Round seven of the 2011 AMA Supercross Series carried with it a mega-storm when it blew into San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium this weekend, leaving James Stewart and his fellow Red Bull competitors a wet battleground to duke it out on. Despite the slippery and slimy conditions, Stewart kept his San Manuel Yamaha up on two wheels to score a spot on the podium, while both Andrew Short and Mike Alessi muscled their KTMs inside the top-10 for the second week in a row.
With the forecast calling for heavy rain throughout the day, the race officials shortened and postponed the timed practice/qualifying sessions until late in the afternoon. Once it was finally go-time, Stewart claimed the fastest lap time in the soggy practice session by nearly two seconds, setting the stage for an easy Heat race win once the night show began.
A just-better-than-mid-pack start hampered Stewart’s efforts in the main, and after stalling the bike and dealing with the weather conditions, third place was the best James could do in San Diego. Read on to find out how it all went down…
SUPERCROSS QUALIFYING HEATS
- Stewart set the pace in the abbreviated practice sessions; his fastest lap time was 53.960
- Stewart grabbed the holeshot in Heat #2 and took a fairly uneventful wire-to-wire win.
- JS7 threw down the fastest lap time (55.928) of the two Heat races.
- Red Bull KTM’s Mike Alessi got off to a stellar start in Heat 2, but fell to seventh after losing his goggles.
- San Manuel/Yamaha/Red Bull’s Kyle Regal (pictured above) put in his best heat performance thus far, holding off Ryan Dungey for the third spot.
- Red Bull KTM’s Andrew Short was up front early, battling for the fifth position, where he would ultimately finish.
SUPERCROSS MAIN EVENT
- Shorty and Alessi both battled Chad Reed for the holeshot early in the main. Andrew used his good start and smooth riding to his advantage to claim sixth at the checkers.
- Stewart came out of turn one just outside of the top-five, but wasted no time working his way through the pack.
- After passing his way to second, James set his sights on race leader Reed.
- On lap 16, James stalled the bike, dropping to fourth.
- Just one lap after stalling, Stewart took advantage of a mistake by Trey Canard and regained a lost position.
- At the checkers, James finished in third, earning 20 valuable points and escaping the mud without any major calamities.
- After his great start, Alessi put in his best performance of the series with a ninth place finish.
1. Chad Reed
2. Ryan Dungey
3. James Stewart
4. Trey Canard
5. Davi Millsaps
6. Andrew Short
7. Ryan Villopoto
8. Brett Metcalfe
9. Mike Alessi
10. Justin Brayton
SUPERCROSS LITES QUALIFYING HEATS
- Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen kicked off Heat #2 with the holeshot and win.
- TLD/Honda/Red Bull’s Cole Seely put in a convincing performance in the mud, battling his way to the third spot.
SUPERCROSS LITES MAIN EVENT
- Seely got a great jump off the gate, hitting the first corner in the seventh spot.
- With rain falling, Seely patiently worked his way up, picking off the likes of Josh Hansen and Jimmy Decotis.
- Cole finished fourth for the night, rebounding from an 11th place finish at Anaheim 2 just two weeks ago.
- After a disappointing start, Roczen would round turn one in the last spot.
- Roczen (pictured below) put his head down and made an impressive charge through the pack from behind. When the checkers flew, he crossed the finish line in the seventh spot.
SUPERCROSS LITES RESULTS
1. Eli Tomac
2. Tyla Rattray
3. Broc Tickle
4. Cole Seely
5. James Decotis
6. Josh Hansen
7. Ken Roczen
8. Ben Evans
9. Ryan Morais
10. Kyle Cunningham
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