The 2012 AMA Supercross Championship race is getting tighter with a fourth race winner in as many rounds following James Stewart‘s victory in Oakland, Calif.
The JGRMX Yamaha racer captured his first win of the 2012 season at Oakland’s O.co Coliseum. Stewart out-dueled longtime rival Chad Reed of TwoTwo Motorsports Honda for the win. Stewart later dedicated the win to his training mechanic Mark “Tex” Adams who passed away Jan. 26, reportedly getting run over while helping another stranded motorist.
“I would like to dedicate this win to my mechanic, Mark ‘Tex’ Adams, who passed away this week,” says Stewart. “I got in a rhythm out there tonight and put together a great race. I had a tough couple of races this year, and tonight I got it done.”
The race began with Reed taking the holeshot followed by Supercross.com Honda’s Andrew Short and Monster Energy Kawasaki‘s Josh Hansen. Stewart was next in fourth place at the end of the first lap.
Stewart overtook Hansen at the start of the second lap and up into second on the following lap. He then followed Reed for several laps until making a pass on lap 10. Meanwhile, defending Champion Ryan Villopoto followed Stewart toward the front and challenged Reed for second.
In the end, it was Stewart taking the win, followed 2.355 seconds later by Reed. Villopoto finished 6.310 seconds behind Stewart to take the final podium position. KTM‘s Ryan Dungey, who led the championship going into Oakland finished fourth to earn some valuable points.
After four rounds Reed and Dungey are tied at the top of the standings with 85 points each. Villopoto is close behind at 83 points. With the win, Stewart gained ground on the leaders to sit fourth at 73 points.
[Source: AMA Supercross, Yamaha]