Kawasaki’s James ‘Bubba’ Stewart remains unbeaten in the AMA Supercross championship after winning the second round at Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday night.
For the second week running, Suzuki’s Ricky Carmichael was runner-up but this time the pair were much more closey-match with Stewart taking the victory by less than a second after 20 laps of intense racing saw them lap all but four riders in the race.
The first attempt to run the race was red-flagged after a heavy crash by David Vuillemin, but on the restart Carmichael shadowed Tim Ferry into the opening corner ahead of Stewart and then took the lead before the next turn.
Carmichael dominated for seven laps until Stewart cut through, the pair having opened up a 10 second gap on third-placed Chad Reed. They began lapping riders from there onwards, eventually putting more than 30 seconds between them and Reed at the flag.
Results: 1 James Stewart, Kawasaki); 2 Ricky Carmichael, Suzuki); 3 Chad Reed, Yamaha; 4 Travis Preston, Honda; 5 Tim Ferry, Kawasaki; 6 Michael Byrne, Suzuki; 7 Ivan Tedesco, Suzuki; 8 Kevin Windham, Honda; 9 Nick Wey, Honda; 10 Heath Voss, Honda.
AMA Supercross Points (after 2 rounds): 1 Stewart 50, 2 Carmichael 44, 3 Reed 40, 4 Preston 36, 5 Ferry 32, 6 Byrne 26, 7 Wey 26, 8 Windham 25, 9 Voss 24, 10 Tedesco 21.