AMASX: Round #6 Racing Report - San Diego, CA (Video)

James Stewart race action shot

Supercross Media Press Release:

Yoshimura Suzuki's James Stewart won his first Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, race of the season before 56,828 fans at Qualcomm Stadium on Saturday night at the first-ever Military Appreciation Race.

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Justin Hill won the first Western Regional 250SX Class Main Event of his career and became the fourth different rider to win a race this year in the division.

Andrew Short led the field through turn one to start the 450SX Class Main Event to grab the Hole-shot Award. Short was passed on the opening lap by Ryan Villopoto with Stewart in tow. Stewart then moved around Villopoto on the same lap.

At the end of the first lap, Chad Reed pulled into third place. Reed was passed on Lap 7 by Ken Roczen. Out front, Villopoto pressured Stewart throughout the 20-lap Main Event but was never close enough to attempt a pass. It was the 46th-career victory for Stewart and his first since Atlanta last season, 15 races ago.

James Stewart race action shot #2

“It is always special to win, but especially this season,” said Stewart. “Tonight was our military-themed race and everyone here was one big family. This was an amazing race and I look forward to heading to Cowboys Stadium (in Arlington, Texas) next weekend.”

On the last lap of the race, Reed collided with Roczen’s rear tire and crashed while attempting to make a pass for third. As a result, Reed did not finish the race. Villopoto finished second, with Roczen in third.

And On The Podium Tonight - James Stewart in San Diego:

Villopoto now holds a nine-point lead over Roczen in the 450SX Class standings.

Dakota Tedder won the first Hole-shot Award of his career to begin the 15-lap 250SX Class Main Event but was quickly passed by Dean Wilson, who won last weekend at Angel Stadium. Malcolm Stewart moved into second place and Wilson’s teammate Hill followed in third place.

On the second lap, Wilson crashed and dropped outside of the top 10. Just prior to the crash, Hill was able to pass Stewart for second and then assumed the lead. By Lap 6, Jason Anderson, who came into the evening tied for the points lead, passed Stewart for second place. Hill led the remaining laps for the win, while Anderson finished second and Stewart finished third. Wilson re-entered the race to finish 21st.

Justin Hill race action shot

“What an amazing feeling to get a win,” said Hill. “I had a lot more confidence after getting on the podium in Oakland and I was able to stay focused. I was so focused I missed the white flag, so when I got the checkered I kept charging thinking there was one more lap. This is just so awesome.”

And On The Podium Tonight - Justin Hill in San Diego:

Anderson took over sole possession of the points lead and now holds a four-point advantage over Cole Seely.

Monster Energy Supercross heads to Arlington, Texas’ Cowboys Stadium next Saturday, February 15. Next weekend, the Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship begins as the Western Regional 250SX Class riders are on a break until April 5 at Houston’s Reliant Stadium.

Official Post Show from San Diego:

250SX Class Results: San Diego

Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Kawasaki

Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., KTM

Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Honda

Cole Seely, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Honda

Shane McElrath, Chesterfield, S.C., Honda

Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., Honda

Michael Leib, Menifee, Calif., Honda

Scott Champion, Orange, Calif., Yamaha

Jake Canada, Sun City, Calif., Honda

Dean Ferris, Murrieta, Calif., KTM

250SX Class Season Standings:

Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., KTM, 131

Cole Seely, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Honda, 127

Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Kawasaki, 107

Dean Wilson, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Kawasaki, 98

Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha, 92

Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Honda, 89

Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., Honda, 76

Shane McElrath, Chesterfield, S.C., Honda, 71

Zach Osborne, Chesterfield, S.C., Honda, 69

Dean Ferris, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 63

450SX Class Results: San Diego

James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki

Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki

Ken Roczen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM

Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM

Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Suzuki

Justin Barcia, Pinetta, Fla., Honda

Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda

Brock Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki

Justin Brayton, Cornelius, N.C., Yamaha

Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM

450SX Class Season Standings:

Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 126

Ken Roczen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 117

Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Kawasaki, 111

James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki, 105

Justin Brayton, Cornelius, N.C., Yamaha, 98

Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 94

Justin Barcia, Pinetta, Fla., Honda, 89

Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM, 72

Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Suzuki, 53

Wil Hahn, Menifee, Calif., Honda, 52

Toyota Triple Challenge Standings:

Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Kawasaki, 25

Ken Roczen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 22

Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 20

Justin Barcia, Pinetta, Fla., Honda, 18

Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Suzuki, 16

Justin Brayton, Cornelius, N.C., Yamaha, 15

James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki, 14

Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki, 13

Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM. 12

Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 11

For the first-time ever, the entire Monster Energy Supercross season will air live on FOX Sports. FOX Sports 1 will air 13 races live and FOX Sports 2 will air four races live, in addition to every race re-airing on FOX Sports 2.

For more information: www.supercrossonline.com