Oakley's Stewart's Win Streak falters in Indy but Championship still intact

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Suzuki’s Chad Reed, won his first Monster Energy AMA Supercross, race of the 2009 season at the inaugural race inside Lucas Oil Stadium before 61,538 fans, tying the AMA Supercross class points race. Reed opened the AMA Supercross class main event with the holeshot, leading his teammate Mike Alessi and Oakley’s James Stewart, through turn one. The next 20 laps would be the Reed/Stewart show.

On lap two the Oakley rider Stewart crashed while chasing Reed and remounted to stage an impressive comeback. Stewart, who had seven consecutive race wins coming into tonight’s race, passed Reed on lap 13. While Reed trailed Stewart’s back wheel for the next three laps, Stewart crashed for the second time and allowed Reed enough of a gap to ride off to victory. This marks Reed’s first win of the 2009 season, and the AMA Supercross class point’s race between Reed and Stewart is now tied heading into next weekend’s race in Daytona. Stewart finished second and Alessi finished third.

“I didn’t think the race would be that good,” said Stewart. “It was a good race, and I made a few mistakes. Chad deserves to win; he rode great tonight. I felt good tonight and this is the right way to break in Lucas Oil Stadium.”

Author

Anthony Paggio

Date

March 03, 2009