Going into the Oakland SX on Saturday night the only one of the ‘big four’ yet to stand on top of the AMA Supercross class podium so far this season was JGR Yamaha’s James Stewart.
Well he made up for that at the O.co Coliseum, starting fourth and working his way up behind early leader Chad Reed. Stewart then made the pass on lap nine and checked out to take an emotional win.
“I would like to dedicate this win to my mechanic, Mark ‘Tex’ Adams, who passed away this week,” says Stewart. “I got in a rhythm out there tonight and put together a great race. I had a tough couple of races this year and tonight I got it done.”
Stewart’s victory makes it four winners from four events and moves him into fourth in the series. Reed, winner of round three, shares the lead with Ryan Dungey, winner of round two. The pair are two points clear of defending champion Ryan Villopoto, winner of round one with Stewart a further 10 points off the pace. It’s that close…
The Lites West sees Eli Tomac make it two wins on the trot, this time from former world MX2 champ Marvin Musquin and former British champ Zach Osborne who snags his second successive podium finish and moves to third in the championship.
Scot Dean Wilson crashed while challenging for the lead in the early stages and could only recover to 10th, two places behind fellow Brit Max Anstie.
Former world champ Tyla Rattray crashed heavily in qualifying and will be out for four to six weeks.