James Stewart wins second consecutive THQ AMA 250 Supercross event
HOUSTON (April 30, 2005) - Only four weeks after Team Kawasaki rider James "Bubba" Stewart won his first 250 main event in Dallas, the 19-year-old phenom put on a stellar performance to capture another 250 win before a crowd of 43,445 at Reliant Stadium in Houston.
Stewart's evening began with an intense battle with Chad Reed in the second qualifying heat. After several laps of incredible racing, Stewart unfortunately crashed and found himself racing in the semi in order to transfer into the main. Stewart quickly rebounded to win the semi with little resistance from the rest of the field. In the 250 main event, Stewart had a solid start on his Kawasaki KX250 and quickly passed Kyle Lewis to take the lead on the first lap. Once in front, he immediately gained ground on the rest of the field and rode 20 solid laps to win the event by nearly a four-second margin. In the five races that Stewart has competed in so far, this win was his second in a row, and third since returning to 250 competition.
"My mom was a great inspiration for me tonight," said Stewart. "I had a rough weekend and she just told me to go out there and have fun," Stewart continued. "My crew did a great job with my Kawasaki and I finished strong tonight, so now I'm pumped about Vegas."
In 125 action, Team Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Ivan Tedesco, who clinched his second consecutive THQ AMA 125 West championship two weeks ago in Seattle, crashed in the first turn. The 23-year-old New Mexico native quickly regrouped and charged from the back of the field to finish eighth in the 15-lap event. Tedesco's teammate Paul Carpenter scored his best finish of the season as he rode his Kawasaki KX250F into the top ten and stayed there through the remainder of the event finishing just ahead of Tedesco in seventh.
The THQ AMA Supercross Series moves on to Las Vegas for the final race of the season at Sam Boyd Stadium, Saturday May 7th.
Source: Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.