2010 Monster Energy® Supercross Championship Opens at Anaheim’s Angel Stadium

2010-01-04 16:07
Stewart Set to Defend Title Against World’s Top Monster Energy® Supercross Riders

Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, begins its 2010 season Saturday, January 9 at Anaheim’s Angel Stadium. Defending AMA Supercross class champion James Stewart, of Haines City, Fla., will stage his title defense against the world’s top supercross racers, including Chad Reed, Ryan Villopoto, Josh Grant and Ryan Dungey.

The 2010 Monster Energy Supercross Championship Kicks off at Angel Stadium

A pre-race press conference will be held inside Angel Stadium at the Diamond Club on Thursday, January 7 from Noon - 2 p.m. PT, featuring Stewart, former two-time AMA Supercross class champion Reed, reigning Anaheim 1 race winner Grant, former AMA Supercross Lites class champion Villopoto and reigning AMA Supercross Lites class champion Dungey. Fans that have purchased a season pass for Supercross LIVE®! can tune into the press conference for free at www.SupercrossOnline.com beginning at Noon.

Last year at the Anaheim opener, JGRMX/Toyota/Yamaha rookie Josh Grant, of Riverside, Calif., won the first AMA Supercross class race of his career before 42,309 fans. San Manuel Yamaha’s Stewart picked up the AMA Supercross class holeshot as Grant and Rockstar/Makita Suzuki’s Reed followed in third. Reed, the defending Monster Energy® Supercross champion, quickly moved into second place and began his chase on Stewart.

Josh Grant won the Anaheim 1 Season Opener Last Year

On lap two, Reed passed Stewart, the 2007 AMA Supercross class champion. Stewart answered back on lap six as he regained the lead, but just a few turns later Reed and Stewart collided, causing each of them to crash. Upon reentering the race, Stewart was hit by GEICO Powersports Honda’s Kevin Windham. Stewart was unable to restart his bike and return to the race, while Reed reentered the race in third place.

Grant took over the lead and rode to a flawless win. Honda Red Bull Racing’s Andrew Short finished second and Reed held on for third. This dramatic start to the season set the stage for one of the greatest seasons in Monster Energy® Supercross history.

James Stewart Will Defend his 2009 AMA Supercross Class Title Starting Jan. 9

“I don’t know what to say right now,” said Grant. “To get my first win out of the way is huge, and I am so pumped. I saw those guys (Stewart and Reed) on the ground and just raced hard to the win.”

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer, of Rupert, Idaho, won the opening race of the Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites class championship.

GEICO Powersports Honda’s Dan Reardon, of Menifee, Calif., opened the Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites class main event with the holeshot, leading Weimer and KTM’s Justin Brayton, of Murrieta, Calif., through turn one.

Defending class champion Jason Lawrence was involved in a massive pile-up that collected several riders, including defending Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites class champion Trey Canard, of Shawnee, Okla.

Ryan Villopoto Scored Two Wins in the AMA Supercross Class Last Year as a Rookie

Weimer moved around Reardon on lap two and began to extend his lead. While riding in second and third place, respectively, Reardon and Brayton crashed into one another, losing several valuable positions. This allowed Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Ryan Morais, of Murrieta, Calif., to move into second.

Rockstar/Makita Suzuki’s Dungey, of Belle Plaine, Minn., started the night’s race in 10th place and finished third. Morais finished second and Weimer scored the second AMA Supercross Lites class win of his career to take the early points lead.

“This was a great start to the season,” said Weimer. “It couldn’t be any better than tonight. I look forward to a great season.”

Reigning AMA Supercross Lites Class Champion Ryan Dungey Heads to the Premier Class

The first AMA Supercross race was held at Anaheim on December 4, 1976, with Marty Smith winning on a Honda. Ricky Carmichael and Jeremy McGrath share the all-time AMA Supercross class win record at Angel Stadium with eight wins each. In the Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites class, three riders have swept all three races at Angel Stadium: Villopoto, Ivan Tedesco and Ernesto Fonseca. Stewart, Windham and McGrath are the only riders in history to win in the AMA Supercross Lites class and AMA Supercross class at Anaheim.

Tickets are available at www.SupercrossOnline.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or 714-740-2000, the Angel Stadium box office, Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com, and participating Yamaha dealerships. Club Level tickets are $75; Diamond Club seats and Trackside Seats are $50; Extreme seats and Upper Deck seats are $35. All seats are $5 more on the day of the race. Practice and qualifying begin at 12:30 p.m. and racing begins at 7:00 p.m. Just recycle any empty Monster Energy can at the Pit Entrance for your free admission to the Pit Party with a valid Saturday event ticket from 12:30PM – 6:00PM. Pit Passes will also be available for purchase for $10 on the event day at the Angel Stadium box office.

2009 Anaheim 1 Results

AMA Supercross Class Results, Anaheim 1

1. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha
2. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda
3. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Suzuki
4. Tim Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki
5. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki
6. Ivan Tedesco, Tallahassee, Fla., Honda
7. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Honda
8. Ben Coisy, Murrieta, Calif., Honda
9. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Yamaha
10. Paul Carpenter, Ithaca, N.Y. Kawasaki

Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites Class Results, Anaheim 1

1. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki
2. Ryan Morais, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki
3. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki
4. Chris Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Honda
5. Jason Lawrence, Carlsbad, Calif., Yamaha
6. Ryan Sipes, Vine Grove, Ken., KTM
7. Justin Brayton, Murrieta, Calif., KTM
8. Jeff Alessi, Victorville, Calif., Honda
9. Ben Evans, Boise, Idaho, Honda
10. Chris Gosselaar, Spring Valley Lake, Calif., Kawasaki

Past Winners in Anaheim

AMA Supercross Class

February 7, 2009: James Stewart

January 17, 2009: James Stewart

January 3, 2009: Josh Grant

January 5, 2008: Chad Reed

January 19, 2008: Chad Reed

February 2, 2008: Chad Reed

January 6, 2007: James Stewart

January 20, 2007: James Stewart

February 3, 2007: James Stewart

January 07, 2006: James Stewart

January 21, 2006: Ricky Carmichael

February 04, 2006: Ricky Carmichael

January 8, 2005 Kevin Windham

January 22, 2005 Ricky Carmichael

February 5, 2005 Ricky Carmichael

January 3, 2004 Chad Reed

January 17, 2004 Chad Reed

January 31, 2004 Kevin Windham

January 04, 2003: Chad Reed

January 18, 2003: Ricky Carmichael

February 01, 2003: Ricky Carmichael

January 05, 2002: David Vuillemin

January 19, 2002: Mike LaRocco

February 02, 2002: Ricky Carmichael

January 06, 2001: Jeremy McGrath

January 20, 2001: Jeremy McGrath

February 03, 2001: Ricky Carmichael

January 8, 2000: Jeremy McGrath

January 15, 2000: Jeremy McGrath

January 09, 1999: Ezra Lusk

February 06, 1999: Ezra Lusk

January 27, 1996: Jeremy McGrath

January 28, 1995: Jeremy McGrath

January 29, 1994: Jeremy McGrath

January 23, 1993: Jeremy McGrath

January 25, 1992: Damon Bradshaw

January 26, 1991: Jeff Stanton

January 27, 1990: Damon Bradshaw

January 28, 1989: Rick Johnson

January 31, 1987: Jeff Ward

January 18, 1986: David Bailey

February 02, 1985: Broc Glover

January 28, 1984: Johnny O’Mara

January 29, 1983: David Bailey

January 30, 1982: Donnie Hansen

January 31, 1981: Kent Howerton

November 17, 1979: Kent Howerton

November 11, 1978: Gaylon Mosier

November 12, 1977: Bob Hannah

December 04, 1976: Marty Smith

AMA Supercross Lites Class

February 7, 2009: Jake Weimer

January 17, 2009: Ryan Dungey

January 3, 2009: Jake Weimer

January 5, 2008: Ryan Dungey

January 19, 2008: Ryan Dungey

February 2, 2008: Jason Lawrence

January 6, 2007: Ryan Villopoto

January 20, 2007: Ryan Villopoto

February 3, 2007: Ryan Villopoto

January 07, 2006: Andrew Short

January 21, 2006: Grant Langston

February 04, 2006: Grant Langston

January 8, 2005 Nathan Ramsey

January 22, 2005 Ivan Tedesco

February 5, 2005 Ivan Tedesco

January 3, 2004 Ivan Tedesco

January 17, 2004 Ivan Tedesco

January 31, 2004 Ivan Tedesco

January 04, 2003: Travis Preston

January 18, 2003: James Stewart Jr.

February 01, 2003: James Stewart Jr.

January 05, 2002: Travis Preston

January 19, 2002: David Pingree

February 02, 2002: Brock Sellards

January 06, 2001: Ernesto Fonseca

January 20, 2001: Ernesto Fonseca

February 03, 2001: Ernesto Fonseca

January 8, 2000: David Pingree

January 15, 2000: Tallon Vohland

January 09, 1999: Casey Johnson

February 06, 1999: Nathan Ramsey

January 27, 1996: Kevin Windham

January 28, 1995: Damon Huffman

January 29, 1994: Damon Huffman

January 09, 1993: Damon Huffman

January 25, 1992: Jeremy McGrath

January 26, 1991: Jeremy McGrath

January 27, 1990: Michael Craig

January 28, 1989: Jeff Matiasevich

January 31, 1987: Jeff Matiasevich

January 18, 1986: Tyson Vohland

February 02, 1985: Mike Healy

A season-long subscription to the official webcast of Monster Energy Supercross, Supercross LIVE®, is available for $39.99: http://www.supercrossonline.com/supercrosslive. Supercross LIVE® is the only weekly live Monster Energy Supercross race call, and features long time voices of supercross, Jason Weigandt and Jim Holley. The Supercross LIVE® season-long subscription includes the Anaheim 1 opening round press conference on Thursday, January 7th at 3:00 EST/Noon PST. Fans that have purchased a season pass for Supercross LIVE®! can tune into the press conference at www.SupercrossOnline.com beginning at 3:00 EST/Noon PST.

For more information on the Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, please log on to www.SupercrossOnline.com. For all media requests, please contact Denny Hartwig dhartwig@feldinc.com or 630-566-6305.

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