Last year James “Bubba” Stewart’s Supercross season came to an end in Phoenix. Meanwhile, Ryan Dungey’s incredible run to the top as a rookie was just getting started.
The 2011 Monster Energy Supercross series is already shaping up to be a much different story. The field of healthy stars is stacked with former champions. Throw in a handful of hungry young guns hoping to break out and you have the makings of a great battle ahead.
On Saturday night, Stewart proved his road to recovery is complete by taking Round Two in Phoenix. It’s his second straight podium finish on the young season.
Saturday’s win combined with his third place result in Anaheim moves Stewart right into second place in the rankings, directly behind current tour leader Ryan Villlopoto who finished with a strong second place tonight.
Villopoto’s first and second place finishes give him a very slim lead over Stewart. On Saturday Villopoto was hanging on Stewart’s much-talked-about back wheel for a good portion of the final until he had a minor mishap coming out of a tabletop, going down briefly.
Stewart pulled away after that, finishing 5.1 seconds in front of Villopoto, who was never really threatened en route to finishing in the runner up position.
Some of the best battles were between Trey Canard, Chad Reed, Kevin Windham and Ryan Dungey. Canard finished in third, a lengthy 6.7 seconds behind Villopoto. After working his way past Kevin Windham midway through the 20-lap final he seemed determined to podium. Windham fell out after a small collision a few laps later.
Chad Reed and Ryan Dungey were battling for the number four spot for much of the race, yet were stuck a good distance behind Canard right up until the end. Reed managed to keep Dungey behind him at the finish, and they finished 4th and 5th respectively.
In the Lites Class, Josh Hanson made it two in a row, finishing with the win in front of Broc Tickle.
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RESULTS OF AMA SUPERCROSS in Phoenix, AZ,