Dirt Bike News - Stewart Lays Down Back-to-Back Wins in Canada - Dirt Rider Magazine

In his first-ever Amp'd Mobile World Supercross GP Kawasaki's James Stewart, of Haines City, Fla., rode away from Canada with two consecutive wins and leads the 2005-'06 World Supercross GP championship by six points over defending World Supercross GP champ Ricky Carmichael. More than 100,000 listeners tuned in to the Supercross LIVE! Webcast on www.supercross.cc.com, the official site of Amp'd Mobile Supercross and the only live race call, for Toronto and Vancouver.In Vancouver, Stewart managed to pass holeshot winner Kyle Lewis on the opening lap and procure a comfortable lead while Carmichael, who won the Vancouver race last season, dug his way out of a mid-pack start."The first turn was kind of tricky," said Carmichael afterward. "A ninety-degree turn with a jump, and everybody got all balled up. It's crazy back there—not a place I want to be."Stewart has made a statement by winning the first two races and is the man to beat."James (Stewart) has started the season off with two impressive wins," said Denny Stephenson, color commentator for SPEED's broadcast of Amp'd Mobile Supercross. "He now has all of the pressure on him going into Anaheim on January 7. The next few weeks are important to all of the guys who raced in Canada. They need to use what they have learned from these races and more forward. It's a 17-race season.""We got through these races smart and safe," said Stewart. "I had a great pace and wanted to keep an eye on Ricky. I am learning and we have three weeks until we get to Anaheim. I came here and wanted to win. It was good for me, and I know that my program is working. I know my Dad will be all over me back home to get ready for the rest of the season. I probably watched the tape from Toronto 150 times."Carmichael, who has 14 AMA National championships, has not thrown in the towel yet. He will head back to his home in Florida and continue his regimented training program."I had a simple game plan going into the race and I stuck to it," said Carmichael. "I did what I wanted to do but didn't start where I wanted to start. No excuses, though, I got beat. But I was happy with the way I rode and I put in some good laps. I just tried to learn more about the bike and get ready for Anaheim."Amp'd Mobile World Supercross GP Season StandingsJames Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki, 50
Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., Suzuki, 44
Chad Reed, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha, 40
Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 36
Michael Byrne, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki, 31
Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Honda, 29
Jason Thomas, Melrose, Fla., Honda, 28
Jeff Gibson, Westerville, Ohio, Honda, 23
Justin Buckelew, Riverside, Calif., Honda, 21
Ryan Clark, Phoenix, Suzuki, 18For more information about the Amp'd Mobile World Supercross GP/Amp'd Mobile AMA Supercross Series, please log on to www.supercross.cc.com. For media requests, please contact Denny Hartwig at 630-566-6305/e-mail at dennyhartwig@clearchannel.com or Tony Gardea at 949-365-5750/e-mail tony@nextlevelsportsinc.com.About Amp'd Mobile World Supercross GP™/Amp'd Mobile AMA Supercross SeriesAmp'd Mobile World Supercross GP is a 17-round global series that is produced and promoted by Clear Channel Entertainment and Dorna Off Road S.L. The Amp'd Mobile AMA Supercross Series is a 16-round national series within the United States that is produced and promoted by Clear Channel Entertainment, with the exception of the event held in Daytona Beach, Fl. that is independently produced by the International Speedway Corporation and also is not a part of the Amp'd Mobile World Supercross GP. Riders must compete in the international rounds to be eligible to win the World Supercross GP championship. In 2005-2006, the 17-event Amp'd Mobile World Supercross GP will be comprised of two international events and 15 of the 16 events that are conducted in major cities throughout the United States as a part of the Amp'd Mobile AMA Supercross Series. The winner of the Amp'd Mobile AMA Supercross Series will be crowned as the national champion for that series.Clear Channel Entertainment, a leading producer and marketer of live entertainment events is a subsidiary of Clear Channel Communications (NYSE:CCU), a global leader in the out-of-home advertising industry. Clear Channel Entertainment currently owns, operates and/or exclusively books approximately 130 live entertainment venues, including nearly 100 in North America and more than 30 in Europe. In 2003, 69 million people attended approximately 32,000 events promoted and/or produced by the company, including live music events; Broadway, West End and touring theatrical shows; family entertainment shows; museum exhibitions, and specialized sports and motor sports events. In addition, the company's independently operated athlete representation business, SFX, provides management, marketing and financial consulting services to many of the world's top professional athletes. Clear Channel Entertainment operates throughout North America, Europe, and Australia. More information may be found by visiting www.cc.com and www.clearchannel.com.About AMA Pro RacingAMA Pro Racing is the leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the United States. Its properties include the Amp'd Mobile AMA Supercross Series, the AMA Motocross Championship presented by FMF, the AMA Superbike Championship presented by Parts Unlimited, the AMA Ford Quality Checked Flat Track Championship and the AMA Supermoto Championship. For more information about AMA Pro Racing, visit www.amaproracing.com.