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Stewart beats Ricky for Atlanta victory

1 January 1901

James Stewart kept just out of reach of a returning Ricky Carmichael to collect his sixth win of the 2007 AMA/World Supercross season, before a record crowd of 70,649, at Atlanta's Georgia Dome.

Stewart's title rival Chad Reed grabbed the $1,500 Progressive Direct Holeshot Award, but Stewart who took over the lead a few turns later with Suzuki's semi-retired star rider Carmichael in third.

Reed then slid out on lap four and dropped back to fifth, giving the lead to Stewart, who was closely followed by Carmichael. The two riders sprinted away from the field and engaged in a one-on-one battle for the top spot.

Carmichael, who made a spirited return to racing after taking off the last three races, came within a few bike lengths of Stewart in the closing moments of the race but was unable to make the pass. Carmichael finished second and Reed finished third.

"James rode well tonight," confessed Carmichael. "In the early part of the race, Chad was in front of me as well as James, so I knew I had to make my move early. Once Chad went down, I tried to reel James in, but he was going so fast in the rhythm section tonight. I'd like thank all the fans who have supported me here through the years."

"Ricky kept honest tonight," confirmed Stewart. "It was a great race, but I was getting caught up with some of the lappers. Every time I went through the rhythm section I was scared. We had a great crowd on hand tonight."

In the AMA Supercross Lites East Coast race, KTM's Mike Alessi took the holeshot, but Suzuki's Ryan Dungey and Kawasaki's Ben Townley quickly shot to the front - the two riders crossing the finish line side by side at the end of lap one.

Dungey took over the lead on the ensuing lap and held off a mid-race charge from former world champion Townley to take his debut win. Townley later dropped out of the race with an apparent mechanical failure leaving Kawasaki's Darcy Lange second and Yamaha's Matt Goerke was third.

"This felt so good," said Dungey. "I really want to thank Roger DeCoster and Team Suzuki for giving me this opportunity. It's been a great experience working with my team-mates Ricky Carmichael and Ivan Tedesco. I look forward to the rest of the season. Getting this win makes going into St. Louis a little easier."

The next round of Amp'd Mobile Supercross takes place on Saturday, March 3, at St. Louis' Edward Jones Dome.


Amp'd Mobile AMA Supercross Series Event Results, Atlanta:
1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki
2. Ricky Carmichael, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki
3. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Yamaha
4. Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki
5. Kevin Windham, Centerville, Miss., Honda
6. Timmy Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki
7. Bryan Johnson, Cairo, Ga., Honda
8. David Vuillemin, Menifee, Calif., Honda
9. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Honda
10. Jeff Gibson, Blacklick, Ohio, Kawasaki

Amp'd Mobile AMA Supercross Series Season Standings:
1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki, 188
2. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Yamaha, 171
3. Timmy Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki, 145
4. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda, 119
5. Michael Byrne, Newnan, Ga., Suzuki, 108
6. Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 101
7. Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif., Honda, 96
8. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Honda, 94
9. Ricky Carmichael, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki, 91
10. David Vuillemin, Menifee, Calif., Honda, 86

Amp'd Mobile World Supercross GP Season Standings:
1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki, 232
2. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Yamaha, 216
3. Timmy Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki, 180
4. Ricky Carmichael, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki, 138
5. David Vuillemin, Menifee, Calif., Honda, 127
6. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Honda, 121
7. Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif., Honda, 120
8. Michael Byrne, Newnan, Ga., Suzuki, 120
9. Nicholas Wey, Murrieta, Calif., Honda, 108
10. Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 108


Amp'd Mobile Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites Event Results, Atlanta:
1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki
2. Darcy Lange, Hemet, Calif., Kawasaki
3. Matt Goerke, Lake Helen, Fla., Yamaha
4. Ryan Morais, Temecula, Calif., Suzuki
5. Branden Jesseman, New Brighton, Pa., Yamaha
6. Justin Brayton, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Yamaha
7. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., KTM
8. Matt Boni, Geneva, Fla., Kawasaki
9. Ryan Sipes, Vine Grove, Ken., Honda
10. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., Suzuki

Amp'd Mobile Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites Season Standings:
1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki, 25
2. Darcy Lange, Hemet, Calif., Kawasaki, 22
3. Matt Goerke, Lake Helen, Fla., Yamaha, 20
4. Ryan Morais, Temecula, Calif., Suzuki, 18
5. Branden Jesseman, New Brighton, Pa., Yamaha, 16
6. Justin Brayton, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Yamaha, 15
7. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., KTM, 14
8. Matt Boni, Geneva, Fla., Kawasaki, 13
9. Ryan Sipes, Vine Grove, Ken., Honda, 12
10. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., Suzuki, 11


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