James Bubba Stewart takes fourth at the 2011 Atlanta Supercross

Yamaha Racing Press Release

San Manuel Yamaha’s James Stewart finished 4th at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta after an exciting and frantic eighth round of seventeen in the AMA Supercross series (also an FIM World Championship).

2011 atlanta supercross, supercross racing, james bubba stewart, yamaha, yamaha racing, yamaha supercross, 2011 atlanta supercross racingThe Floridian engaged in a fight for the win with Chad Reed throughout the twenty lap main event watched by over 69,000 spectators and a thrilling finale was denied on the final circulation when the two collided and crashed trying for the same line and both Ryan Villopoto and Ryan Dungey were able to capitalise.

Stewart and Reed were clearly the fastest competitors around a tight course inside the Atlanta venue for the first meeting away from the west coast of the country.

Both were vying for track space with small mistakes limiting their capacity to make a break away.

Stewart moved past the Australian with one lap remaining but Reed hounded the back of the YZ450F and attempted an aggressive block pass several corners before the chequered flag, despite entering the turn several bike-lengths behind. In the ensuing chaos both were able to remount and Reed found a way to gain the last step on the podium.

Disappointed, Stewart – who has finished off the podium only twice in 2011 – could only mention on his Twitter account that he ‘never saw it coming’ and also added ‘now I am just looking forward to Daytona. The bike and team were great. I’ll be back for another day of racing.’

JGR Yamaha’s Justin Brayton crossed the line in 7th position while team-mate Davi Millsaps was 11th. Stewart now stares at a 10 point deficit to standings leader Villopoto while Reed is 11 adrift of the Yamaha man in third spot. Round nine will take place next weekend at the Daytona International Speedway.

Race 1 – 20 Laps
Position. Rider Menu. Nation. Total Time
1 Ryan Villopoto Kawasaki USA 15’50.894
2 Ryan Dungey Suzuki USA 0’03.339
3 Chad Reed Honda AUS 0’03.997
4 James Stewart Yamaha USA 0’04.102
5 Trey Canard Honda USA 0’19.076
6 Andrew Short KTM USA 0’19.547
7 Justin Brayton Yamaha USA 0’24.637
8 Kevin Windham Honda USA 0’30.590
9 Ivan Tedesco Kawasaki USA 0’31.720
10 Brett Metcalfe Suzuki AUS 0’36.072
11 David D Millsaps Yamaha USA 0’40.851
12 Nicholas Wey Yamaha USA 0’47.956
13 Kyle Regal Yamaha USA 0’50.539
14 Chris Blose Kawasaki USA -1 Laps
15 Tye Simmonds KTM USA -1 Laps
19 Antonio Balbi Yamaha BRA -2 Laps

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