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Stewart sweeps Hangtown.

After a dominating opening round, Monster Energy Kawasaki's James Stewart made it two for two at the Honda Hangtown Motocross Classic, round two of the 2008 Toyota Motocross Championship Presented by FMF.

After earning the holeshot in the first moto, Stewart quickly pulled away to the victory while a stellar battle ensued behind him. Privateer rider Steve Boniface put in an outstanding effort, staying within the top five for most of the moto while Stewart's team-mate Tim Ferry and Red Bull Honda's Davi Millsaps battled it out for second with Ferry gaining the edge.

In the final moto, Millsaps capitalised on a stellar run out of the gates to take the holeshot and despite getting passed by Stewart just a few turns later, made a great move to get back past the Kawasaki rider.

But Stewart was soon back on top and cruised to a perfect 1-1 moto sweep. Ferry grinded his way through traffic to second place and second overall while Red Bull Honda's Ivan Tedesco rode a strong second moto to bring home a 4-3 and round out the podium in third.

"It felt good," said Stewart said of the win. "I felt really good today. I was just trying to keep solid lap times, racing the pit board and just doing my thing. We practice that so much during the week trying to get ready for the weekend. The track was really tough today. It was hard to get a bike setup. We've been working really hard and its showing. The fans were great out there, they're really showing the love and I think that will continue for the rest of the season."

In the AMA Lites class, Monster Energy Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto was virtually unbeatable and was not passed for the lead throughout the 34 laps of action. He grabbed the BTOSports.com Holeshot Award in both motos en route to a sweep of the overall.

"Three races in a row, I'd like to keep it going and get the points [advantage] a little bigger," said Villopoto. "I definitely want to finish my last season in the Lites division and win three [championships] in a row. [My competitors] are going fast and it's just going to take doing the work during the week to stay ahead of them. The track was pretty rough and the warm weather really separated the riders."

Rockstar/Makita Suzuki's Ryan Dungey improved on his solid efforts last weekend to finish in the runner-up position overall with a 2-3 moto finish. Boost Mobile Yamaha of Troy's Jason Lawrence rounded out the top three overall after fifth and second place finishes in the motos.

Stewart currently holds a 20-point lead in the over team-mate Ferry in the AMA Motocross standings while Villopoto has a nine-point advantage over Dungey in AMA Motocross Lites.


Related Pictures

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James Stewart – Kawasaki (pic: Steve Bruhn).
James Stewart – Yamaha (pic: Yamaha).
Chad Reed - Monster Energy Kawasaki
Ryan Villopoto - Kawasaki (Pic: allisports.com)
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)

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