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Two in a row as Stewart conquers Phoenix.

James Stewart has followed up his season-opening AMA Supercross win at Anaheim with a repeat come-from-behind victory over reigning champion Ricky Carmichael at Chase Field, Phoenix.

With the first main event start red flagged to allow an injured (but not seriously hurt) David Vuillemin to leave the track, Yamaha's Jeff Dement took the early lead in the restart – but was soon passed by 'part-timer' Carmichael, with Stewart and fellow AMA and world championship rival Chad Reed in third.

Stewart and Carmichael spent the first six laps battling for the number-one position, but on lap seven Stewart made the decisive move and rode off to his 13th-career AMA Supercross class victory - although Carmichael remained in touch.

"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."

"This feels great," said Stewart. "I did not feel good all day, and then, when the main event started, I started to feel good. I know my goals this year, and I look forward to accomplishing them."

Stewart now leads both the AMA (after two rounds) and world championship (after four rounds) standings, by 6 and 1 points over Carmichael respectively. Reed, winner of the opening world championship round but currently recovering from injury, finished third in Phoenix to consolidate third in both the early title standings.

Meanwhile, the Supercross Lites class saw a new winner in the form of reigning MX2 Motocross world champion Christophe Pourcel. The young Frenchman had signaled his intentions by finishing a promising second to Kawasaki team-mate and pre-season favourite Ryan Villopoto at Anaheim - but Villopoto suffered a poor start in Phoenix, while Pourcel took an early lead he was never to lose.

"I am surprised at my finish," said the dominant Pourcel. "I'd like to thank everyone, and I look forward to racing next weekend in Anaheim."

RV recovered from tenth to second while another Kawasaki rider, Chris Gosselaar, passed Yamaha's Matt Lemoine for third on the final lap.

The AMA and World Supercross championships now return to Anaheim on January 20 for the second of three 2007 events at the famous Californian stadium.


Amp'd Mobile AMA Supercross Series Event Results, Phoenix:
1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki
2. Ricky Carmichael, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki
3. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Yamaha
4. Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif., Honda
5. Timmy Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki
6. Michael Byrne, Newnan, Ga., Suzuki
7. Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki
8. Kevin Windham, Centerville, Miss., Honda
9. Nicholas Wey, Murrieta, Calif., Honda
10. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Honda

Amp'd Mobile AMA Supercross Series Season Standings:
1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki, 50
2. Ricky Carmichael, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki, 44
3. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Yamaha, 40
4. Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif., Honda, 36
5. Timmy Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki, 32
6. Michael Byrne, Newnan, Ga., Suzuki, 26
7. Nicholas Wey, Murrieta, Calif., Honda, 26
8. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda, 25
9. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Honda, 24
10. Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 21

Amp'd Mobile World Supercross GP Season Standings:
1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki, 92
2. Ricky Carmichael, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki, 91
3. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Yamaha, 85
4. Timmy Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki, 66
5. Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif., Honda, 55
6. Nicholas Wey, Murrieta, Calif., Honda, 54
7. David Vuillemin, Menifee, Calif., Honda, 53
8. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Honda, 47
9 Jeff Gibson, Blacklick, Ohio, Kawasaki, 39
10. Paul Carpenter, Ithaca, N.Y., Kawasaki, 38


Amp'd Mobile Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites Event Results, Phoenix:
1. Christophe Pourcel, France, Kawasaki
2. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki
3. Christopher Gosselaar, Victorville, Calif., Kawasaki
4. Matthew Lemoine, Pilot Point, Texas, Yamaha
5. Steve Boniface, Corona, Calif., Kawasaki
6. Josh Hansen, Lake Elsinore, Calif., KTM
7. Josh Hill, Yoncalla, Calif., Yamaha
8. Jason Lawrence, Carlsbad, Calif., Yamaha
9. Kyle Cunningham, Springtown, Texas, Yamaha
10. Martin Davalos, Cairo, Ga., KTM

Amp'd Mobile Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites Season Standings:
1. Christophe Pourcel, France, Kawasaki, 47
2. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 47
3. Christopher Gosselaar, Victorville, Calif., Kawasaki, 33
4. Jason Lawrence, Carlsbad, Calif., Yamaha, 33
5. Josh Hansen, Lake Elsinore, Calif., KTM, 33
6. Matthew Lemoine, Pilot Point, Texas, Yamaha, 32
7. Steve Boniface, Corona, Calif., Kawasaki, 26
8. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Honda, 23
9. Troy Adams, Homosassa, Fla., Suzuki, 23
10. Kyle Cunningham, Springtown, Texas, 20


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Ricky Carmichael and James Stewart battle.
James Stewart – Yamaha (pic: Yamaha).
James Stewart - Yamaha (pic: Yamaha).
James Stewart - Yamaha (pic: Yamaha).
James Stewart - Yamaha (pic: Yamaha).
James Stewart - Yamaha (pic: Yamaha).
James Stewart - Yamaha (pic: Yamaha).
James Stewart - Yamaha (pic: Yamaha).
James Stewart - Yamaha (pic: Yamaha).
James Stewart - Yamaha (pic: Yamaha).
James Stewart - Yamaha (pic: Yamaha).
James Stewart - Yamaha (pic: Yamaha).
James Stewart - Yamaha (pic: Yamaha).
James Stewart - Yamaha (pic: Yamaha)
James Stewart, Justin Brayton and Kevin Windham on the 2008 Paris-Bercy Supercross podium (pic: www.motoverte.com)
James Stewart - Yamaha (pic: Yamaha)
James Stewart - Yamaha (pic: Yamaha)
James Stewart - Yamaha (Pic: Chris Tedesco/Steve Giberson).

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