Supercross: James Stewart on podium at 2011 Indianapolis Supercross

SUPERCROSS: James Stewart returned to the AMA SX podium last weekend after his recent misfortune in Daytona and took second place at the tenth round of seventeen held at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis packed with more than 60,000 spectators.

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He was able to overtake rival Chad Reed for second place but then faced an insurmountable distance to Ryan Villopoto who would go on to win by six seconds. The Floridian now faces a home meeting next Saturday.

“It’s really frustrating because I know I can win but I’m just not winning right now,” he said. “Something always happens. It’ll make a big difference next weekend to sleep in my own bed before the race, so hopefully I can put it all back together in Jacksonville. I just feel like I let my whole team down tonight. I was ‘off’ all night long.”

JGR Yamaha’s Justin Brayton was 5th by the finish line with Nick Wey the third YZ450F rider in the top ten with 8th. Brayton’s team-mate, Davi Millsaps, collected 11th.

A YZ250F made it to the top of the podium for the first time this season as the fourth race of the East Coast Lites division belonged to Ryan Sipes who posted his maiden victory at Indianapolis. The DNA Star Racing Yamaha rider was obviously at home on the testing layout as he headed the practice sessions and then won his Heat sprint. A tussle with Blake Baggett and then Justin Barcia after the former crashed at mid-distance ensured that the American’s success was hard-fought and well deserved.

“I always wondered what it would feel like to win,” he said. “I thought I knew what it would be like, but I’ve got to say, it’s a lot better than that! I’m so happy. I knew I was fast tonight and I just tried to race forward and not think about who was behind me and it worked! I’m pumped!” Sipes is third in the Lites table and 12 points behind Barcia.

Stewart is second in the SX standings, trailing Villopoto by 26 points. Brayton is 7th and Millsaps 8th. Round eleven will be hosted by the Jacksonville Municipal Stadium next Saturday.

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