Disappointing Seventh For James In Toronto

With blazing fast lap times and a dominant heat race win, Round 12 of the AMA Supercross Series in Toronto, Canada, looked to be in the bag for James Stewart. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t James’s night in Canada. Keep reading to find out what happened at the one and only “international” Supercross round of the year…

Practice went great for James, as he and rival Ryan Villopoto battled tooth-and-nail for the fastest qualifying practice lap time. The Toronto racecourse was, as always, a very technical track with soft, shifting dirt conditions that continually broke down throughout the night. When it was time for the heat race, Stewart snuck under the pack inside turn one, grabbed the holeshot, and never looked back. A relatively easy heat race win followed, with James leading the pack for all eight laps of the race before taking the checkers.

Now it was main event time, and with the relative ease in which he won his heat race, things were looking great for JS7 in the main. Stewart got out of the gate with a decent start, and rounded the end of lap one in fifth place. From there, James just never seemed to find his rhythm, and was unable to make a move on Chad Reed, the rider ahead of him in fourth. Just when it looked like James would settle in and have to accept the fifth place finish, a small bobble on lap 16 let two riders sneak by, relegating JS to seventh, where he would finish the main.

“I’m just really disappointed in tonight,” James said after the race. “I can’t blame the bike or anyone else, things just weren’t clicking out there for me. No excuses.”

The series takes its first race break next weekend, which will allow James to refocus and hopefully come back swinging at Round 13 in Houston, Texas.