Stewart Back on Top at Superdome


James Stewart raced to his eighth victory in 11 Monster Energy AMA Supercross events this year, beating Chad Reed on Saturday night in front of 36,754 fans at the Superdome.

“I got a great start,” said Stewart, the Team San Manuel Yamaha rider from Haines City, Fla. “I had to win tonight point blank. I had to win. This is what I needed heading into the race next weekend in St. Louis.”

Stewart, coming off consecutive victories, has an eight-point lead over Reed in the season standings.

Earlier, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Austin Stroupe, from Lincolnton, N.C., won his second Eastern Regional AMA Supercross class main event of the season.

“It was a technical track tonight, so I had to ride smart,” Stroupe said. “It was important to get the holeshot because I was able to get out front and ride my own race.”


Tess Weaver


March 17, 2009