Stewart Lights Up A1 Qualifying

Kit Palmer | January 7, 2012
James Stewarts ready for the 2012 AMA Supercross season.  Photography By: Kit Palmer

 Photography By: Kit Palmer

ANAHEIM, CA, JAN. 7 – James Stewart and Ryan Sipes got the 2012 Monster Energy Supercross Series started by establishing themselves as the riders to beat in tonight’s program at a sold-out Angel Stadium in Anaheim. Stewart posted the quickest time in the 450 class and Sipes in the West Lites division.

Stewart, on the Toyota/JGRMX Yamaha, saved his best for last by clicking off a one minute and 00.369-second lap time in the second and final timed qualifying session, and that was over a second quicker than the next-best time set by defending champ Ryan Villopoto, on the Monster Energy Kawasaki.

Third quickest with a 1:02.120 was KTM’s Ryan Dungey, and he was followed by Muscle Milk Honda’s Justin Brayton, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Brock Tickle, GEICO Powersport Honda’s Kevin Windham and Bel-Ray TwoTwo Motorsport Honda’s Chad Reed.

Sipes, on the Rockstar/Valli/Star Racing Yamaha, reeled off a 1:02.218, which was almost a half-second quicker than the next-best time put in by Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil Honda’s Cole Seely.

GP regular Zach Osborne, here visiting for the first few Supercross rounds, was third quickest with a 1:02.614. GEICO Powersport Honda’s Eli Tomac was fourth quickest, followed by Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson and KTM’s Marvin Musquin.

Kit Palmer | Off-Road Editor

Kit Palmer started his career at Cycle News in 1984 and he’s been testing dirt and streetbikes every since – plus covering any event that uses some form of a knobby tire. He’s also our resident motorcycle mileage man with a commute of 120 miles a day.