No home glory for James Stewart at the 2011 Jacksonville Supercross

Supercross: After winning his heat race by almost thirteen seconds San Manel Yamaha’s James Stewart was unable to toast a home victory at the Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on Saturday night.

supercross, 2011 supercross, 2011 jacksonville supercross, jacksonville supercross, supercross racing, supercross action, supercross resultsAn incident through the rhythm section after the first turn in the Main Event left the former champion unable to continue and nursing a sore back.

Round eleven of seventeen in the AMA Supercross series returned to Florida and although Stewart was in good form during the practice sessions across a new layout, a tight entry to the series of jumps after the opening curve saw the 25 year old fall in what was a scary accident.

Initially it was feared that former champion had dislocated his hip but a message sent from his team after a medical check indicated that he hopes to be in contention for next week’s event in Canada. “I was really hoping to pull this one out,” Stewart said. “It was my home state, I’m familiar with the tracks, all my fans were cheering me on and it’s just really disappointing. It’s all about Toronto and the rest of the season now.”

It was left to Austin Stroupe to record ninth position and be the highest ranked YZ450F rider. Davi Millsaps crashed twice and also failed to finish as JGR Yamaha team-mate Justin Brayton was unlucky to miss the Main after incident in the Heat and LCQ caused him to miss the cut.

Ryan Sipes made the East Coast Lites podium for the second week in succession after his first career victory at Indianapolis. The YZ250F rider is now second in the series. “It’s nice that I’ve been consistent this year,” he said “but since I tasted victory last weekend, getting third is a lot harder to be happy about, if I’m being honest with you!”

Stewart has slipped to fourth in the standings, 23 points behind the leader. Brayton and Millsaps remain eighth and ninth. Round twelve sees the AMA series leave North America for the first, and only, time as the Rogers Centre in Toronto represents the next stop on the calendar.

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