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threat to reel-in Villopoto and Reed. That is, until a slight bob- ble, left him back in third place, fending off Justin Brayton and Jake Weimer. Surprise... Surprise... Stewart Crashes Inspite of his dominating heat race performance, James Stewart had to make up for a poor start in the main event and the pressure was on. With his new team sponsor, Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), Stew- art was poised to make the main event a thriller, with an- other come-from-behind ride. James was on the gas, and worked his way past Dungey, and up into third spot, just be- hind Reed and Villopoto. Suddenly, Stewart went down after a miscue. He in- stantly went from contender to defender. He did manage to keep himself upright the rest of the moto, but finished out the night, with a (for him) disap- pointing sixth place overall. Villopoto’s Night... As the final laps rolled off, Ryan Villopoto sensed he had this race in the bag. Even though Chad Reed managed to make up some ground on the leader, RV2 crested the Mon- ster Energy Supercross rocket launcher jump, to win the opening round main event. It was a successful first round defense of his Supercross title, but with 16 more races to go., its still anyones cham- pionship to win. Reed followed in second, with Ryan Dungey, showing how far KTM has come with the new SX-F, managing a very respectable third for the night. Justin Brayton exacted some revenge for losing his JGR ride to James Stewart by taking a hard fought fourth place for the night. That put him ahead of hind Stewart. Also looking good at Anaheim were Honda’s Kevin Windham in eighth, Suzuki mounted Mike Alessi, ninth, and Kawasaki’s Josh Hansen, rounding out the nights top ten. Cearly, the 2012 Monster Ener- gy Supercross series promises to be one of the most competi- tive ever! Round # 1 Anaheim, CA , Jan.7, 2012 1. Ryan Villopoto - Kaw 2. Chad Reed - Hon 3. Ryan Dungey - KTM 4. Justin Brayton - Hon 5. Jake Weimer - Kaw 6. James Stewart - Yam 7. Andrew Short - Hon 8. Kevin Windham - Hon 9. Mike Alessi - Suz 10. Josh Hansen - Kaw JGR’s James Stewart in sixth. Another racer who had good rides in the main, and heats, was Andrew Short, who took seventh for the night, just be- SUPERCROSS WRAP UP WEST COAST DIRT ILLustrated \\\\\\ Vol. 1 + Issue 1 + Page 28