NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 9, 2009) – Not even rain and cold temperatures could stop the charge of Bridgestone riders in Monster Energy AMA Supercross competition Saturday night at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif. Bridgestone-shod motorcycles took first and second places in both Supercross and Supercross Lites, with James Stewart notching his fifth consecutive win in the top category.Stewart (Team San Manuel / JSE Yamaha), the 2007 AMA Supercross and 2008 AMA Motocross champion, stormed to the lead from the starting gate and led all 20 laps despite the treacherous, muddy conditions. Since finishing 19th at the season opener last month, Stewart has been unbeatable.”The start was key tonight,” Stewart said, “and Bridgestone really came through with the perfect tires. I gated well with the rear tire and the front tire got me around the first turn safe and into the lead.”Chad Reed (Rockstar / Makita Suzuki) thrilled the chilled crowd of 43,812 by battling back from mid-pack at the start to wind up second and give Bridgestone a 1-2 finish. Reed also managed to maintain the season points lead by three over Stewart (130-127), with Bridgestone’s Josh Grant (JGRMX / Toyota Yamaha) in third.In Supercross Lites Western Regional competition, Jake Weimer (Monster Energy / Pro Circuit Kawasaki) rode to his second straight win and third of the season. Weimer’s teammate, Ryan Morais, came home second.Once again, Weimer was elated with the performance of his Bridgestone tires. “We went with the M203/M204 soft terrain combo for the track conditions tonight and I couldn’t be happier,” said Weimer, who also took over the Western Regional points lead. “The tires were great in the mud sections and crossed over really well to the dryer hard base whoops and jumps.”Doug Schopinsky, who oversees Bridgestone tire development for the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, said the rainy conditions created plenty of extra work for the Bridgestone crew, but it was worth the effort. “With the weather and revised schedule, we really had our work cut out for us at this event,” Schopinsky said. “The guys at the truck really had their A-game on and we fitted all our riders with the options for what conditions came our way. Rain is always a challenge for tire selection, especially in Supercross. Bridgestone’s wide range of soil applications and terrain crossover with the patterns gave our riders the performance tonight to once again dominate the podium.”About Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations:
Nashville, Tenn.-based Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (BATO) is a business unit of Bridgestone Americas, Inc., whose parent company, Bridgestone Corporation, is the world’s largest tire and rubber company. Reporting into the BATO business unit are the company’s Latin American tire operations, the U.S. and Canadian consumer tire businesses and the U.S. and Canadian commercial tire businesses. BATO develops, manufactures and markets Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires. The business unit is focused on retail, wholesale and original equipment markets, supplying passenger, light truck, commercial vehicle, off road, motorcycle, agricultural and other tires to its customers in the Americas. In addition, through its Bridgestone Bandag Tire Solutions unit, retreading customers have access to industry-leading research and development, manufacturing, marketing and sales expertise, providing them with a total tire solution.