JAMES STEWART CAPTURES THIRD WIN OF THE SEASON

Published March 18th, 2014

On Saturday night, Ford Field Stadium in Detroit, Michigan filled with over 50,000 race fans to witness World Class Supercross athletes battle it out for a shot at the top step of the podium. Yoshimura/Suzuki’s James Stewart rode flawlessly to capture his third win of the season and his forty-eighth career victory. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s rookie, Adam Cianciarulo took home another win in the 250SX class extending his points, once again.

Claiming the Nuclear Cowboyz Holeshot award, Cole Seely led the premier class out of the gate and into turn one. Yoshimura/Suzuki’s James Stewart put his head down early to chase down Seely and make the pass for the lead early in lap three. Fill in 250SX rider, Cole Seely gave Stewart another run before letting him gap himself out front.

Red Bull/KTM’s rookie, Ken Roczen rapped his night up early, once again, with some mechanical bike issues putting him out of the running early in the moto.

Sitting back in third, Villopoto looked to close the gap on Seely and managed to do so making a successful pass on Seely to move into second position on lap six. After turning the fastest lap several laps in a row, Red Bull/KTM`s Ryan Dungey managed to make the pass on Discount Tire/TwoTwo Motosports fill in rider, Dean Wilson, to make his way into fourth.

While Muscle Milk/Honda rider Justin Barcia closed the gap on Andrew Short, Short was all over the back tire of Wilson looking for the pass for fifth. As Dungey made his way by Seely and into third position, Short, Barcia and Josh Hill made their way by Wilson putting him back to eighth around the halfway mark.

Going into lap fourteen, Barcia made a clean pass on Short taking over fifth position with sights set on Dungey, sitting in third. However, supercross veteran, Andrew Short made a pass back on the youngster pushing him back into fifth.

Unfortunately, fill in rider Cole Seely found some misfortune with just under five laps to go. The number twenty-one bike got a little sideways in the whoops, sending Seely to take soil samples.

Despite Dungey’s consistency to run the fastest laps right through to the end of the moto, and Stewart’s week of rest and relaxation, Stewart got his Yoshimura/Suzuki out front early to capture his third win of the season. The victory claimed on Saturday night in Detroit also tied Stewart with Ricky Charmichael for the second most career wins of all time in the history of the sport.

Points leader Ryan Villopoto maintained his lead by taking home a second from Ford Field Stadium. While Ryan Dungey took the third podium position to keep himself in the points chase, Andrew Short, Justin Barcia and Broc Tickle took the remainder of the top six positions.

In the 250SX class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Martin Davalos led the pack into turn one holding off Cianciarulo and Bogle to capture the Nuclear Cowboyz Holeshot Award. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett went to work early making his way through the pack from an unfortunately poor jump out of the gate.

After a severe crash in practice qualifying earlier in the day, Davalos surprised teammates and race fans alike by getting his Kawasaki out front right out of the gate in the main event. However, the chain of unfortunate events for Davalos carried on throughout the moto with a crash in lap four, and another in lap seven.

Adam Cianciarulo capitalized on his teammates mistakes to move himself into the lead with Bogle all over his rear wheel. With five laps to go, Bogle looked to nudge in on Cianciarulo but the rookie managed to hold him off and maintain the front seat.

Cianciarulo took another win in Detroit to extend his points lead even further, while Justin Bogle claimed his career best finish with a second. Baggett managed to make his way up to third from a poor start to claim the final podium position.

Next week the series heads up to Canada for round twelve at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario. The venue is nearly sold out, as the show remains to be the sole Canadian stop for Northern Supercross race fans. Canadian 250SX rider Cole Thompson will be on his home turf and it will be exciting to see how the youngster does on homegrown soil.

250SX RESULTS-DETROIT

  1. Adam Cianciarulo
  2. Justin Bogle
  3. Blake Baggett
  4. Kyle Cunnigham
  5. Matthew Lemoine
  6. Martin Davalos
  7. Vince Friese
  8. Jeremy Martin
  9. Alex Martin
  10. Jimmy Decotis

450SX RESULTS-DETROIT

  1. James Stewart
  2. Ryan Villopoto
  3. Ryan Dungey
  4. Andrew Short
  5. Justin Barcia
  6. Broc Tickle
  7. Weston Peick
  8. Josh Hill
  9. Justin Brayton
  10. Josh Grant

250SX POINT STANDINGS

  1. Adam Cianciarulo (119)
  2. Martin Davalos (102)
  3. Blake Baggett (99)
  4. Justin Bogle (94)
  5. Vince Friese (75)
  6. Kyle Cunningham (63)
  7. Cole Thompson (58)
  8. Jimmy Decotis (54)
  9. Matthew Lemoine (53)
  10. Blake Wharton (51)

450SX POINT STANDINGS

  1. Ryan Villopoto (231)
  2. Ryan Dungey (201)
  3. James Stewart (182)
  4. Ken Roczen (181)
  5. Justin Brayton (167)
  6. Andrew Short (143)
  7. Justin Barcia (134)
  8. Broc Tickle (126)
  9. Wil Hahn (115)
  10. Chad Reed  (111)

 

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