Stewart in Control at Hangtown

Jean Turner | June 1, 2008

Monster Kawasaki’s James Stewart pulled off another huge win in the second MX moto of the AMA Motocross Championhip at Hangtown. Although Red Bull Honda’s Davi Millsaps was able to pressure Stewart for the first lap of the moto, Stewart ultimately ran away with another moto win, and the overall victory with a 1-1 score.

The two diced for the first lap much to the crowd’s delight, but once Stewart was in control and checking out, Millsaps began to fade. His Honda teammate, Ivan Tedesco had a breakthrough performance, running second for much of the moto, and ultimately finishing third in the moto and for the day, marking his return to the podium after struggling with injuries and bad luck for years.

Stewart’s teammate Timmy Ferry was the one who relieved Tedesco of the runner-up spot. Ferry didn’t get off to a great start, but managed to burn through the pack and challenge Tedesco for second. Alessi was pulling up to both Ferry and Tedesco, and in the last laps, looked like he might also get around Tedesco for the number three spot, but “Hot Sauce” held on for third and called it a great relief to finally return to the podium.

Millsaps collected fifth behind Alessi, giving him fourth for the day with a 3-5 score. Honda privateer Steve Boniface turned in a pair of sixes for fifth overall ahead of Red Bull Honda’s Ben Townley (8-7). Alessi finished seventh with a 16-4 score followed by Michael Byrne (9-10), Josh Hill (11-9) and Andrew Short (14-8).

Jean Turner | Contributor

A former staffer at Cycle News, Turner continues to contribute to the website and magazine as a columnist and someone we can count on to whip up a few thousand words on an off-road race when needed.