James Stewart took his sixth successive AMA Supercross victory in San Diego on Saturday night when, for the sixth time in a row, Chad Reed finished second - tying the pair at the top of the championship standings.
Stewart has thus completely erased the 23-point deficit he faced after the season-opening race in Anaheim, which was won by Josh Grant while Stewart failed to finish.
Rockstar/Makita Suzuki's Mike Alessi grabbed the holeshot in the 20-lap San Diego main event with Stewart and Reed in tow. The top two riders quickly made their move around Alessi and gapped the field. Reed initially kept pace with Stewart for a couple laps, but the Yamaha rider slowly pulled away, leading flag-to-flag.
“The track was definitely tough,” explained Stewart. “I just had some good luck. The track was slick, but, man, this San Manuel Yamaha was awesome. To come back where we were at, 23-points back, it's just amazing. [San Diego] is special to me - it gave me my first victory in 2002 so I've always had a soft spot in my heart for the city.”
Reed held off the late charges of both Honda Red Bull Racing's Andrew Short and Monster Energy Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto to capture second while Short edged Villopoto at the line for third.
“I got great starts and I was there,” stated Reed. “I just wasn't fast enough. James rode awesome and I want to thank the team for being patient with me all day. I'm happy to be second and once again San Diego was good to me. I want to thank my team and all my sponsors. We're just keeping it consistent.”
In the Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites class, Rockstar/Makita Suzuki's Ryan Dungey reclaimed the championship lead with his third win of the season.
Dungey led the field into the first corner, but was edged out for the holeshot by Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki's Ryan Morais while GEICO Powersports Honda's Dan Reardon followed in third.
Points leader Jake Weimer got a mid-pack start aboard his Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki but began to work his way through the field. Dungey led every lap of the main event and carries a two-point lead into a seven-week break for the Western Regional championship. Morais earned a runner-up finish while Weimer worked his way up to third.
“I'm really pumped,” said Dungey. “I think I really rode an awesome race form start to finish. Sometimes when you're given that kind of opportunity you need to take advantage of it and I think I did that tonight. I just want to thank my team, Rockstar/Makita Suzuki for everything.” AMA Supercross Class Results, San Diego
1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha
2. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Suzuki
3. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda
4. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki
5. Davi Millsaps, Tallahassee, Fla., Honda
6. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., Suzuki
7. Kevin Windham, Centerville, Miss., Honda
8. Michael Byrne, Newnan, Ga., Suzuki
9. Nick Wey, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha
10. Ivan Tedesco, Tallahassee, Fla., Honda AMA Supercross Class Season Standings
1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha, 152
2. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Suzuki, 152
3. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda, 122
4. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha, 112
5. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 106
6. Ivan Tedesco, Tallahasse, Fla., Honda, 102
7. Kevin Windham, Centerville, Miss., Honda, 96
8. Davi Millsaps, Tallahassee, Fla., Honda, 91
9. Mike Alessi, Apple Valley, Calif., Suzuki, 83
10. Tim Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki, 74 Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites Class Results, San Diego
1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki
2. Ryan Morais, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki
3. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki
4. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda
5. Ryan Sipes, Vine Grove, Ky., KTM
6. Justin Brayton, Murrieta, Calif., KTM
7. Chris Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Honda
8. Jake Moss, Temecula, Calif., Honda
9. Jeff Alessi, Victorville, Calif., Honda
10. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Suzuki Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites Class Season Standings
1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki, 135
2. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki, 133
3. Ryan Morais, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki, 124
4. Justin Brayton, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 103
5. Ryan Sipes, Vine Grove, Ky., KTM, 85
6. Chris Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Honda, 82
7. Dan Reardon, Menifee, Calif., Honda, 59
8. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda, 54
9. Jeff Alessi, Victorville, Calif., Honda, 51
10. P.J. Larsen, Stanley, N.C., Kawasaki, 51