Stewart, Tomac Beat The Heat At Freestone MX

Shan Moore | May 26, 2012

Wortham, TX, May 26 – James Stewart and Eli Tomac endured difficult conditions to claim overall wins in their respective classes at round two of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at Freestone Raceway.

The Texas round is normally a hot one, and this year’s edition was no exception as the temperatures hovered in the mid-nineties throughout the day, although it was not quite as hot as year’s past. Adding to the problem was the high humidity, which made it a battle of endurance for a lot of riders; however, Stewart and Tomac proved they were up to the task as each rider posted 1-1 moto scores.

Stewart looked comfortable on his new bike but he still had to work for both of his moto wins as Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey kept the pressure on the Yoshimura Suzuki rider all day. Stewart took the lead early in each race, but could never quite shake Dungey, and at one point in the second moto Dungey pulled close enough to make a pass but could never pull the trigger.

Dungey ended the day with a 2-2 tally for second overall, while MotoConcepts Suzuki’s Mike Alessi capitalized on good starts and a steady pace to take second with a 5-3 performance.

Monster Energy Kawaski’s Jake Weimer overcame a first turn crash in moto two to go 3-6 for fourth overall, beating out Jeff Ward Racing’s Josh Grant, who went 6-4 for fifth overall.

L&Mc Racing’s Andrew Short finished sixth with a 10-5 total, while Muscle Milk Honda’s Tommy Hahn was seventh after going 13-10.

In the 250 Motocross class, Tomac was absolutely unstoppable. The GEICO Powersports Honda rider worked his way to the front in each moto and pulled away to comfortable wins, looking extremely comfortable on the fast and rough course.

Blake Baggett got off to mediocre starts in both motos and came from way back to claim the runner-up spot via 2-2 moto finishes, however he had to pass a hard-charging Blake Wharton in the second moto to do so.

Wharton went on to finshed fourth overall with a 6-3 score, while Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen was third overall with a 3-4.

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.