The opening match of the 2012 AMA Pro Motocross Championship was held last Saturday night at the famous Prairie City OHV Park stadium of Sacramento, California. It was a great night for the Yoshimura Suzuki racing team as their newly signed in rider, James Stewart, had a great run in the 450cc class championship match. He won both the moto races and thereby walked away with the victory that particular night. His teammate, Brett Metcalfe, also had a great match as he secured an overall fifth position finishing in the event.
The famous Prairie City OHV Park stadium of Sacramento, California played host to the 2012 FMF Hangtown Motocross Classic last Saturday night. The event also marked the opening match of 2012 AMA Pro Motocross Championship last weekend. James Stewart, the newly signed racer of Yoshimura Suzuki racing team, had an impressive run in the 450cc class of motos and walked with the victory that particular night. It was a great match for Yoshimura Suzuki racing team as another racer of their team, Brett Metcalfe, finished the 450cc motos event at a convincing fifth position.
James Stewart looked in good touch right from the start of the match and he rode impressively too. The last match at Sacramento marked his comeback to the Motocross arena and it was also his first match ever since the 2008 season of the Motocross championship. Riding high on his factory built RM-Z450 bike, Stewart delivered victories in both the moto matches and thereby securing the overall first position in the first round of the Hangtown National held last weekend. Following his newly brought in teammate, Brett Metcalfe too delivered some amazing performances in both the moto matches to finally settle with an overall fifth position finishing.
Right from the start of the first moto match, Stewart was completely flawless. Just as the first moto took off, Stewart gained an amazing speed and immediately took the lead in the first lap. After that, he slowly began increasing the gap between him and the rest of the riders by the completion of each lap. He led all the laps in the first moto to register a win in it. In the second moto match, he seemed to struggle a bit in the beginning but he was quick to regain back his focus and bounced back in no time. He quickly shifted gears and came down hard to again take the lead in the match. Stewart then comfortably rode to his second victory of the night with some spectacular performance.
Coming back to Brett Metcalfe, he had a great start to his race in the first moto match. Riding on his RM-Z450 bike, Metcalfe did well to make his way up to the second spot but unfortunately, fatigue struck him then and he was compelled to finish at the fourth position. In the second moto match too, he ran impressively and showed great skills but could only manage to finish at the fifth spot. He then finished the opening round at an overall fifth position. With this finishing, Metcalfe now stands in an exciting 3-way tie for the third position in the championship standings.