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Reed takes first Suzuki AMS victory.

Chad Reed finally won his first Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, race of the season at the inaugural race inside Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, tying the AMA Supercross class points race in the process.

Reed opened the AMA Supercross class main event with the holeshot, leading his Rockstar/Makita Suzuki team-mate Mike Alessi and San Manuel Yamaha's James Stewart through turn one. The next 20 laps would be the Reed/Stewart show.

On lap two Stewart crashed while chasing Reed and remounted to stage an impressive comeback. Stewart, who had seven consecutive race wins coming into the 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 points race between Reed and Stewart is now tied heading into next weekend's race in Daytona.

Stewart finished second and Alessi finished third with his first ever podium spot.

“I knew that if I had a good start I could give myself a chance,” said reigning champion Reed. “James [Stewart] has been riding awesome, and I want to take that next step. James made a mistake and I snuck around to get the win. This Indianapolis crowd made me feel like I was in front of my hometown crowd back in Australia because they were so loud and supportive.”

“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.”

Meanwhile, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki's Austin Stroupe took his first win of the season in the Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites class race.

After a re-start, team-mate Christophe Pourcel picked up the holeshot with Stroupe following in a close second. On the second lap Stroupe made an aggressive pass on Pourcel to move into the lead. Yamaha's Matt Lemoine spent the early stages of the race in third place but was passed by Rockstar/Makita Suzuki's Nico Izzi on lap nine.

Stroupe earned the victory, which was the second of his career, Pourcel finished second and Izzi third.

“It was a great day for me,” said Stroupe. “The first turn was pretty rough for us, but I was glad to get through there clean. This is a huge crowd and this is an awesome new venue.”

AMA Supercross Class Results, Indianapolis
1. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Suzuki
2. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha
3. Mike Alessi, Apple Valley, Calif., Suzuki
4. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha
5. Ivan Tedesco, Tallahassee, Fla., Honda
6. Ben Coisy, Murrieta, Calif., Honda
7. Davi Millsaps, Tallahassee, Fla., Honda
8. Michael Byrne, Newnan, Ga., Suzuki
9. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki
10. Timmy Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki

AMA Supercross Class Season Standings
1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha, 199
2. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Suzuki, 199
3. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda, 150
4. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha, 138
5. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 138
6. Ivan Tedesco, Tallahasse, Fla., Honda, 132
7. Davi Millsaps, Tallahassee, Fla., Honda, 116
8. Mike Alessi, Apple Valley, Calif., Suzuki, 113
9. Kevin Windham, Centerville, Miss., Honda, 112
10. Tim Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki, 98

Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites Class Results, Indianapolis
1. Austin Stroupe, Lincolnton, N.C., Kawasaki
2. Christophe Pourcel, Corona, Calif., Kawasaki
3. Nico Izzi, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki
4. Branden Jesseman, New Brighton, Pa., Kawasaki
5. Steven Clarke, Cairo, Ga., Suzuki
6. Levi Kilbarger, Logan, Ohio, Honda
7. Daniel Blair, Modesto, Calif., Honda
8. Matt Lemoine, Collinsville, Texas, Yamaha
9. Shane Sewell, Westville, Ind., Yamaha
10. Kyle Keylon, Brooksville, Fla., Honda

Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites Class Season Standings
1. Christophe Pourcel, Corona, Calif., Kawasaki, 7
2. Nico Izzi, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 62
3. Austin Stroupe, Lincolnton, N.C., Kawasaki, 57
4. Branden Jesseman, New Brighton, Pa., Kawasaki, 43
5. Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, KTM, 36
6. Martin Davalos, Cairo, Ga., KTM, 35
7. Steven Clarke, Cairo, Ga., Suzuki, 35
8. Blake Wharton, Pilot Point, Texas, Honda, 34
9. Matt Lemoine, Collinsville, Texas, Yamaha, 29
10. Daniel Blair, Modesto, Calif., Honda, 26


Related Pictures

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Chad Reed will race for Suzuki during the 2009 AMA season.
Chad Reed Yamaha
Chad Reed in pensive mood at Glen Helen earlier this year
Chad Reed - Monster Energy Kawasaki
Chad Reed - Suzuki.
Chad Reed - Suzuki (pic: Suzuki).
Chad Reed - Suzuki (pic: Suzuki).
Chad Reed - Makita Rockstar Suzuki (pic: Suzuki).
Chad Reed - Makita Rockstar Suzuki (pic: Suzuki).
Chad Reed - Suzuki.
Chad Reed - Suzuki.
Chad Reed celebrates clinching the 2008 AMA Supercross championship.
Chad Reed wins the 2008 AMA Supercross championship.
Kevin Windham, Chad Reed and Andrea Short on the St Louis 2008 Supercross podium (pic: Steve Cox).
Chad Reed immediately after his Detroit accident (pic: www.racerxill.com).
Chad Reed - Yamaha (pic: Fluid PR).
Chad Reed – Yamaha (pic: Fluid PR).
Chad Reed – Yamaha (pic: Fluid PR).

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poorshanutt - Unregistered

March 05, 2009 7:06 AM

As I've stated before I am not a Reed fan at all. However, to say Bubba gave him the win is a joke. The track was brutal in design as even Bubba admitted and Reed was held up by the lappers at every turn the second half of the race. Bottom line was Stewert was pressured for the first time in a long time and that is his only weakness. It does ya no good to be a few 1/10s faster if you end up falingl doing it. Heck, even mighty Mike on the 800 made a pass on Bubba at one point. Gotta give Reedy scoreboard---



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