Stewart Splashes To Daytona SX Win

Shan Moore | March 10, 2012
James Stweart rainy Daytona 2012

Daytona Beach, Florida, (March 10, 2012) – James Stewart got back on track with a dominating win at a super muddy and rutted-out Daytona Supercross, round 10 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, held in the infield of Daytona International Speedway.

After struggling to turn in a clean race the last few rounds, Stewart looked confident and loose in doing just that tonight. Starts have been one of Stewart’s main problems this year, however he and JGRMX/Toyota/Yamaha Davi Millsaps where side-by-side and at the front heading into the first turn of the shortened 16-lap final. Millsaps came away with the holeshot, however, Stewart eventually passed his teammate and pulled away to a massive lead before finally taking the checkers some seven seconds ahead. It was the second race win of the year for Stewart and the first podium since 2010 for Millsaps.

“It’s good to finally get a win for the team,” said Stewart. “I got a good start and that was the difference.”

Series points leader Villopoto, on the other hand, suffered a poor start and then went down in the second turn and was last heading into the second half of the lap. Like he has done on several occasions before, the Monster Energy Kawasaki rider was able work his way through traffic to finish an eventual fifth behind Marvin Musquin, who rode a Red Bull KTM 350 to fourth.

Sixth went to Mike Alessi, who also came from way back on his MotoConcepts Suzuki, while Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer was seventh after crashing three times.

With the win, Stewart cut Villopoto’s lead from 53 points to 44 with the finish, as Villopoto holds the lead with 221, compared to 192 for the injured Ryan Dungey and 177 for Stewart.

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.