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Stewart takes Atlanta win

24/02/13 - 11:37

In the largest attended Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, race in 2013, 68,987 fans watched Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart win his first 450SX Class race of the season at Goergia Dome. GIECO Honda’s Wil Hahn led wire to wire in tonight’s Eastern Regional 250SX Class Main Event en route to the first victory of his career.

Opening the 450SX Class Main Event with the Nuclear Cowboyz®Holeshot Award, Stewart – for the first time this season – led all 20 laps on the way to the win. Villopoto started the race in second place and chased down Stewart for the duration of the race, but came up 1.468 seconds short and finished second. Rockstar Energy Racing’s Davi Millsaps, who started the race mid pack, moved into third place on Lap 2, and finished third.

Stewart has now gone nine seasons with a win, tying Jeremy McGrath and Chad Reed in this exclusive category. Villopoto moved into second place in season standings, and Millsaps has a 22-point lead in the championship.

“I mean, what can I say, we won tonight,” said Stewart. “It [means] a lot; this whole season has been going crazy and to get a victory and to get a start, it was almost a perfect day. I was fastest in practice, fastest in the Heat Race, I got the holeshot in the Main Event and led every lap. I’m not going to lie, I was a little nervous because I haven’t been out there in a while.”

Hahn led the field of Eastern Regional 250SX Class riders across the Nuclear Cowboyz Holeshot line in turn one as Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson and Rockstar Energy Racing’s Blake Wharton tucked in behind him for second and third, respectively. Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin made a pass for second place on Wharton on Lap 2.

Hahn opened the season with a third-place finish last weekend and with tonight’s win, he moved into second place overall. Wilson, who finished second tonight, still has the championship points lead. Wharton finished third and is third overall.

“I put in a lot of hard work, and it paid off here tonight,” said Hahn. “I stayed positive out there and rode a smart race. It’s an amazing feeling to get my first win here at the Georgia Dome in front of so many fans. This has been a long time coming.”

Former 250SX Class Champion Tim Ferry’s son Evan won tonight’s KTM Junior Supercross Challenge.

Monster Energy Supercross resumes next weekend at St. Louis’ Edward Jones Dome.

450SX Class Results: Atlanta
James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki
Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki
Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki
Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda
Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda
Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM
Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda
Chad Reed, Australia, Honda
Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki
Mike Alessi, Hilliard, Fla., Suzuki

450SX Class Points
Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 174
Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 152
Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 148
Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda, 135
Chad Reed, Australia, Honda, 127
Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda, 116
Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM, 102 James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki, 100
Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda, 91
Matt Goerke, Lake Helen, Fla., KTM, 79

Eastern Regional 250SX Class Results: Atlanta Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Honda
Dean Wilson, Scotland, Kawasaki
Marvin Musquin, France, KTM
Blake Wharton, Pilot Point, Texas, Suzuki
Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha
Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Kawasaki
Gavin Faith, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Honda
Kyle Peters, Greensboro, N.C., Honda
Vince Friese, Cape Girardeau, Mo., Honda
Zach Bell, Cairo, Ga., Honda

Eastern Regional 250SX Class Points
Dean Wilson, Scotland, Kawasaki, 47
Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Honda, 45
Blake Wharton, Pilot Point, Texas, Suzuki, 40
Marvin Musquin, France, KTM, 35
Kyle Peters, Greensboro, N.C., Honda, 31
Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Kawasaki, 31
Gavin Faith, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Honda, 28
Vince Friese, Cape Girardeau, Mo., Honda, 24
James Decotis, Peabody, Mass., Honda, 20
Lance Vincent, Youngsville, La., KTM, 20

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