Stewart wins Anaheim II, Reed leads.

James Stewart got his 2009 AMA Supercross title challenge firmly back on track by winning his second race in a row at round three - a return to Anaheim - but it was reigning champion Chad Reed who produced the most impressive ride.

Former champion Stewart, who failed to finish the Anaheim I season opener, had taken his first Yamaha AMA victory with a close triumph over Reed at round two in Phoenix.

Round three produced a similar final result, but while Stewart worked his way steadily forward to take the lead from Kevin Windham on lap 11 of 20, Reed stormed back from a first turn crash that left him in last place to finish just 3.5sec behind Stewart at the chequered flag.

"It was a tough weekend for me as far as getting adjusted to the track," said Stewart, who collided with Travis Preston during practice and badly cut his hand. "Also, physically, it was definitely tough for me. But if we can get wins like this, I can't imagine what it will be like when things go smoothly; maybe we can do even better."

“I was somewhere in the top five off the start and someone took me out,” explained Reed, who snatched second place from Windham at the very corner of the race. “Really, I just tried to go into damage control tonight and play it smart for 20 laps as it was an extremely difficult track to pass on.

“We have the points lead now, so I am so excited. The entire Rockstar Makita Suzuki team has been working their butts off, and I am confident, especially after our recovery tonight,” added the Australian.

Reed now leads the title chase by three points over round one winner Josh Grant, with Stewart up to fourth (12 points from Reed).

Suzuki's Ryan Dungey won the AMA Supercross Lites race by five seconds from Ryan Morais, with the fellow Kawasaki of Jake Weimer third.

Dungey now leads the championship by six points from Morais.

Round four of Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, resume take place on Saturday January 24 at Houston's Reliant Stadium.

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James Stewart - Yamaha (pic: Yamaha).
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).
Josh Grant wins Anaheim I 2009 (Pic: Yamaha).
Chad Reed - Suzuki.
Chad Reed - Suzuki.
Chad Reed will race for Suzuki during the 2009 AMA season.
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:
Chad Reed - Yamaha (pic: Fluid PR).

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Minime82 - Unregistered

January 21, 2009 1:36 AM

I'm surprised there aren't more comments. This was an amazing race to watch -- to see Reed come from so far back. People like me who are addicts and watch F1, WSB, BSB, AMA, LMS, etc... well, if you didn't watch this race, you missed out. One word: ACTION. To the other posters, I agree. Reed clicks on the Suzuki and can put it anywhere. Yamaha has had problems since they went to the aluminum frame. Stewart doesn't click like he did on the Kawi. I don't like Reed at all, but I think he's got Bubba's number this year. Just too bad the CBS coverage SUCKED so much!

Raw Dawg - Unregistered

January 20, 2009 2:06 PM

The Yam doesn't look up to the task quite yet, but unfortunately for Reed the rider accounts for a lot more in Motorcross compared to other forms of bike racing so Stewart is still gonna eat him alive!!!!!!!!!!!

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