Round 13 – AMA/FIM Supercross Series 2009 – Toronto – March 28
James Stewart wins round 13 in Canada and pulls within eight points of Chad Reed for the overall points lead in 450 Supercross. It’s James ninth win of the season! Christophe Pourcel wins the 250 East Supercross Main event, and, the 2009 Supercross Lites East Championship.
|450 Supercross Results|
|250 East Results|
Toronto is always one of the toughest course of the series … why? The Dirt. The Toronto dirt starts out as frozen tundra, and then thaws out when it is brought indoors to create the track. Almost immediately after motorcycles hit the dirt, the track becomes soft, and rutted. Ultimately turning into a track thats difficult for everyone. Anything can happen on a track this difficult.
In Heat #1 for the 450 Supercross Class:
Suzuki Rider Mike Alessi had the holeshot, then made a mistake by going to wide in the first turn – causing Ivan Tedesco to take the lead on the first lap. Ivan led the race for 4 laps (first time in the season). Defending Supercross Champion Chad Reed got behind Ivan (4 laps in) and ended up making the pass and into the lead, resulting in yet another race win for Chad.
“Its a really difficult track tonight, the ruts are gnarly, and underneath the dirt and the ruts have a ton of rocks!” said Chad Reed
In the 450 Supercross Class Heat #2:
The Factory Honda Rider of Davi Milsaps #18 takes off right out of the gate and is able to hold off James Stewert for a short while. After Stewart catches Millsaps, its only a matter a time before he puts a 3.5 second lead over 2nd place. (Note: James Stewert has won all but one of his heat races all year.) New Joe Gibbs Toyota Yamaha rider Nate Ramsey just barely made it into the main event, taking the 9th spot.
250 Supercross East Lites class Main:
Matt Lemione had the first gate pick, which gave him a great start … but he ended up making a few mistakes on that first lap, giving the lead to Christophe Pourcel. Christophe has been very consistent all season, and only seven points away from wrapping up the East Coast Supercros Championship for 2009. Following him on lap 10 is his Kawasaki team mate Austin Stroupe. Nico Izzy didn’t perform as well as he usually does and ended up in 11th due to a run in with a tough block.
Winning the AMA 2009 East Coast Lites Championship was French Rider Christophe Pourcel. Walking away with a number 1 plate and a new nickname of the “Flying Frenchman.” Austin Stroupe was your 2nd place Lites finisher, Broc Tickle ended the race in 3rd place, his best finish of the season. Pourcel took the championship in style by winning this 15 lap main event!
450 Supercross Main Event:
Mike Alessi for the second time started a race with a the holeshot, but Mike was quickly passed by James Stewert. Chad Reed started in fifth place and moved to second quickly. In third was Andrew Short, who was riding very well, but not as well as JGR Rider #33 Josh Grant, who battled Short for third, eventually taking over the position. Grant was able to hold onto third until a very impressive Team Yamaha rider Josh Hill came from outside the top ten to take over third place.
With 10 laps to go Stewert hit a track marker, although he didn’t go down. That mistake closed the gap between him and the defending Supercross Champion Chad Reed to under ten seconds.
At the end of the 20 lap main event: James Stewart walks away with his ninth 450 Supercross win of the season. Chad Reed takes second place, and Josh Hill finished in third – his best result of the season.
James Stewart said “Feels good to have two Yamaha’s on the podium!”
Chad Reed now leads James Stewart by eight points with four rounds remaining in the 2009 AMA/FIM Supercross Series. Next weekend – Jacksonville, FL!
Notes: Jason Lawrence hurt his wrist/hand in his heat race and elected not to race the main event. Ryan Villopoto is not racing his second event in a row due to a viral infection. It’s not fully known when he’ll return to racing, but it won’t be until he’s 100%.