James Stewart Finishes Second and Davi Milsaps Seventh in Main Event – Pirelli News Release
Rome, Georgia, February 5, 2012 – A record crowd was on hand for the second time at Angel Stadium this season for round five of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship series. On the heels of his first main event win last week in Oakland, James “Bubba” Stewart started the night in spectacular form with a hole-shot in his heat race and stretched out a commanding lead through lap 3 when he suffered a hard crash as he skipped through the whoop section forcing him to race in the last chance qualifier (LCQ) which he later won convincingly. Teammate Davi Milsaps also experienced trouble in his heat race falling in a corner while leading but was able to remount and finish in a qualifying position for the main event.
The main event start was complicated for both riders as their positions were less than ideal, however, both were able to get through the first corner and start charging toward the front. Stewart was running third mid-way through the main event when he caught and passed Chad Reed setting his eyes on race leader Ryan Villapoto who had checked out while the field battled one another. Villapoto opened up too large of a margin and a banged up Stewart came home second while Milsaps finished seventh, marking the second main event podium for Pirelli with Stewart in 2012.
Stewart elected to run a Pirelli Scorpion MXMH Prototype front and a rear Pirelli Scorpion MX eXTra while Milsaps chose to run Pirelli Scorpion MXMH front and Pirelli Scorpion MXMS rear. “We’re quite pleased with the results we are getting and how things are progressing”, stated Josh Whitmire Pirelli’s off road racing manager. “The feedback has been great and I look forward to getting some more testing done this week before San Diego.”
With twelve rounds remaining in this year’s Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship series, Stewart is currently fourth in series points with Millsaps trailing in ninth.
Round six of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship will be held Feb. 11 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif. The event will air live on SPEED at 10:30 p.m. (EST).
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