Irvine, Calif. (July 15, 2008) – Monster Energy Kawasaki continued its domination of the Toyota AMA Motocross Championship putting all four riders who competed, on the podium. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s James Stewart and Timmy Ferry went 1-1 and 2-2 respectively for first and second overall. In the AMA Motocross Lites class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto went 1-1 for his sixth straight overall win, while Brett Metcalfe went 5-4 in the motos for third overall.

Monster Energy Kawasaki Under the Tent

Perfect So Far
Stewart is a perfect 14 for 14 in motos this season after sweeping his way to his seventh overall victory of the season. Stewart wasted no time getting to the front, earning the holeshot in both motos and leading wire-to-wire.

“It was good out there today,” said Stewart. “I just tried to stay focused and it worked out so I’m happy. The track was different today, so it was a bit of a challenge. I just rode my own race and got another win.”
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Baker’s Dozen
Villopoto earned his 12th and 13th moto wins of the season at Budds Creek, keeping his string of professional victories at the track alive. For the third straight season Villopoto took the overall title at the track.

“It was a good day,” said Villopoto. “I didn’t get the starts I wanted. I worked my way through the pack and got out to a lead where I could watch second place and run the laps I needed to. Once I had the lead I just tried not to ride over my head and avoid mistakes.”
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Back on the Podium
Ferry returned to the podium at one of his favorite tracks, finishing 2-2. Last year during the Motocross of Nations Ferry earned the MX3 title at Budds Creek and back in 2003 he won a moto when they raced the track backwards like they did this weekend. Ferry’s ride through the field was a typical “Red Dog” ride and he passed his way to second in both motos.

“I got one good start today,” said Ferry. “My second start wasn’t that great, but it let me do what I do and ride through the field to get up to second. I had some really good lap times the second moto. This is the best I’ve felt all year. I’m finally coming into my own.”
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Healing Faster
Metcalfe entered the weekend still feeling the effects of a shoulder injury and only ran one practice on Saturday. On Sunday, Metcalfe rode great in both motos, but injured his right ankle near the end of the second moto. Despite the added injury, he earned his first motocross lites podium of the year.

“My run today makes my shoulder feel a lot better,” said Metcalfe. “It was better this weekend, but I tweaked my ankle in the second moto. It feels good to be back riding at my full ability. I’ve known the last couple of weeks I was faster, but I just couldn’t push it with my shoulder.”
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Holeshot Strategy
Stewart’s holeshots weren’t pure power this weekend. The veteran rider scouted out the start area during earlier races and came up with a plan to get his Kawasaki KX™450F to the front by the holeshot line.

“It was cool to get a good start,” said Stewart. “I actually went out and watched the start of the races yesterday and I saw the guys inside kind of pushing out. I knew if I could get to the inside, my Kawasaki could pull up the hill and beat everyone to the holeshot line.”
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Missing in Action
After the second moto was over, Metcalfe was nowhere to be found at the podium as he rode his bike straight to the truck to look after his ankle. While he was at the truck with his foot in a bucket of ice, he got word he finished third and rushed to the podium for his trophy.

“I didn’t know I made the podium,” said Metcalfe. “I thought I lost it when I hurt my ankle. So after the race I went straight to the truck and put my foot in a bucket of ice. They had to come get me on the Mule and bring me down to the podium. My ankle wasn’t hurting as bad when I heard about the podium.”
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Keeping Focused
At every race this season, Stewart has built a sizeable lead during the motos and has been able to control the pace. While riding all alone may be difficult for some riders, Stewart carries over his practice during the week to compete against the clock and maintain focus.

“Riding up front all alone isn’t that hard,” said Stewart. “That is how I ride at home so I just transfer that to the weekend. I just try to stay focused and get good lap times during the race.”
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Backward Track
Villopoto has made his name at Budd Creek, winning every race he has entered as a professional at the Maryland facility. This year the promoters changed the direction of the track to add a little spice to the event. Though the track led to some battles not everyone was thrilled with the change.

“We ran the other direction last year,” said Villopoto. “I think there is a better rhythm when we run it the other way and overall I think it’s a better racetrack. But we all have to ride the same track and it turned out good today for me.”
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Long Race
The short track and quick lap times made for a long race at Budds Creek as the riders completed 18 laps during each of the two 30 minutes plus two lap motos. The long races provided more enjoyment for the fans and even led to Stewart joking with the AMA and NPG officials

“We ran a lot of laps today,” said Stewart. “It was so long I almost suggested they add two laps, put up some lights and call it a supercross”
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Line Choice
Villopoto easily set the fastest laps in his motos by choosing the smoothest lines around the track. The Budds Creek layout combines steep hills with tight turns putting a premium on keeping your momentum through the turns.

“My bike is the best bike,” said Villopoto. “The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki KX™250F gives us the best power and we are able to run any line on the track. The lines are a big deal, the more momentum you can carry the faster you are up the hills and down.”
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Moving Target
Ferry’s ride through the field allowed him to find the fastest way around the track and gave him the right lines to run fast lap times.

“I was going everywhere,” said Ferry. “The track was really bumpy and all it took for good lap times was finding a smooth line. A smooth section was worth a second a lap sometimes. I was searching out there for the best lines, but some of them I found by luck. I guess that was a good thing about having to pass all those guys, I was able to find a lot of good lines.”
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James Stewart Entertainment
After the races, Stewart stayed after his press conference and joined the media in their questioning of the motocross lites riders. Stewart was especially interested in one rider’s thoughts about Motosport Xtreme Kawasaki’s Kyle Chisholm. Chisholm rides with Stewart in Florida and apparently the fastest lap times during practice at the events set the running order at Stewart’s home track. During Sunday morning qualifying for gate pick, Chisholm set the third fastest time and earned the top position for practice this week Florida.

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