April 4, 2005
Stewart wins his first 250 main; Langston wins the 125 with Walker third
IRVING, TX. (April 2nd, 2005) - All eyes were on James Stewart, the winningest 125 rider of all time, as he stepped up to the premier class looking to get a 250 win under his belt. Now, in just his third start, that victory belongs to the 19-year-old phenom from Haines City, Fla. On a night that is sure to begin one of the greatest 250 careers ever, Stewart won his first 250 main event in the THQ Supercross Series before a crowd of 43,276 fans at Texas Stadium near Dallas.
After sending notice to his competition with a strong third place finish two weeks ago in Orlando, Fla., Stewart completely dominated the 250 field at Texas Stadium. He posted the fastest lap time in practice, won his 250 qualifying heat, captured the $1,500 Butterfinger Crisp holeshot award and went unchallenged on his Kawasaki KX250 for all 20 laps to win the 250 main event by nearly a five-second margin over Ricky Carmichael and Chad Reed.
"It took me three races to win my first 250 race," said Stewart. "I am so happy; I just want to tell my parents and Kawasaki thanks for everything. I have one under my belt and now I know how it feels."
In the 125 action, Team Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Matt Walker took the holeshot in the second heat race and rode his Kawasaki KX250F consistent and strong to win the six-lap qualifier. His teammate Grant Langston was second.
In the 125 main event, Langston was the one to watch as he quickly passed Steve Boniface for the lead before the end of the second lap, with Davi Millsaps in third. The affable South African piloted his Kawasaki KX250F to a formidable lead over the field while Millsaps moved into second and Matt Walker charged his way up into third. Langston took the win, followed 2.5 seconds later by Millsaps, then Walker. Langston now leads the 125 point standings over Josh Hansen by seven points going into the final Eastern Regional event next week in Pontiac Michigan.
"I definitely wanted to come here and win," said Langston. "The championship was pretty close and it's great to win and gather points to get closer to the title."
The THQ AMA Supercross Series moves on to the Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich., on Saturday, April 9th for the 13th round of the 16-event series.
Source: Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.