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NEW ORLEANS – Team San Manuel Yamaha’s James Stewart, of Haines City, Fla., won his eighth race of the 2009 Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, a FIM World Championship, season before 36,754 fans at the Superdome. Beast Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Austin Stroupe, of Lincolnton, N.C., won his second Eastern Regional AMA Supercross class headliner of the season and moved into second place in focuses standings

Stewart hopped out to an early lead with the holeshot as Reed was on his back wheel to begin the AMA Supercross class headliner. Subsequent to winning the past two races, Reed spent the 20-lap race pursuing Stewart, who put down 20 consummate laps. Reed agreed to second and Stewart moves inside eight purposes of Reed’s title focuses lead.

Yamaha’s Broc Hepler, of Kittanning, Pa., got his first platform of the season with a third-put wrap up.

“I got an extraordinary begin,” said Stewart. “I needed to win today around evening time – point clear. I needed to win. This is the thing that I required heading into the race one weekend from now in St. Louis.”

Stroupe soared off to an extraordinary begin in the Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites class headliner, grabbing the holeshot and riding to triumph. GEICO Powersports’ Tyler Wharton, of Pilot Point, Texas, trailed Stroupe through hand one over second place yet slammed a couple of turns later, giving the position to his colleague Daniel Blair, of Modesto, Calif.

Current Lites class focuses pioneer Christophe Pourcel, of Corona, Calif., began the headliner in twelfth place and moved into the fourth-put position on the last lap. On lap three previous AMA Supercross Lites class champion Brandon Jesseman, of New Brighton, Pa., influenced a pass on Blair to secure the number-two to position. From that point it was give and take as Jesseman would shut everything down piece and after that Stroupe would recapture the preferred standpoint. At last, Jesseman held his position and grabbed the main platform of his season.

Tyler Wharton’s sibling Blake worked his way through the pack and earned a vocation best third place wrap up. “This gives me the certainty to realize that I can keep running in advance with these folks,” said Wharton.

“It was a specialized track today around evening time, so I needed to ride brilliant,” said Stroupe. “It was critical to get the holeshot in light of the fact that I could get out front and ride my own race.”

AMA Supercross Class Results, New Orleans

1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha

2. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Suzuki

3. Broc Hepler, Kittanning, Pa., Yamaha

4. Kevin Windham, Centerville, Miss., Honda

5. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda

6. Mike Alessi, Apple Valley, Calif., Suzuki

7. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha

8. Justin Brayton, Murrieta, Calif., KTM

9. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki

10. Matt Boni, Geneva, Fla., Honda

AMA Supercross Class Season Standings

1. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Suzuki, 246

2. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha, 238

3. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda, 179

4. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 165

5. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha, 152

6. Ivan Tedesco, Tallahasse, Fla., Honda, 148

7. Kevin Windham, Centerville, Miss., Honda, 146

8. Mike Alessi, Apple Valley, Calif., Suzuki, 146

9. Davi Millsaps, Tallahassee, Fla., Honda, 139

10. Josh Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Yamaha, 102

Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites Class Results, New Orleans

1. Austin Stroupe, Lincolnton, N.C., Kawasaki

2. Brandon Jesseman, New Brighton, Pa., Kawasaki

3. Blake Wharton, Pilot Point, Texas, Honda

4. Christophe Pourcel, Corona, Calif., Kawasaki

5. Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, KTM

6. Darryn Durham, Wildomar, Calif., Yamaha

7. Daniel Blair, Modesto, Calif., Honda

8. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha

9. Matt Goerke, Lake Helen, Fla., Suzuki

10. Steven Clarke, Cairo, Ga., Suzuki

Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites Class Season Standings

1. Christophe Pourcel, Corona, Calif., Kawasaki, 115

2. Austin Stroupe, Lincolnton, N.C., Kawasaki, 84

3. Nico Izzi, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 82

4. Branden Jesseman, New Brighton, Pa., Kawasaki, 73

5. Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, KTM, 68

6. Blake Wharton, Pilot Point, Texas, Honda, 66

7. Martin Davalos, Cairo, Ga., KTM, 57

8. Matt Lemoine, Collinsville, Texas, Yamaha, 51

9. Steven Clarke, Cairo, Ga., Suzuki, 51

10. Matt Goerke, Lake Helen, Fla., Suzuki, 50

The AMA Supercross Lites class race will air on SPEED Sunday, March 15 at 5:00 p.m. EST and the AMA Supercross class will air on SPEED Sunday, March 15 at 6:00 p.m. EST.

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