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Freestone MX Post-Race Update

After battling with Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey all afternoon under the warm Texas sun, James took home the overall win at the Freestone National today with impressive 1-1 moto scores. Remaining perfect thus far in the 2012 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series (4-4), James is clearly getting along well with his new Suzuki, and now holds a 14-point lead in the championship standings as the series heads to Colorado for round number three.

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JAMES REMAINS PERFECT WITH IMPRESSIVE FREESTONE WIN

Fresh off of his huge win last weekend at the 2012 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship series opener at Hangtown, James entered round number two with a huge monkey off of his back, not to mention the championship-leading red number plate backgrounds on his Yoshimura Suzuki. The win was his first since going a perfect 24-24 back in 2008, and no doubt lifted his spirits and confidence level as the series headed into Wortham, Texas’ Freestone National on Saturday afternoon.

After two great battles with Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey under the warm Texas sun, JS7 prevailed in both of Freestone’s motos, going 1-1 for first-place overall. Remaining perfect thus far in the outdoor series (4-4), James is clearly getting along well with his new Suzuki, and now holds a 14-point lead in the championship standings as the series heads to Colorado for round number three.

Read on for a play-by-play moto breakdown, and be sure to check back in next weekend for a full report from the Thunder Valley National!

450 MOTO 1
• When the gates dropped for the first moto of the day, James jumped out to a top-five start aboard his Red Bull-backed Yoshimura Suzuki.
• Before the end of lap one, JS7 had made quick work of the riders ahead, as he ripped around the Freestone circuit and claimed the top spot.
• Halfway through the 30-minute plus two-lap moto, James held onto a 1.5-second lead ahead of Ryan Dungey in second, as the two riders opened up a 10-second gap over third-place Nico Izzi.
• With two laps to go, Dungey continued stalking James as they weaved their way through lapped traffic, and it was clear that the battle would go down to the wire.
• Despite pressure from Dungey for the majority of the moto, James kept his composure and rode a near flawless race to take the first moto win by just over two seconds as he crossed the checkers.

“It was tough out there,” James said from the podium. “It was really slippery the first few laps, but I just worked on my lines and was able to stay out front. I feel good today, so I’m looking forward to next moto.”

450 MOTO 1 RESULTS
1. James Stewart
2. Ryan Dungey
3. Jake Weimer
4. Nico Izzi
5. Mike Alessi
6. Josh Grant
7. Brock Tickle
8. Ryan Sipes
9. Tommy Hahn
10. Andrew Short

450 MOTO 2
• The second and final 450 moto of the day got started just like the first, as JS7 battled his way into the early lead with Dungey close-in-tow.
• In a near carbon copy of moto one, James and Dungey pulled away from the rest of the field as they battled within a second of each other for the first 30 minutes of the race.
• On lap 13, Dungey began showing JS7 a wheel, and actually made a brief pass for the lead before crossing the finish line with two laps to go.
• James immediately retaliated, however, and with the enthusiastic Texas crowd cheering him on he began stretching out a two-second gap.
• At the checkers, JS7 took his fourth-straight moto win to capture the Freestone overall, stretching his points lead to 14 over Dungey in second.

“Man, that was a great battle,” James said after the race. “I could hear Ryan [Dungey] back there the entire time, but I just stayed focused, concentrated on my lines, and pulled it off. Of course it feels great to win, but seeing all of these fans out here cheering us on is what it’s all about.”

450 MOTO 2 RESULTS
1. James Stewart
2. Ryan Dungey
3. Mike Alessi
4. Josh Grant
5. Andrew Short
6. Jake Weimer
7. Tommy Hahn
8. Kyle Regal
9. Derek Anderson
10. Brett Metcalfe

450 OVERALL RESULTS
1. James Stewart (1-1)
2. Ryan Dungey (2-2)
3. Mike Alessi (5-3)
4. Jake Weimer (3-6)
5. Josh Grant (6-4)
6. Andrew Short (10-5)
7. Tommy Hahn (9-7)
8. Brett Metcalfe (13-10)
9. Nico Izzi (4-25)
10. Ryan Sipes (8-17)

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