Round six of the 2011 AMA Supercross series headed east for the first time this year, landing in Houston, Texas, under the bright lights of Reliant Stadium. Heading into the night show, last week’s winner James Stewart was on fire once again, setting the fastest lap time during the day’s timed qualifying sessions and motoring on to a very impressive heat race win.
Unfortunately for James, his two-race win streak would come to an abrupt end just moments after the drop of the main-event gate, when a first-turn pileup relegated him to the back of the pack, effectively ending his charge forward. James walked away from Houston healthy and with a few valuable championship points, ready to top the podium next weekend in San Diego.
The Red Bull KTM squad had a great outing in Houston, with all three riders finishing inside the top ten. The night brought a series best for both Andrew Short (5th) and Mike Alessi (10th), while Ken Roczen made his Supercross class debut, scoring an impressive seventh place.
SUPERCROSS QUALIFYING HEATS
- Red Bull KTM’s Andrew Short jumped out to a top-five start to kick off Supercross heat #1 before battling his way to a strong second-place finish to qualify for the main.
- Team San Manuel Yamaha’s Kyle Regal grabbed his first-ever Supercross-class holeshot to begin heat #2.
- Barely missing the holeshot, James Stewart took over the lead from teammate Regal on lap one, and then checked out for another dominant heat win.
- Stewart threw down the fastest lap time of the night (47.854) in heat #2.
- Regal held tough, finishing the heat in a series-best fourth place to qualify for the main.
- With the West Coast Lites class on break in Houston, Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen jumped on a 350 SX-F and qualified for his first Supercross class main event with a strong sixth-place finish in heat #2.
- Mike Alessi put in another solid ride, qualifying out of heat #2 in the seventh spot.
SUPERCROSS MAIN EVENT
- After a great jump off the gate, Stewart was involved in a massive first-turn pileup that claimed several riders.
- Scurrying to find his bike under others, JS7 quickly remounted and would round lap number one in 15th place.
- Stewart put his head down and began a charge back toward the front of the pack, but unfortunately went down again after tangling with another rider on lap six.
- With a twisted front brake rotor and the worry of the front wheel locking up, Stewart could only scrape together a 15th-place finish when it was all said and done in Houston.
- The Red Bull KTMs of Short, Roczen and Alessi were on point in Houston, finishing strong in the fifth, seventh and tenth spots, respectively.
- Alessi’s tenth-place finish marked the first time he’s cracked the top-ten this season.
1. Trey Canard
2. Ryan Dungey
3. Ryan Villopoto
4. Davi Millsaps
5. Andrew Short
6. Chad Reed
7. Ken Roczen
8. Brett Metcalfe
9. Ivan Tedesco
10. Mike Alessi
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- James Stewart wins at A2
- Close-up: Andrew Short's KTM 350 SX-F