Round number five of the 2011 AMA Supercross series rolled through Anaheim, California on Saturday night, and with the stadium, riders and fans alike decked out in pink to support breast cancer awareness, Red Bull’s own James Stewart threw down the most convincing performance of the year, dominating A2 from start to finish.
Good starts proved to be key on the technical, tough-to-pass-on Anaheim circuit, so JS7 left little to chance by grabbing two holeshots on the way to leading every single lap of both his heat race and the main event. Looking calm, cool and collected in his one-off, pink Answer Racing gear, Stewart made it look easy as he collected his second straight win and extended his championship points lead to five.
In the ultra-competitive Lites class, Red Bull KTM phenom Ken Roczen (194, pictured above) battled for the lead during the entire 15-lap main event, eventually landing his first-ever Supercross podium.
SUPERCROSS QUALIFYING HEATS
- James Stewart grabbed the holeshot to take the early lead in Supercross Heat #1, and never looked back.
- On his way to a seemingly easy heat race win, Stewart turned lap times that were one to two full seconds faster than the quickest laps of the day’s timed qualifying sessions.
- Andrew Short powered his way to a top-five start aboard his Red Bull KTM to kick off Heat #2, and after a fierce battle with Chad Reed for fourth, eventually settled into fifth to safely qualify for the main.
- San Manuel/Yamaha/Red Bull’s Kyle Regal rebounded from a shaky heat race to take a convincing win in the Supercross LCQ.
- The overall race time of Stewart’s Heat #1 win was over five seconds faster than Ryan Dungey’s Heat #2 victory.
SUPERCROSS MAIN EVENT
- JS7 once again ripped a massive holeshot to take an early lead.
- Looking smooth and confident out front, Stewart immediately began opening up a comfortable gap, thanks in part to a gnarly quad-quad section that only he was doing.
- Never to be challenged, Stewart led wire-to-wire for his second-straight win of the series.
- With the win came 25 valuable points, pushing JS7 out to a five-point lead in the championship standings.
- Short put in a gritty performance to land in a series-best sixth overall.
- After a great start, Red Bull KTM’s Mike Alessi fought tooth and nail inside the top ten and eventually finished in twelfth place—his best result of the season.
1. James Stewart
2. Ryan Villopoto
3. Chad Reed
4. Justin Brayton
5. Trey Canard
6. Andrew Short
7. Ivan Tedesco
8. Kevin Windham
9. Brett Metcalfe
10. Davi Millsaps
SUPERCROSS LITES QUALIFYING HEATS
- Red Bull-backed TLD/Honda’s Cole Seely got out to a slow start to kick off Lites Heat #1, but charged his way up to third to easily qualify for the main event.
- Ken Roczen rocketed out to a top-five start in Heat #2 before battling his way to a fourth-place finish.
- Though unable to crack his way into the top-three during the short six-lap heat race, Roczen set the fastest lap time of both Lites heats.
- TLD/Honda’s Travis Baker reportedly broke his hand in a crash during the timed qualifying sessions and was unable to line up for his heat. Here’s to a speedy recovery, TB!
SUPERCROSS LITES MAIN EVENT
- Roczen got a great jump out of the gate and railed through turn number one in the third spot.
- After moving into second on lap number two, Roczen immediately set his sights on the leader and began applying pressuring.
- In what was no doubt the most competitive Lites main event of the series thus far, Roczen battled up front for the entire 15-lap race, eventually settling in for third at the wave of the checkers.
- Roczen’s third-place effort marks his first-ever Supercross podium.
- Seely mounted a charge toward the front after a mediocre start, but unfortunately a crash on lap number 10 dropped him back to an 11th-place finish.
SUPERCROSS LITES RESULTS
1. Josh Hansen
2. Eli Tomac
3. Ken Roczen
4. Broc Tickle
5. Kyle Cunningham
6. Martin Davalos
7. Ryan Morais
8. Bruce Rutherford
9. Ryan Marmont
10. Jimmy Decotis
Stay tuned as the series heads to Houston next weekend where it will host round number one of the East Coast Supecross Lites class.
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