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Stewart again at Anaheim III.

The third Anaheim round produced plenty of excitement for the 43,812 diehard fans who braved the rain and cold to witness San Manuel Yamaha's James Stewart take his fifth consecutive win of the 2009 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, season.

Stewart led the field through the first corner with Red Bull Honda's Davi Millsaps and JGRMX/Toyota/Yamaha's Josh Grant in tow. The 2007 champion never looked back and led all 20 laps of the main event.

Meanwhile, reigning champion and 2009 points leader Chad Reed got a mid-pack start, but moved into the top five on lap 2. The Rockstar/Makita Suzuki rider Reed then continued his charge, breaking into the top three on lap 5 and claiming second on lap 7.

The Australian maintained a blistering pace to close in on Stewart, but ultimately settled for his fifth straight second place finish to retain the points lead. Millsaps held of the late charges of team-mate Ivan Tedesco to take third.

“Man it was crazy out there,” explained Stewart. “I was just riding out there and realized it was raining. We got one more race out here in California and so far it's been good. The thanks really goes out to my team. Larry Brooks, San Manuel, and all the crew they've been awesome this year.”

“It was sketchy,” said Reed, now just three points in front of Stewart. “I just tried to put in some consistent laps. The guys put the bike together for the mud and we just tried as hard as we could. Starts are part of the race. I just need to work on them. I really want to thank my team Rockstar/Makita Suzuki. I'm definitely feeling a lot better now than I have been.”

In the Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites event, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki's Jake Weimer took his third win and with it the points lead.

Weimer got a mid-pack start but worked his way to the front behind leader Justin Brayton before the conclusion of lap one. The two riders engaged in a heated battle until lap eight when Weimer made the winning pass and brought team-mate Ryan Morais along with him. Morais would stay close, keeping Weimer honest to bring home a runner-up finish. Brayton maintained his hold on third.

“Yeh this is a huge win for sure,” said Weimer. “Once I got by Justin [Brayton] I just kept my head down and tried to ride consistent for the rest of the main. It feels great to take the points lead and the momentum into San Diego next weekend.”

AMA Supercross Class Results, Anaheim 3
1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha
2. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Suzuki
3. Davi Millsaps, Tallahassee, Fla., Honda
4. Ivan Tedesco, Tallahassee, Fla., Honda
5. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha
6. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda
7. Kevin Windham, Centerville, Miss., Honda
8. Josh Hill, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha
9. Kyle Chisholm, Valrico, Fla., Yamaha
10. Tim Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki

AMA Supercross Class Season Standings
1. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Suzuki, 130
2. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha, 127
3. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha, 111
4. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda, 102
5. Ivan Tedesco, Tallahasse, Fla., Honda, 91
6. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 88
7. Kevin Windham, Centerville, Miss., Honda, 82
8. Davi Millsaps, Tallahassee, Fla., Honda, 75
9. Mike Alessi, Apple Valley, Calif., Suzuki, 68
10. Tim Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki, 67

Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites Class Results, Anaheim 3
1. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki
2. Ryan Morais, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki
3. Justin Brayton, Murrieta, Calif., KTM
4. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki
5. Jeff Alessi, Victorville, Calif., Honda
6. Ryan Sipes, Vine Grove, Ky., KTM
7. Dan Reardon, Menifee, Calif., Honda
8. P.J. Larsen, Stanley, N.C., Kawasaki
9. Chris Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Honda
10. Eric McCrummen, Oakley, Calif., Honda

Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites Class Season Standings
1. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki, 113
2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki, 110
3. Ryan Morais, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki, 102
4. Justin Brayton, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 88
5. Ryan Sipes, Vine Grove, Ky., KTM, 69
6. Chris Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Honda, 68
7. Dan Reardon, Menifee, Calif., Honda, 56
8. P.J. Larsen, Stanley, N.C., Kawasaki, 51
9. Jeff Alessi, Victorville, Calif., Honda, 39
10. Eric McCrummen, Oakley, Calif., Honda, 38


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Poorschanutt - Unregistered

February 09, 2009 10:46 PM

It looks like the early season problems of the new Yamaha have been sorted out. The bike holeshots the start and then seeyalater Reedy.. I cant stand Chad (my world) Reed but jeez he can ride. His performace from wayyyyy back to 2nd at this race was just awesome.

minime8276 - Unregistered

February 10, 2009 10:15 PM

Don't forget his ride from last to 2nd a few races ago (Dallas, was it?) on a suposedly "one-lined track." I am NOT a Reed fan but he looks more comfortable than anybdy out there. Stewart is fast because he is an animal and rides around problems like nobody's business. Just ask Carmichael. Too bad Honda has poop for talent and Kawi has Villopoto who is doing what Carmichael did his first year on big bikes -- he is too small/weak. It will take him 2 or 3 years to be a top fnisher. Josh Grant has been very cosistent. Nice to see. As for Jason Lawrence in trouble again...



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