Stewart Tops Rainy Daytona Qualifying

Shan Moore | March 10, 2012

Daytona Beach, Florida, (March 10, 2012) – Heavy rains moved in over central Florida just in time to throw a damper on practice for tonight’s running of the Daytona Supercross. With mud puddles collecting in between whoops and along side the track, the sandy infield course became extremely rutted and treacherous.

James Stewart Daytona qualifying.

James Stewart carves a turn before the rains hit.

In the 450 class, JGRMX/Toyota/Yamaha’s James Stewart busted out a lap in the rain that was a full two-and-a-half seconds faster than GEICO Powersports Honda’s Kevin Windham. Meanwhile, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto was a safe third just under a tenth of a second behind Windham. With the rain, the AMA changed the practice schedule to just one timed session.

The completion of the Daytona race change dramatically with the recent news of Ryan Dungey’s collarbone surgery. With Dungey missing one or more rounds, and Chad Reed out for the rest of the season, this leaves Stewart as the closest rival, and he sits 53 points behind Villopoto. That’s two races! Sure, anything can happen, and we’ve seen it before, but for sure, Villopoto’s game plan may have drastically change with Dungey’s misfortune.

JGRMX/Toyota/Yamaha’s Davi Millsaps was fourth fastest, followed by KTM’s Marvin Musquin, Muscle Milk Honda’s Justin Brayton, and Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Broc Tickle.

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.