Stewart gets his triple in Anaheim

first_imgBut Yamaha’s Reed made it a difficult record to achieve in the 20-lap main event. They battled briefly for the lead on lap 5, and the win brought a chorus of boos from the sold-out crowd of 45,050. “We had some battles,” said Reed, who has raced the first five events with a broken shoulder. “It is fun to get out and race with James.” “I’m just keeping my head down,” Stewart said. He leads the series by 18 points over Reed. McGrath knows a little bit about how Stewart feels about Angel Stadium sweeps. He was the last to sweep at Anaheim; when it was only two races, in 2000. The next year, when it went to three Anaheim events, he won the first two races before losing in the finale to Carmichael. Reed won the first two races in 2004 before losing to Kevin Windham. Three times, Carmichael won the final two races after losing in the season opener at Angel Stadium. Stewart seemed so confident that he would do the sweep, he threw his helmet into the left-field corner bleachers during rider introductions. But he had a horrible start, yet sneaked by everybody out of the first turn for the holeshot and lead. Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto also got the three-peat by winning all the Anaheim Lites races. He is not the first, though, to do it in the class. Ivan Tedesco, who now competes on the bigger bikes, did it in 2004. Ernesto Fonseca also did it in 2001. The Kawasaki rider from Poulsbo, Wash. got the holeshot on the race’s second start and made it as easy as the first two races. He pulled away for a 16.009-second victory in the 15-lap race. “A three-way sweep at Anaheim is really good,” he said. “The first start was not very good. It was in my favor to restart. I could regroup and I pulled the holeshot.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2272 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ANAHEIM James Stewart has done exactly what Jeremy McGrath, Chad Reed and Ricky Carmichael could not do. The 21-year-old Kawasaki rider from Haines City, Fla. became the first supercross rider to sweep all three Angel Stadium races. Saturday, he scored his fourth Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross series victory in five races this year. center_img Stewart got the holeshot and had a six-second lead when he slipped in the corner exiting the triples. Reed, from Murietta, suddenly was on his tail. On the next lap, Reed passed him on the doubles, but Stewart got on Reed’s side on the whoops Stewart’s fastest part of the course – and seemed to cut him off in the corner. Reed’s front tire hit Stewart’s rear tire. Reed had to stop to keep from falling, Stewart got the jump he needed and he never really was threatened the rest of the way. “That’s just racing,” Stewart said. “It was good. No hard feelings.” Stewart used lapped traffic to open a gap, but Reed again closed it on the doubles on the final lap. The margin of victory was 1.584 seconds. last_img read more