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LAS VEGAS (May 2, 2009) – A sold out, standing-room just jam of 39,506 pressed into Sam Boyd Stadium for the 2009 Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, a FIM World Championship, season finale in Las Vegas. While everyone’s eyes were on the warmed competition between San Manuel Yamaha’s James Stewart, of Haines City, Fla., and Rockstar/Makita Suzuki’s Chad Reed, of Tampa, Fla., tenderfoot Ryan Villopoto, of Poulsbo, Wash., stole the show with his second triumph in the last three races. In the yearly, ability filled Dave Coombs Sr. East/West Supercross Lites Shootout, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Christophe Pourcel, of Corona, Calif., took the win and earned a Toyota Tundra for his endeavors.

In the notable title battle, Stewart brought home a strong third place result to prevail upon the title by four focuses Reed, who completed second.

As the 20-lap AMA Supercross headliner jump started out of the doors, Rockstar/Makita Suzuki’s Mike Alessi, of Victorville, Calif., hustled to the holeshot with Stewart and Villopoto pursuing nearly. Reed experienced a harsh begin, and left the primary hand over seventh. By the culmination of lap one, Stewart had moved into the lead, however Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Villopoto remained nearby and conveyed the group to its feet when he relaxed champ on lap two and never thought back.

“It’s been amazing (the most recent three weeks),” said Villopoto. “To return and win at Seattle was wonderful, particularly since it was the place where I grew up. It’s been close running in Vegas and it feels great to at last get a win here. I’ve never done that. I’ve been buckling down. I couldn’t have done it without the entire Monster Energy Kawasaki group. ”

Behind him, Reed crept in on his adversary, setting the phase for a noteworthy minute between the unpleasant opponents. While Reed required his very own triumph for a shot at the title, he influenced the best of his chance with a substantial contact to pass on Stewart on lap 15 to move into second and bring home his twelfth sprinter up complete of 2009. Stewart, who just required a third place complete to secure his second-profession title, upheld off the pace and sunk into third.

“You have no clue how extreme this needs to return from what occurred at Anaheim 1,” said Stewart. “This is the hardest I have ever needed to battle to win a title. It’s has been a hard-battled title for everybody. I simply need to thank everybody that has been engaged with all that we’ve achieved this season.”

“I gave it all that I had,” clarified Reed. “I can leave knowing I did that. We had an incredible season forward and backward and were genuine predictable and that kept us in (the title battle). I need to return considerably harder and get it back one year from now. James had an awesome season and rode extremely well and I can’t remove that from him.”

In the AMA Supercross Lites headliner, GEICO Powersports Honda’s Blake Wharton, of Pilot Point, Texas, conquered his East and West partners to snatch the holeshot with colleague Trey Canard and Troy Lee Designs Honda’s Jake Moss, of Temecula, Calif., close by. Individual Eastern and Western Regional Champions Pourcel and Rockstar/Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey, of Belle Plaine, Minn., followed in fourth and ninth, separately. Canard moved into the lead on before the finish of lap one and immediately gapped the field while Pourcel moved into second. On lap12, Canard submitted a mistake and tumbled from first to third, giving the prompt Pourcel and an end Dungey. For the staying three laps, Dungey, who was searching for his third-straight shootout triumph, pursued down the French rider, however came up an a large portion of a bicycle length short over the line.

“I just rode as well as could be expected the whole headliner. I remained nearby to Trey (Canard) and after that he committed a little error. Starting there I just rode as quick as possible. It feels awesome to get this triumph.”

In the battle for the United States Smokeless Tobacco Company (USSTC) Top Privateer Challenger, Rockstar/Hart and Huntington Honda’s Matt Boni, of Geneva, Fla., defeated a troublesome headliner to fight off his challengers and bring home the $25,000 grant.

The AMA Supercross Lites class will air on CBS Sports Sunday, May 3 at Noon (EST), and the Western Regional AMA Supercross class will air on Sunday, May 3 at 4:00 p.m. (EST).

AMA Supercross Class Results, Las Vegas

Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash. Kawasaki

Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Suzuki

James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha

Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda

Ivan Tedesco, Tallahassee, Fla., Honda

Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., Suzuki

Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha

Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda

Nathan Ramsey, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha

Davi Millsaps, Tallahassee, Fla., Honda

AMA Supercross Class Season Standings

James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha, 377

Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Suzuki, 373

Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda, 270

Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha, 237

Kevin Windham, Centerville, Miss., Honda, 236

Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 233

Ivan Tedesco, Tallahassee, Fla., Honda, 226

Davi Millsaps, Tallahassee, Fla., Honda, 219

Mike Alessi, Apple Valley, Calif., Suzuki, 218

Josh Hill, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha, 146

Dave Coombs Sr. East West Shootout Results, Las Vegas

Christophe Pourcel, Corona, Calif., Kawasaki

Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki

Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda

Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki

Austin Stroupe, Lincolnton, N.C., Kawasaki

Ryan Morais, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki

Justin Brayton, Murrieta, Calif., KTM

Jake Moss, Temecula, Calif., Honda

Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, KTM

Brock Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha

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