Stewart Wins Oakland in a Fitting Tribute to Mark “Tex” Adams!

PRESS ATHENA, 29 GEN 2012
The Oakland Alameda Coliseum was host to round four of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship.


James Stewart Oakland - Transworld Motocross photo

James Stewart and Davi Millsaps both transferred easily into the main event with Stewart winning his fourth consecutive heat race. In the main event Stewart began the race in fourth, moving into third by the end of the first lap, with Millsaps going from ninth to sixth in the same span.  By the third lap Stewart was in second stalking the leader, with Millsaps sixth.  Just before the halfway mark on lap nine Stewart took the lead.  He would lead the remaining 11 laps to claim his first victory of the 2012 season, with Millsaps seventh.


Podium Oakland - Transworld Motocross photo


Ryan Dungey had a strong showing at Oakland in the early afternoon, earning second fastest lap time of the combined practice sessions. He topped his impressive practice time with his first heat win of the season in the opening SX class heat race to lead from holeshot to checkered flag for the top gate pick in the main event.
While he failed to get away cleanly in the main and rounded the first corner in 12th position he quickly began to pick off riders even though the lead pack was pulling away. By the halfway point he was top five and in lap 12 he slipped by Andrew Short into fourth. Dungey’s speed and stamina were impressive throughout the twenty lap main but the time he spent through the pack had allowed the top three to pull out of reach. He crossed the line in a strong fourth again underlining his consistency and continues to hold onto the coveted red plate as standings leader.


Ryan Dungey (Hoppenworld.com Photo) - Championship Leader


It was also a great night for Marvin Musquin who matched his best finish of the season with another second place. He was impressive during the qualifiers and heats but got a late jump at the gate of the main to be mid pack at the first corner. Eighth at the end of lap one, Marvin then claimed two more places by the half way mark before turning up the heat, moving into fifth and settling down in pursuit of the leaders. With three laps to go he advanced to second and carried it to the checkered flag for another great finish. Musquin now moves up three positions in the overall point standings and is now in fourth, just three points off of the third place position.


Marvin Musquin (Hoppenworld.com Photo)