James Wins Big in Seattle
With just three races left in the 2011 AMA Supercross series, round number 15 in Seattle was viewed by many as the pivotal, must-win race for the four riders still in the championship hunt, and none other than JS7 himself was the man who stepped up to the challenge.
After a perfect, rain-free day inside the Seattle Seahawks’ beautiful QWEST Field, James convincingly captured his second-straight win to pull within nine points of the championship lead.
SUPERCROSS QUALIFYING HEATS
• James pulled a second-place start behind Red Bull teammate Mike Alessi to get Supercross Heat #1 underway.
• Wanting no part of the runner-up position, however, James quickly grabbed the lead before the end of lap one.
• JS7 made it look easy up front, taking the heat win by over 15 seconds ahead of Red Bull KTM’s Andrew Short, while setting the day’s fastest lap time (50.784) along the way.
• The overall elapsed time of James’ heat race was 17 seconds quicker than Kevin Windham’s Heat #2 win, serving notice that he came to play in Seattle.
SUPERCROSS MAIN EVENT
• With the QWEST Field fans on their feet, the premiere-class main event got underway with a tight battle for the holeshot, but it was James who prevailed as the pack rounded turn one.
• Chad Reed got by to take over the lead midway through lap one, but James quickly retaliated and grabbed it back.
• Steadily extending his lead over Reed who still sat in second, JS7 began navigating his way through lapped riders by lap number six, but did so with seemingly relative ease.
• By the halfway mark, James had established a comfortable nine-second lead, and continued reeling off smooth lap after smooth lap on what was no doubt one of the most challenging tracks of the series thus far.
• In desperate need of a win to stay in the championship hunt, JS7 rode a near flawless race to take his second-straight—and fifth total—win of the series.
• With two rounds left to go (Salt Lake City and Las Vegas), James now sits just nine points behind current championship points leader Ryan Villopoto.
1. James Stewart
2. Kevin Windham
3. Chad Reed
4. Ryan Villopoto
5. Ryan Dungey
6. Mike Alessi
7. Kyle Regal
8. Davi Millsaps
9. Tommy Hahn
10. Andrew Short