Stewart Makes It Three In A Row In Houston

Shan Moore | April 1, 2006

James Stewart gained three valuable points on Ricky Carmichael and five on Chad Reed in the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series points standings after taking the win at round 13 of the series held at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas.

Stewart moved by his Kawasaki teammate Michael Byrne halfway through the first lap and then put in three or four blazingly fast laps before cruising home with his third-straight win.

Carmichael moved his Makita Suzuki into second on lap two and kept Stewart in sight, while maintaining a cushion over Team Yamaha’s Chad Reed for the next 18 laps of the race.

Reed ended up with third, while Team Honda’s Kevin Windham had his best finish since returning to the series with a fourth.

Carmichael now leads the AMA standings with 281 points, followed by Reed with 269 and Stewart with 264.

Stewart also moved into a tie with Carmichael for the lead in the World GP standings with the finish.

In the Lites division, Team Honda’s Davi Millsaps moved into the lead on lap two of the 15-lap main event and then held off Sobe/Samsung/Mobile/Honda’s Tommy Hahn to take the win, giving him his fourth victory of the year and his first-ever Supercross title. Hahn’s teammate, Josh Grant, who had a slim chance at winning the title going into the final Lites race of the year, crashed out of contention on lap one, taking the pressure off of Millsaps.

Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Chris Gosselaar took third in the main, and by doing so, finished second overall in the series, while Red Bull KTM’s Jay Marmont had his best finish of the series with a fourth, just ahead of Star Racing’s Matt Goerke.

SX MAIN (20 laps):

1. James Stewart (Kaw)

2. Ricky Carmichael (Suz)

3. Chad Reed (Yam)

4. Kevin Windham (Hon)

5. Michael Byrne (Kaw)

6. Ivan Tedesco (Suz)

7. Travis Preston (Hon)

8. Nick Wey (Hon)

9. Tim Ferry (Hon)

10. Ryan Clark (Hon)

SX LITES MAIN (15 laps):

1. Davi Millsaps (Hon)

2. Tommy Hahn (Hon)

3. Chris Gosselaar (Kaw)

4. Jay Marmont (KTM)

7. Kelly Smith (Hon)

8. Teddy Maier (Kaw)

9. Sean Hamblin (Suz)

10. Josh Woods (Suz)

Shan Moore | Contributing Editor

Moore covers all facets of off-road racing for Cycle News – from AMA Supercross and Motocross to GNCC and National Hare Scrambles events.