JGRMX Yamaha’s James Stewart entertained more than 59,000 fans at the Edward Jones Dome in St Louis last Saturday as the former champion charged back from a first lap crash to classify fifth in what was the ninth round of seventeen in the AMA SX/FIM World Championship series.
After winning his heat race across a grippy and challenging layout Stewart had high hopes of taking a fifth podium result of the season (and perhaps a second victory after his win in Oakland) but his expectations were dashed with a poor getaway from the line and a slip on the first lap that left him eighteenth from the twenty riders.
At the front of the pack Stewart’s team-mate Davi Millsaps grabbed the holeshot and circulated on the fringes of the top three, eventually being passed by the number ‘7’ and Kevin Windham in the closing stages. Stewart made it all the way up to fifth and collected 16 points.
“Something happened off the gate and I got a really bad start and I fell on the first lap so I was even further back but I was riding really well and got back through the pack up until Davi,” said the Floridian who is third in the standings and 53 points behind reigning champion and winner in Missouri Ryan Villopoto. “I got held up a little bit and kinda ran out of time. We’d been struggling all day but finally seemed to find the right setting. So, another bad start but I’m stoked with how it went after that. You bring your own luck on yourself. The further back I start back the more things that can possibly go wrong. That’s what happening at the moment. We go to Daytona now and it should be good. The track will be a bit longer and you gotta be in shape to ride that one.”
Kyle Cunningham was eighth on the YZ250F in the East Coast Lites series. The AMA Supercross campaign continues onto the Daytona Motor Speedway for round ten next Saturday.