Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart picked up his first overall victory of the 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season at this past Saturday’s High Point National in Mt. Morris, PA. Joining Stewart on the overall High Point podium at the end of the day were Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen in second and Honda Muscle Milk’s Trey Canard in third.
Stewart came into round four of the series after picking up his first moto win at the previous round in Colorado, and then went on to take both moto wins to get the overall victory at High Point. This marks Stewart’s first High Point overall win in six years.
Although Stewart got great starts in both 450-class motos, he did not get the holeshot in either race. Those honors went to veteran Chad Reed on the Discount Tire/TwoTwo Motorsports Kawasaki. Despite the good start, however, Reed couldn’t hold the lead and wound up finishing eighth overall for the day. As Reed faded, Stewart accelerated and tried to pull a gap on the field. He was successful, picking up both moto wins and ultimately the overall victory.
“In the first moto,” said Stewart. “I got a good start on the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 and was able to pull a good lead. I think at one point, I was out by like 13 seconds and I just kind of cruised in to the finish. It was awesome to get a win on a track where I’ve struggled a bit. The second moto was basically a carbon copy of the first.
“I was able to go one-one today,” continued Stewart. “It’s definitely special to have started out how we did at Glen Helen, with a solid sixth place and over a minute behind, and then to finally win a moto last weekend and then to go one-one this week – it was great. I’m looking forward to having a week off, and then coming back for the Tennessee National.”
Meanwhile, Red Bull KTM’s Roczen, who won the last two events overall, was scrambling behind Stewart and trying to make up as much time as possible. Roczen had to overcome two mediocre starts to capture second- and third-place moto results for second place overall. Likewise, Canard finished fourth in the first moto and second in moto two to bring home third overall.
In the championship points standings, Roczen still leads the title chase with Red Bull KTM teammate Ryan Dungey in second and Stewart close behind in third.Tags: Chad Reed, Glen Helen, Honda Muscle Milk, James Stewart, Ken Roczen, Motorsports, Red Bull KTM, Ryan Dungey, Trey Canard, Yoshimura Suzuki
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