Lucky No. 7 for James Stewart


Inside the world famous Georgia Dome the capacity crowd watched Oakley’s James Stewart, take his seventh win in a row and seventh victory of the season en route to stealing the points lead from Chad Reed. Since race two of the season in Phoenix, Ariz., Oakley’s Stewart has been undefeated and has consistently gained ground on reigning champion Reed. While Reed has been a picture of consistency, following Stewart with seven straight runner-up finishes, he has surrendered three points a race over that span and now sits behind Stewart by the same deficit.

Stewart rocketed to the lead and the holeshot and never looked back as Reed tried to recover from a mid-pack start. James put down fast consistent laps and was never threatened for the lead. Reed picked off Oakley rider Ryan Villopoto but the Young Oakley rider didn’t give up and passed Reed back for another lap. Reed made the pass stick on the Oakley rider the following lap. Reed then tried to catch Stewart but never even got to the same zip code as he was gone with the win.

“The start was great,” said Stewart. “The San Manuel Yamaha pulled another holeshot. It was a good race for me. The track was tough but we came out on top. I’ve always liked the ‘ATL’ and I’m glad we could do well here. I want to thank all the fans and all the motivation they give me. It feels good to have the points lead but there is a long way to go.”


Tess Weaver


February 24, 2009