James Stewart scores 46th Supercross victory; Justin Hill wins Supercross Lites
After coming close a couple times this year, James Stewart would get it done in San Diego as Stewart took the lead on lap one from Ryan Villopoto and led the rest of the way, scoring his 46th career victory.
"Been running really good," he commented. "Got a good start, got out front and was able to hold on and win it. I knew I was in shape and could do it. It means a lot."
Villopoto would finish second, extending his points lead to nine points ahead of Ken Roczen, as he looks for his fourth straight championship. Stewart currently sits fourth, 21 points back.
"It was a great race," Villopoto commented. "James rode a great race. Track was tough. Seemed I couldn't find a spot to make up time."
Rookie Roczen continued his string of solid finishes, rounding out the podium after winning the first heat.
"Really happy to be on the podium but bummed about my riding," Roczen said afterwards. "I made mistakes."
Roczen's teammate Ryan Dungey finished fourth.
Last week's winner Chad Reed looked to be on his way to finishing inside the top five, though would go down hard after making contact with one of the lapped riders, Wey. Reed did get up after the run, though it was obvious that he was hurt. No update has been given on Reed's condition except he was taken to hospital for further examination. Reed was credited with a 12th place finish and sits third in points, 15 points back.
Justin Barcia was also within the front runners when he would go down, though immediately getting back up and continuing.
In the Supercross Lites West, Justin Hill picked up his first career victory after the lead on lap three and leading the rest of the way. Hill's teammate Dean Wilson got the holeshot and looked to be on his way to his second straight win, when he went down on lap three due to the brake sticking on his motorcycle.
Points leader Jason Anderson finished third and currently leads Cole Seely by four points. Hill now sits third, 24 points back.
Malcolm Stewart rounded out the podium.
Weimer and Josh Grant both missed the event due to injuries. Phillip Nicoletti rode Grant's bike and was good at getting a good jump, though had issues with staying consistant throughout the event.