James Stewart

Mt. Morris, PA (June 14, 2014) – James Stewart climbed back into the championship picture with a dominating 1-1 performance at round four of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship at High Point Raceway this weekend in Mt. Morris, Pennsylvania. The Yoshimura Suzuki rider took control of both races early on and pulled away to relatively easy wins on both occasions, taking his first overall victory of the season with an impressive 1-1 moto tally.

While Stewart cruised out front, perhaps the best action of the day was the battle for second, which in both motos was a race between Team Muscle Milk Honda’s Trey Canard and the Red Bull KTM duo of Ken Roczen and Ryan Dungey, although Chad Reed hung in there for a few laps in the first moto after grabbing the holeshot. 

Canard ran in second for most of moto one, but a crash late in the race relegated the Oklahoman to fourth place at the end of the race, with Roczen finishing second to Stewart after making a late pass on Dungey.

Reed finished fifth on his Discount Tire/TwoTwo Motorsports Kawasaki, less than a second ahead of Josh Grant, who was sixth on his JGRMX/Toyota/N-Fab Yamaha.

Moto two was almost an identical replay of moto one, with Reed once again grabbing the holeshot, barely edging out Stewart at the line for the lead heading into lap one. Stewart took over the lead before the end of the lap, however, with Reed shuffling back to fifth behind Canard in second, and Dungey and Roczen in third and fourth, respectively.

Dungey and Roczen took turns pressing Canard for second; however, the Honda rider never buckled and in the end held on to take the runner-up spot behind Stewart after 17 laps of racing.

Dungey ran third for much of the race, but slid out in a slippery turn on lap 12 and handed third to his teammate Roczen.

At the finish, it was Stewart coasting across the line for the win, with Canard in second, Roczen in third and Dungey in fourth. Meanwhile, RCH Suzuki’s Weston Peick turned in a nice ride to finish fifth.

With his overall win, Stewart walked away with 50 championship points and now sits third overall with 161 points.

Roczen ended the day with second overall and maintains the lead in the series standings with 183 points. Meanwhile, Dungey sits second in points with 167. Canard is fourth overall with 150.

 

Results

1. James Stewart (Suz) 1-1

2. Ken Roczen (KTM) 2-3

3. Trey Canard (Hon) 4-2

4. Ryan Dungey (KTM) 3-4

5. Josh Grant (Yam) 6-6

6. Weston Peick (Suz) 10-5

7. Andrew Short (KTM) 7-8

8. Chad Reed (Kaw) 5-10

9. Brett Metcalfe (Kaw) 9-7

10. Phillip Nicoletti (Yam) 8-12

 

 

 

 

 

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Moore covers all facets of off-road racing for Cycle News – from AMA Supercross and Motocross to GNCC and National Hare Scrambles events.

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