Stewart Takes Control of Amp'd Mobile AMA Supercross Series

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Phoenix, AZ (Monday, Jan. 15, 2007)

Oakley’s James Stewart took an exciting win over fellow Oakley rider Ricky Carmichael in front of 44,953 fans at the second round of the 2006-2007 Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series held at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona.

The Low Down
Not once but twice is what it took to get the Supercross final event underway this past Saturday night as a big get off crash by David Vuillemin brought out the red flag on the third lap of the first attempt. At that time, Stewart was pulling away from the 21-rider field. RC was carving his way through traffic after a poor start. Vuillemin, who came up short over a triple jump in the rhythm section, eventually walk off the track under his own power, but was being checked by the medical staff out as the main event restarted. According to our track side medical crew, Vuillemin suffered a possible spleen injury.

On the restart of the 20 lap main event, it was Carmichael who took the early lead this time. Stewart unfortunately got off to a mid pack start but wasted no time charging through the field to jump into fourth by the end of lap one. On lap two, Stewart passed Kevin Windham and Chad Reed in the same corner to take over second place, then immediately moved to within striking distance of Carmichael.

For the next several laps, Stewart dogged Carmichael, showing him a wheel from time to time to let the reining champ know he was there and waiting for a mistake. Then on lap eight, Stewart made a big push for the lead as he railed the turn and made his move through the whoops section and passed Carmichael. Carmichael stayed within a second or two of Stewart for the remainder of the race, but could never get close enough to attempt a pass, and was 1.2 seconds behind when Stewart took the checkers.

"I gave it 100% tonight, but James beat me," said Carmichael. "I looked up in the stands and everyone was standing when James and I were battling. After he passed me, I wanted to put in a surge at the end of the race but didn’t have it. Phoenix is a very special place for me and I had a blast here tonight."

Supercross Final:

  1. James Stewart (Kaw)
  2. Ricky Carmichael (Suz)
  3. Chad Reed (Yam)
  4. Travis Preston (Hon)
  5. Tim Ferry (Kaw)
  6. Michael Byrne (Suz)
  7. Ivan Tedesco (Suz)
  8. Kevin Windham (Hon)
  9. Nick Wey (Hon)
  10. Heath Voss (Hon)

Lites Final:

  1. Christophe Pourcel (Kaw)
  2. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)
  3. Chris Gosselaar (Kaw)
  4. Mathew Lemoine (Yam)
  5. Steve Boniface (Kaw)
  6. Josh Hansen (KTM)
  7. Josh Hill (Yam)
  8. Jason Lawrence (Yam)
  9. Kyle Cunningham (Yam)
  10. Martin Davalos (KTM)

Author

Staff Writer

Date

January 28, 2007