RC Win Streak Brought To A Close By Oakley Teammate Stewart


Oakley star James Stewart took advantage of a late-race crash by fellow Oakley star Ricky Carmichael in the second moto this weekend, to win. There was a record-breaking crowd of 27, 442 for this outdoor national, at the Unbound Energy National at Washougal Motocross Park, round eight of the 12-race Toyota AMA Motocross Championship.

Stewart who sports his Signature CROWBARS, is currently battling injuries sustained earlier in the season, but took home the overall win with a 2-1 moto finish. Stewart returned to the top of the podium, earning his second overall win of the season. Oakley’s Carmichael wearing his Signature O-FRAME wound up second overall with a 1-2 finish and saw his six-race win streak come to an end.

After Carmichael came from behind to win the first moto, Bubba again saw an early lead slip away when Carmichael made a pass late in moto two. However, with two laps to go, RC made an uncharacteristic mistake and crashed, handing the lead and the overall win to Stewart.

"It feels good to be back…it was a hard road to get here," said Stewart, who has missed five motos due to crashes and injuries. "I think the last three months, I’ve ridden three weeks (due to injuries) and I told myself that I’m going out there for the team and for the fans. Once he got by me I was trying to keep him close. With a couple laps to go, fortunately I was able to take advantage."

After three consecutive weekends of racing, the Toyota AMA Motocross Championship, presented by FMF, takes a week off before heading to Millville, Minn, on July 30, for the Honda Spring Creek National.

Round 8: (Oakley Athletes in Red)

James Stewart (Kaw)
Ricky Carmichael (Suz)
Chad Reed (Yam)
Davi Millsaps (Hon)
Tim Ferry (Hon)
Travis Preston (Hon)
Kevin Windham (Hon)
David Vuillemin (Yam)
Daniel Sani (Hon)
Michael Byrne (Hon)

Season Standings: (Oakley Athletes in Red)

Ricky Carmichael (Suz), 389
Chad Reed (Yam), 313
Davi Millsaps (Hon), 269
Kevin Windham (Hon), 261
Travis Peston (Hon), 226
James Stewart (Kaw), 211
David Vuillemin (Yam), 206
Nicholas Wey (Hon), 202
Tim Ferry (Hon), 178
Josh Summey (Hon), 129


Staff Writer


July 30, 2006