Kawasaki's James Stewart won the penultimate round of the 2006 AMA Supercross championship at Qwest Field in Seattle on Sunday, April 30.
The race was shortened from 20 laps down to 15 due to wet weather, with the heat races dropping from eight laps to just six. Despite the shorted race, Ricky Carmichael still had time to fight back to third after he got a rough start and then stalled in the whoops section.
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Stewart won the race from Yamaha's Chad Reed which sets the scene for a title decider at the final round of both the AMA and World championships in Las Vegas next weekend. In AMA, Carmichael and Reed are tied on 316 points, with Stewart third on 311. In the World series, Stewart leads on 355, with Carmichael second on 343, and Reed third on 334.
In the Lites class Mike Alessi led for two laps until he crashed, recovering to finish fifth. The race was won by grant Langston from Ryan Villopoto and Jason Lawrence. Alessi leads the championship from Andrew Short and Villopoto.
Seattle Supercross main result:
1. James Stewart (Kawasaki)
2. Chad Reed (Yamaha).
3. Ricky Carmichael (Suzuki).
4. Travis Preston (Honda).
5. Nick Wey (Honda).
6. Michael Byrne (Kawasaki).
7. Ivan Tedesco (Suzuki).
8. Kevin Windham (Honda).
9. Broc Sellards (Honda).
10. Heath Voss (Yamaha).
AMA Supercross series: 1. Carmichael 316. 2. Reed 316. 3. Stewart 311. 4. Tedesco 241. 5. Wey 234. 6. Byrne (Kawasaki). 7. Tedesco (Suzuki). 8. Windham (Honda). 9. Sellards (Honda). 10. Voss (Yamaha).
World Supercross: 1. Stewart 155. 2. Carmichael 343. 3. Reed 334. 4. Tedesco 276. 5. Wey 268. 6. Byrne 259. 7. Thomas 181. 8. Gibson 178. 9. Clark 176. 10. Evans 125.