Oakley's James Stewart Undefeated

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In his first visit to Freestone County Raceway, Oakley’s James Stewart, extended his winning streak to three at the Monster Energy Freestone Motocross National, round three of the 2008 Toyota Motocross Championship.

Mike Alessi, pulled both hole shots of the day and attempted to challenged Oakley’s Stewart early-on all day, but after a few laps that thought went down the tubes. In moto one, an overzealous Stewart made a mistake while making his move to the front and tipped the bike over. Stewart rebounded quickly and overcame the gap Alessi had opened to win the moto by 25+ seconds. In the second moto, Stewart made quick work of passing Alessi and quickly pulled away to a sizable victory.

“It’s a little nerve-racking being up front,” said Stewart. “You get into your own zone. I rode good today in both motos. It was really hot but it was good. I think the track is too fast. A real motocross (track) shouldn’t be two minutes (a lap) so I’m looking forward to moving on. I think I’m riding a little bit different this year. I’m standing up more. The bike is essentially the same, but I think it’s my riding that’s different. I’m full steam ahead (this year). This season is different than any before.”

In the AMA Lites class, Oakley’s Ryan Dungey, found himself up where he belongs racing at the front. Although Dungey had top five starts both moto’s, he had his work cut out battling with the two Pro-Circuit riders Villopoto, and Stroupe. Ryan was on fire passing Stroupe and maintaining his gap both moto’s but the young rider couldn’t find the speed to challenge Villopoto just yet.

Stewart currently holds a 36-point lead over teammate Ferry in the AMA Motocross standings while Villopoto has a 15-point advantage over Dungey in AMA Motocross Lites.

Motocross (Moto Finish)
1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki, 1-1
2. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., Suzuki, 2-2
3. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda, 3-6
4. Timmy Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki, 7-3
5. Davi Millsaps, Tallahassee, Fla., Honda, 5-4
6. Michael Byrne, Newman, Ga., Suzuki, 8-5
7. Jeff Alessi, Victorville, Calif., Honda, 13-7
8. Charles Summey, Huntersville, N.C., Yamaha, 9-11
9. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., KTM, 14-9
10. Antonio Balbi, Riverside, Calif., Kawasaki, 10-13

Motocross Class Point Standings
1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki, 150
2. Timmy Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki, 114
3. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., Suzuki, 111
4. Davi Millsaps, Tallahassee, Fla., Honda, 110
5. Ivan Tedesco, Tallahassee, Fla., Honda, 83
6. Michael Byrne, Newman, Ga., Suzuki, 78
7. Andrew Short, Smithville, Teas., Honda, 71
8. Jeff Alessi, Victorville, Calif., Honda, 62
9. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., KTM, 59
10. Cody Cooper, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki, 57

Motocross Lites (Moto Finish)
1. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 1-1
2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki, 2-2
3. Austin Stroupe, Corona, Calif., Kawasaki, 3-3
4. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Honda, 4-4
5. Thomas K. Hahn, Alvord, Texas, Kawasaki, 6-5
6. Dan Reardon, Murrieta, Calif., Honda, 11-7
7. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha, 10-8
8. Brett Metcalfe, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Kawasaki, 9-9
9. Andrew McFarlane, Menifee, Calif., Kawasaki, 7-12
10. Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Yamaha, 16-6

Motocross Lites Point Standings
1. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 141
2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki, 126
3. Austin Stroupe, Lincolnton, N.C., Kawasaki, 120
4. Brett Metcalfe, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki, 96
5. Jason Lawrence, Murrieta, Ga., Yamaha, 95
6. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Honda, 89
7. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha, 56
8. Tommy Hahn, Alvord, Texas, Kawasaki, 54
9. Dan Reardon, Murrieta, Calif., Honda, 53
10. Trey Canard, Elk City, Okla., Honda, 47

Author

Athony Paggio

Date

June 10, 2008