Stewart Tops Rugged Southwick MX

Shan Moore | August 24, 2008

SOUTHWICK, Mass. James Stewart remained perfect on the year, earning his 11th overall victory and his 22nd moto win of the season at round 11 of the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship at Moto-X 338 in Southwick, Massachusetts, today.

On what most of the riders considered the roughest track of the year, the Monster Energy Kawasaki rider moved quickly to the front in both motos, extending his lead to nearly a minute in the first moto and over 20 seconds in the second moto.

Red Bull Honda rider Andrew Short rode to an impressive second in the opening moto, ahead of GP star Marc De Reuvers, who was riding Davi Millsaps’ Honda, however, both Short and De Reuver suffered crashes early in moto two. De Reuver ultimately retired, while Short made an impressive run from last to ninth to secure fourth overall.

Second overall went to Suzuki rider Coddy Cooper, who turned a 7-2 finish into his second podium of the year.

Meanwhile, Stewart’s teammate Timmy Ferry went 4-4 for third.

“It definitely wasn’t smooth,” said Stewart. “I’ve won a moto here before, but that was it. I’ve gotten this far (with the perfect season) so I want to win (next weekend). But it hasn’t really hit me yet.”

In AMA Motocross Lites, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto ended a two-race drought to take the overall victory, the 20th of his career. Just a week after winning his third consecutive AMA Motocross Lites title, Villopoto posted wins in each of the day’s motos.

“The track was rough,” said Villopoto. “Being sand, you could just about anywhere you want, but obviously there is going to be one fast line. The last two races I’ve made mistakes here and there. Coming in here, I wanted to win (the overall) because I’ve never done that.”

Rockstar/Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey finished second overall (3-2), while Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Brett Metcalfe went 2-3 for third overall.

Motocross (Overall)

1. James Stewart (Kaw)

2. Cody Cooper (Suz)

3. Tim Ferry (Kaw)

4. Andrew Short (Hon)

5. Sean Hamblin (Yam)

6. John Dowd (Suz)

7. Jeff Alessi (Hon)

8. Michael Byrne (Suz)

9. Josh Hill (Yam)

10. Marc De Reuver (Hon)

Motocross Lites (Overall)

1. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)

2. Ryan Dungey (Suz)

3. Brett Metcalfe (Kaw)

4. Kyle Chisholm (Kaw)

5. Jake Weimer (Hon)

6. Dan Reardon (Hon)

7. Nico Izzi (Suz)

8. Matt Lemoine (Yam)

9. Ryan Sipes (KTM)

10. Blake Wharton (Hon)

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.