Round 8 – AMA/FIM Supercross Series 2009 – Atlanta – February 21
James Stewart wins his seventh supercross race in a row, and takes over 2009 Series points lead! Christophe Pourcel takes second win in a row in East Supercross!
|450 Supercross Results|
|450 Point standings
|250 East Results|
|250 Point standings
Atlanta Supercross! GeorgiaDome!
450 Supercross class: The win in the first heat of the 450 Supercross class goes to Chad Reed, riding the Rockstar Makita Suzuki. Second is Monster Kawasaki rider Ryan Villopoto, followed by Joe Gibbs/Toyota/Yamaha team rider Josh Grant.
The second 450 Supercross heat win goes to San Manuel L & M Yamaha’s James Stewart, followed by Red Bull Honda’s Ivan Tedesco, Davi Millsaps, and Andrew Short.
The 450 Supercross 20 lap main event win goes to … James Stewart! It’s James seventh win in a row! And he takes over the points lead by three points over defending Supercross Champion Chad Reed. Reedy finished second in the main behind Stewart, about 10 seconds behind. Third place goes to number 2 on the Monster Kawasaki, Ryan Villopoto.
James said of his win tonight “The start was great. My San Manuel Yamaha pulled another holeshot … it was just a good race for me. I was out in front by myself, and the track was definitely tough tonight … but I always like ATL. I always have a good time here and it feels good to get a win for sure. When out front, I just think about the fans and all the love you give me – it keeps me focused. There’s still a long ways to go, but it feels good to have the points lead, but I’m never going to give up. It’s a lot of work … but I want to thank my team again.”
250 East Lites class: Heat 1 sees Kawasaki Pro Circuit rider Austin Stroupe winning, followed by KTM rider Martin Davalos. Nico Izzi falls and has to go to the LCQ.
The second 250 East supercross heat is won by Kawasaki Pro Circuit rider from France Christophe Pourcel, followed by Matt Lemoine.
In the 15 lap 250 East Supercross Main Event, the early leader was Austin Stroupe. But Austin stalled his bike, had a problem getting it restarted, eventually finishing seventh. The win, the second victory in a row goes to Frenchman Christophe Pourcel, on the Pro Circuit Kawasaki! Suzuki’s Nico Izzi gets second, followed by KTM’s Martin Davalos.
Notes: The track – designed by 15-time AMA Supercross/Motocross Champion Ricky Carmichael. 250 East Championship contender Brett Metcalfe suffered a broken collarbone in practice, and did not race tonight. Jason Lawrence will start riding in the 450 Supercross class. Here is an interview with Jason at this link. Mike LaRocco has designed the track for next weekend’s race in Indy. Travis Pastrana is designing the race track for the St. Louis supercross … and there is a rumor that Travis will actually race the St. Louis race! (Just a rumor at this point folks.) Almost 69,000 people were on hand to witness the race in the GeorgiaDome! Lap times for the fastest riders were just under 50 seconds.
Atlanta 2009 Photos
Click on the thumbnail to view the larger image. You’ll see 450 Supercross Main Event winner James Stewart 7, 250 East Supercross Main Event winner Christophe Pourcel 377, Chad Reed 1 doing a nice nac-nac, James Stewart taking the checkered flag and the victory in Atlanta tonight, Ryan Villopoto number 2 in one of the sand sections, the 250 Podium, nice start of the 450 Supercross main event, the 450 Supercross Podium, Mike Alessi 800, Broc Hepler number 60, Nico Izzi 20, Wil Hahn 50, Martin Davalos number 577, Davi Millsaps 18, Nico Izzi again, two photos Christophe Pourcel 377, two photos of Supercross Champion Chad Reed 1, Matt Lemoine 41, two photos of James Stewart 7, Austin Stroupe 981, Ryan Villopoto 2.