Photo: James Stewart Courtesy: Feld Motorsports
In front of 33,845 fans at Sam Boyd Stadium and live on FOX Sports 2, James “Bubba” Stewart rode away with the overall win at the Monster Energy Cup.
“This is such a special win,” Stewart said. “We never gave up as a team. I am speechless right now, I am so happy. We have had some rough patches but this race will help carry momentum into the Supercross season and I plan on being on this podium again here in May with the Supercross title.”
Each heat featured high intensity racing including two major mental errors made by the top riders in the world missing the required joker lane. In Heat 1 Ryan Dungey never went through the lane and crossed the line first only to be be assessed a 5 position penalty taking his 1st place win to 6th. In Heat 2 other Ryan Villapoto pushed the joker lane to the last lap like he did in Heat 1 and it led to his race ending crash that left him not moving for 5 minutes.
In the end the mental errors allowed for several riders to have a chance at winning the overall title with 2-6 place all being separated by 1 point.
“All in all it was good,” Dungey said. “After the mistake in Heat 1, I thought I was done. To be up here in second place is amazing. It definitely helps us with momentum into the Supercross season. I know where I need to be stronger for the season, this race is a good indicator as to where we are.”
Monster Energy Cup Class Overall Results:
- James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki (8-1-1)
- Ryan Dungey, Bell Plaine, Minn., KTM (6-3-2)
- Ken Roczen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM (4-4-4)
- Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda (5-6-3)
- Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM (2-9-8)
- Cole Seely, Murrieta, Calif., Honda (13-7-5)
- Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki (10-8-9)
- Justin Barcia, Pinetta, Fla., Honda (7-2-18)
- Dean Wilson, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Kawasaki (20-5-6)
- Josh Grant, Corona, Calif., Yamaha (15-10-7)