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Flashback – 2008 US Open of Supercross – Las Vegas

James Stewart wins both nights in Las Vegas at the U. S. Open of Supercross in Las Vegas, riding for Yamaha for the first time

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Day 1 – Friday, October 10: There was a very good buzz this morning and this afternoon in the pits at the 2008 Rockstar US Open of Supercross, Day 1, in Las Vegas. A lot of happy people – people that hadn’t seen each other in a while, people preparing for a new season, fans that came out to see their favorite riders, including a lot of kids and their families that were racing in the KJSC and 85cc invitational races.

Of course, much of the attention in the world of supercross is focused on the two best riders in the world in supercross – Chad Reed and James Stewart. For James, the focus was on his new ride with Team L & M Racing/San Manuel Mission Indians/Yamaha. James was just officially announced on the team last Friday, after spending his entire professional career riding for Kawasaki. And for Chad, the defending AMA/FIM Supercross Champion, the focus was on him making his American debut riding for a new team – the Rockstar Makita Suzuki team.

Sad news came the sport’s way officially today as well – Grant Langston announced the he has melonoma/cancer of his eye, and had surgery as well on it last week. As a special tribute, Chad Reed is riding this weekend with Grant’s AMA #8 on his bike, and on his side number plates the words ‘For GL’ (see photos below). A nice tribute by Chad to a nice guy such as Grant.

It was a full night of racing, with the top stars of supercross, the KTM Junior Supercross Challenge, the 85cc Invitational, and a Legends race featuring Damon Bradshaw vs. Jeff Matiasevich. (Bradshaw won tonight, and the results of all the other races are below.)

In the 20 lap main event, it was all James Stewart. There was a tight grouping of riders coming into, and out of the first corner, but the holeshot went to James Stewart. And he pulled away all 20 laps, making supercross racing actually look easy!

Chad Reed had problems on the first lap, coming around near dead last, and pulled off the track near the mechanics area. He stood solemnly, obviously dejected, and watched the entire race without moving, with his helmet on.

The KJSC (KTM Junior Supercross Challenge) was held for the last time this weekend in Vegas.

Main Event Results

  1. James Stewart, Yamaha
  2. Ivan Tedesco, Honda
  3. Josh Hill, Yamaha
  4. Justin Brayton, KTM
  5. Ryan Dungey, Suzuki
  6. Broc Hepler, Yamaha
  7. Michael Byrne, Suzuki
  8. Thomas Hahn, Kawasaki
  9. Nico Izzi, Suzuki
  10. Kyle Chisholm, Yamaha


Alpinestars 85cc Mini Invitational Results

  1. A. Politelli, Suzuki
  2. J. Savatgy, Honda
  3. K. Kamm, KTM
  4. M. Bisceglia, Yamaha
  5. D. Epstein, Yamaha
  6. M. Maze, Suzuki
  7. J. Owen, Suzuki
  8. J. Nelson, Honda
  9. C. Alldredge, Yamaha
  10. T. Stewart, Yamaha


KTM Junior Supercross Results

  1. M. McDonald
  2. D. Drake
  3. D. Evitts
  4. D. Oliveira
  5. G. Tomberlin
  6. C. Harrison
  7. C. Sipes
  8. G. Bere
  9. B. Gardener
  10. D. Crider
  11. J. Burke
  12. M. Nesby
  13. C. Blakita
  14. J. Williams
  15. B. Moore
  16. C. Da Silva

Day 2 – Saturday, October 11: This morning was a little more laid back, as riders had a little more free time in the morning. The day itself was a bit chilly compared to the day before, when it was warm and sunny.

There was a press conference held earlier in the day, with information about the 2009 AMA National Motocross Championship Series.

The 20 lap main event? It was the race just about everyone wanted to see – Chad Reed vs. James Stewart. Reed was the early leader, as Stewart worked quickly into second. As the race neared in final stages, Chad Reed bobbled, allowing Stewart into the lead. Stewart takes the checkered flag, Andrew Short is second, and Reed finished third.

So, James Stewart was easily the top rider of the weekend, winning both nights. Not bad for his first ride on Yamaha : ) Ivan Tedesco was second overall for the entire weekend, with Ryan Dungey, riding a 250, finishing third overall for the two nights of racing. 

Rockstar Energy Drink U.S. Open Saturday Night Results



1. James Stewart, Yamaha

2. Andrew Short, Honda

3. Chad Reed, Suzuki

4. Ryan Dungey, Suzuki

5. Ivan Tedesco, Honda

6. Michael Byrne, Suzuki

7. Dan Reardon, Honda

8. Thomas Hahn, Kawasaki

9. Justin Brayton, KTM

10. Nico Izzi, Suzuki



Legends Rematch Race, Saturday Night Results



1. Damon Bradshaw, Yamaha

2. Jeff Matiasevich, Kawasaki



Alpinestars 85cc Mini Invitational, Saturday Night Results



1. J. Nelson, Honda

2. A. Politelli, Suzuki

3. K. Kamm, KTM

4. J. Owen, Suzuki

5. T. Stewart, Yamaha

6. J. Savatgy, Honda

7. M. Maze, Suzuki

8. D. Epstein, Yamaha

9. M. Bisceglia, Yamaha

10. C. Alldredge, Yamaha



KTM Junior Supercross Challenge, Saturday Night Results



1. D. Drake

2. B. Gardener

3. D. Oliveira

4. D. Evitts

5. G. Tomberlin

6. G. Bere

7. C. Harrison

8. D. Crider

9. B. Moore

10. C. Blakita

11. M. McDonald

12. C. Sipes

13. J. Burke

14. M. Nesby

15. J. Williams

16. C. Da Silva



Rockstar Energy Drink U.S. Open Overall Results



1. James Stewart, Yamaha (1-1)

2. Ivan Tedesco, Honda (5-4)

3. Ryan Dungey, Suzuki (5-4)

4. Andrew Short, Honda (9-2)

5. Justin Brayton, KTM (4-9)

6. Josh Hill, Yamaha (3-12)

7. Michael Byrne, Suzuki (7-6)

8. Chad Reed, Suzuki (14-3)

9. Thomas Hahn, Kawasaki (8-13)

10. Broc Hepler, Yamaha (6-11)



Alpinestars 85cc Mini Invitational Overall Results



1. A. Politelli, Suzuki

2. K. Kamm, KTM

3. J. Savatgy, Honda

4. J. Nelson, Honda

5. J. Owen, Suzuki

6. M. Maze, Suzuki

7. D. Epstein, Yamaha

8. M. Bisceglia, Yamaha

9. T. Stewart, Yamaha

10. C. Alldredge, Yamaha

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James Stewart

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Chad Reed

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Ryan Dungey

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