DeCotis was disappointed his day was cut short, as he was looking forward to earning his first podium of the season as well as helping his teammate Tomac’s championship chase.

“I’m hoping to get back out here by Salt Lake City, but we’ll see” DeCotis said. “I’m just really bummed I couldn’t get back out there tonight.”

The GEICO Honda team has put a rider on the podium at 12 consecutive races.

The next stop on the Monster Energy Supercross Series is April 30 at Rice-Eccles Field in Salt Lake City.


FIM Women’s World Motocross 2011 – Round 2 – Greece

FIM Women’s World Motocross 2011 – Round 2 – Greece

Round 2 of the FIM Women’s World Motocross Championships in Greece. Women’s World MX Champion and series points leader Steffi Laier, from Germany, racing for the Red Bull Teka KTM factory team, has won the Grand Prix.

Megalopolis

Steffi Laier has won the WMX GP of Greece. She won the first race, and the second race was not run due to bad weather and track conditions.

Winner Laier said: When I arrived on Friday I just thought that the track looked nice but too easy and I was actually hoping for some rain but this was a bit too much. I liked the race even like this; it was just difficult to keep my feet on the foot-pegs because the mud is so sticky but I survived and won, so I’m happy about that.

FIM Women’s World Results
1. Steffi Laier

KTM
2. Larissa Papenmeier

KTM
3. Chiara Fontanesi

YAM
4. Anne Borchers

SUZ
5. S Pettersson KTM
6. Mar. Veenstra

SUZ
7. B v d Wekken HON
8. Joanna Miller KTM
9. V Germond SUZ
10. Mar. de Mol TM
FIM Women’s points

Steffi Laier 75
Larissa Papenmeier 62
Chiara Fontanesi 60
Fran. Nocera 44
B v d Wekken 43
Mar. Veenstra 42
Mar. de Mol 41
S Pettersson 41
Anne Borchers

35
Joanna Miller 27

Courtesy Youthstream

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