Stewart Enjoys $100,000-Plus Payday at U.S. Open

L&M San Manuel Yamaha’s James Stewart, of Haines City, Fla., won the Rockstar Energy Drink U.S. Open at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, taking home the $100,000 winner’s pay check.

Stewart set the stage coming into tonight’s main event, winning the superpole, which put him two steps away from claiming the $250,000 Trifecta bonus award. Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Chad Reed, of Dade City, Fla., stopped Stewart from winning the $250,000 when he won the holeshot award. Yamaha’s Broc Hepler, of Kittanning, Pa., followed Reed through turn one and Stewart started in fourth.

Reed led the first 16 laps before suffering a major crash that allowed Stewart to move into the lead. Red Bull Honda’s Andrew Short, of Smithville, Texas, moved into second place, where he finished. Reed finished third.

In the overall, Red Bull Honda’s Ivan Tedesco, of Tallahassee, Fla., finished second and Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey, of Belle, Plaine, Minn., finished third.

“I wanted to come here and do good for the team,” said Stewart. “I was lucky that Chad made a mistake for me. It was a great night and I am glad that we put on a great race for the fans.”

Jesse Nelson bounced back from a rough ride Friday night to win the Alpinestars 85cc Mini Invitational. While trailing Nelson, Joe Savatgy, who finished second last night, crashed the timing section, giving up his chase for the lead. Austin Politelli, who won last night’s main event, finished second place tonight and won the overall.
Rockstar Energy Drink U.S. Open Overall Results
1. James Stewart, Yamaha (1-1)
2. Ivan Tedesco, Honda (5-4)
3. Ryan Dungey, Suzuki (5-4)
4. Andrew Short, Honda (9-2)
5. Justin Brayton, KTM (4-9)
6. Josh Hill, Yamaha (3-12)
7. Michael Byrne, Suzuki (7-6)
8. Chad Reed, Suzuki (14-3)
9. Thomas Hahn, Kawasaki (8-13)
10. Broc Hepler, Yamaha (6-11)
Alpinestars 85cc Mini Invitational Overall Results
1. A. Politelli, Suzuki
2. K. Kamm, KTM
3. J. Savatgy, Honda
4. J. Nelson, Honda
5. J. Owen, Suzuki
6. M. Maze, Suzuki
7. D. Epstein, Yamaha
8. M. Bisceglia, Yamaha
9. T. Stewart, Yamaha
10. C. Alldredge, Yamaha
Rockstar Energy Drink U.S. Open Saturday Night Results
1. James Stewart, Yamaha
2. Andrew Short, Honda
3. Chad Reed, Suzuki
4. Ryan Dungey, Suzuki
5. Ivan Tedesco, Honda
6. Michael Byrne, Suzuki
7. Dan Reardon, Honda
8. Thomas Hahn, Kawasaki
9. Justin Brayton, KTM
10. Nico Izzi, Suzuki
Legends Rematch Race, Saturday Night Results
1. Damon Bradshaw, Yamaha
2. Jeff Matiasevich, Kawasaki
Alpinestars 85cc Mini Invitational, Saturday Night Results
1. J. Nelson, Honda
2. A. Politelli, Suzuki
3. K. Kamm, KTM
4. J. Owen, Suzuki
5. T. Stewart, Yamaha
6. J. Savatgy, Honda
7. M. Maze, Suzuki
8. D. Epstein, Yamaha
9. M. Bisceglia, Yamaha
10. C. Alldredge, Yamaha
KTM Junior Supercross Challenge, Saturday Night Results
1. D. Drake, KTM
2. B. Gardener, KTM
3. D. Oliveira, KTM
4. D. Evitts, KTM
5. G. Tomberlin, KTM
6. G. Bere, KTM
7. C. Harrison, KTM
8. D. Crider, KTM
9. B. Moore, KTM
10. C. Blakita, KTM
11. M. McDonald, KTM
12. C. Sipes, KTM
13. J. Burke, KTM
14. M. Nesby, KTM
15. J. Williams, KTM
16. C. Da Silva, KTM
Rockstar Energy Drink U.S. Open Friday Night Results
1. James Stewart, Yamaha
2. Ivan Tedesco, Honda
3. Josh Hill, Yamaha
4. Justin Brayton, KTM
5. Ryan Dungey, Suzuki
6. Broc Hepler, Yamaha
7. Michael Byrne, Suzuki
8. Thomas Hahn, Kawasaki
9. Nico Izzi, Suzuki
10. Kyle Chisholm, Yamaha
Legends Rematch Race, Friday Night Results
1. Damon Bradshaw, Yamaha
2. Jeff Matiasevich, Kawasaki