Can anyone predict the 2010 Supercross Series by looking back at 2009?
From history’s big picture perspective, they were the only two that would matter for the 2009 season. And they put on quite a show for us during the season!
The 2009 season was a battle between two riders, both of whom have won AMA Supercross titles before. Defending Supercross Champion Chad Reed, riding for the Rockstar Makita Suzuki Team, and James Stewart, riding for the San Manuel L & M Yamaha team.
The opening round of the 2009 AMA Supercross Series, an FIM World Championship would take place in Anaheim on January 3. The somewhat surprise winner? Josh Grant! Riding for the Joe Gibbs Yamaha Racing Team! Andrew Short would finish second, with Chad Reed third. Jake Weimer would win the opening round of 250 ‘West’ supercross. And James Stewart? He and Chad Reed had a tangle on lap nine of the 20 lap main event, leaving James to eventually walk off the track, officially scoring 19th place.
Round 2 was in Phoenix. Chase Field. James Stewart would win his first race of 2009. Chad Reed was second to Stewart. Ryan Dungey won the 250 West race. Josh Grant would be leading the point standings with 45 points. Reed was second with 42. Stewart in seventh with 27 points.
Round 3 – otherwise known as ‘Anaheim 2’. The winner? James Stewart! Second place? Chad Reed! This would become a frequent happening during the season. The new points leader of the Supercross Series? Chad Reed! Chad had 64 points, Josh Grant was second with 61. James Stewart was fourth with 52 points. The 250 West event was won by Ryan Dungey.
Round 4 was held in Houston. James Stewart would win the 20 lap main event, Chad Reed was second. This was the first ‘East’ regional round for the 250 class, which was won by Christophe Pourcel. Four races into the 2009 season, and Reed leads Stewart, 86 to 77 in the point standings.
AT&T Park in San Francisco was host to Round 5. James Stewart wins again! Chad Reed second again! Reed holds a six point lead in the points chase …. Jake Weimer won the 250 East main …
Round 6 – back to Angel Stadium at Anaheim. James Stewart wins in the 450 Supercross class again! Chad Reed is second! Jake Weimer wins 250 West event! Supercross standings? Reed 130, Stewart 127.
Round 7 – San Diego. James Stewart wins his sixth Main Event in a row! Chad Reed finished second. Ryan Dungey won the 250 West Regional event. Stewart and Reed are now tied on points!
The 2009 Supercross Series went down to Atlanta for Round 8. And James Stewart would win his seventh Supercross Main Event in a row! Stewart leads Reed by three points in the championship chase! Chris Pourcel would win the 250 East main.
The new Lucas Stadium in Indianapolis was the site of Round 9. Chad Reed would win the 20 lap main event, James Stewart would finish second. And they are tied on points for the Series Championship! Again! Austin Stroupe won the 250 East Regional event.
Daytona would host Round 10. Chad Reed would win. And take over the points lead! James Stewart would have a fall and finish seventh. Surprisingly, Jason Lawrence finished second. Chris Pourcel won the 250 East Race. At this point in the season, Reed leads Stewart by 11 points.
Round 11 – New Orleans SuperDome. James Stewart wins again, Chad Reed was second again! Austin Stroupe won the 250 East event. Reed leads Stewart 246 to 238 in the Supercross Championship point standings.
Chad Reed would score the supercross main event win in St. Louis – Round 12. James Stewart finished second. And Blake Wharton won his first ever 250 Supercross! Reed holds an 11 point lead in 450 Supercross over Stewart.
Round 13 – Toronto, Canada. Stewart would win the premiere 450 Supercross class, and Reed would finish second. Chris Pourcel won the 250 East event, and Pourcel clinches the 2009 East Region Supercross title!
Round 14 was in Jacksonville, Florida. James Stewart would win in his home state, and Chad Reed would finish second. Christophe Pourcel won another 250 East Supercross event.
Seattle hosted Round 15. Ryan Villopoto would win his first ever 450 Supercross Main Event! But Stewart would score second … Reed a seventh. This turned the Supercross Series points lead over to James Stewart! Ryan Dungey won the 250 West Supercross race …
Round 16 was in Salt Lake City. Trey Canard would win the 250 West Supercross Main Event, but Ryan Dungey clinched the 2009 West Region Supercross title. In the 450 Supercross class, James Stewart was the winner, Reedy right behind in second place. It would all come down to the finale in Las Vegas the following weekend. Only six points separated Stewart and Reed …
The Finale. Round 17. Las Vegas. The Champion would be crowned. Ryan Villopoto won the main event, … James Stewart and Chad Reed would battle – literally. Reed finished in the runner-up position behind Villopoto, with Stewart finishing in third place. Stewart has four more points after 17 rounds than Chad Reed …. and …. James Stewart has clinched the 2009 AMA Supercross Series Championship!
2009 Supercross Final Point Standings:
1. James Stewart – 377
2. Chad Reed – 373
3. Andrew Short – 270
4. Josh Grant – 237
5. Kevin Windham – 236
6. Ryan Villopoto – 233
7. Ivan Tedesco – 226
8. Davi Millsaps – 219
9. Mike Alessi – 218
10. Josh Hill – 146
What does this mean for 2010? We don’t know, except to say there is a reason they run the races! Let’s see who will become the AMA Supercross Series Champion in 2010!
James Stewart & Chad Reed