The 2011 AMA Supercross series officially kicked off its East Coast swing on Saturday night in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome, with James Stewart and Andrew Short finishing fourth and sixth, respectively.
Stewart’s fourth-place finish was far from representative of his speed and determination in Atlanta, but forces beyond his control relegated him to the subpar (for Stewart) finish.
Once again setting the fastest lap times of the event as he’s done all season long, JS7 proved that he was the man to beat at round number eight before a chaotic finish derailed what was set to be his fourth win of the series.
Continue reading to get the scoop on how it all went down in “Hotlanta”...
SUPERCROSS QUALIFYING HEATS
- The Red Bull KTM duo of Andrew Short (pictured above) and Mike Alessi went to work in Supercross Heat #1, and after neck-and-neck starts just inside the top-10, the two teammates battled it out before finishing in the fourth and fifth spots, respectively.
- Behind the two KTM riders, San Manuel Yamaha/Red Bull’s Kyle Regal put in a solid ride to qualify in the sixth position.
- James Stewart grabbed a top-five start to kick off Heat #2, and quickly made his way into second by the end of lap four.
- Spinning the night’s fastest lap time (45.913) in an attempt to chase down Ryan Villopoto out front, JS7 came up just a few tenths of a second short of challenging for the win, but easily qualified for the main in the second spot.
SUPERCROSS MAIN EVENT
- Stewart rocketed out of the gate to grab a massive holeshot to begin the 20-lap Atlanta main event.
- After leading the first two laps, JS7 made a bobble that allowed Chad Reed by, but he regained momentum quickly to reduce the early damage.
- While pressuring to take back the lead by the midway point, Stewart made another costly mistake, giving a couple seconds of cushion back to Reed up front.
- With three laps to go, JS7 reeled Reed back in as they battled through a slew of lapped riders en route to the checkers, and the race for the win was officially back on.
- With his sights set on win number four, Stewart made a pass for the lead just before taking the white flag and looked to have complete control of the race.
- Midway through the final go-around, however, Reed came in hot on the inside of Stewart and cleaned out his front end, taking them both down.
- Scrambling to get back into the race, JS7 could only scrape together a fourth-place finish by the wave of the checkers, as both Ryan Villopoto and Ryan Dungey snuck by to top the podium.
- Behind the chaos up front, Andrew Short cruised in for a solid sixth-place finish, and now sits in sixth overall in the championship points chase.
- The series now heads south to the famed Daytona International Speedway next weekend for round number nine.
1. Ryan Villopoto
2. Ryan Dungey
3. Chad Reed
4. James Stewart
5. Trey Canard
6. Andrew Short
7. Justin Brayton
8. Kevin Windham
9. Ivan Tedesco
10. Brett Metcalfe
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