In the largest attended Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, race in 2013, 68,987 fans watched James Stewart win his first 450SX Class race of the season. Wil Hahn led wire to wire in tonight’s Eastern Regional 250SX Class Main Event en route to the first victory of his career.
Opening the 450SX Class Main Event with the Hole-shot Award, Stewart – for the first time this season – led all 20 laps on the way to the win. Villopoto started the race in second place and chased down Stewart for the duration of the race, but came up 1.468 seconds short and finished second. Davi Millsaps, who started the race mid pack, moved into third place on Lap 2, and finished third.
Stewart has now gone nine seasons with a win, tying Jeremy McGrath and Chad Reed in this exclusive category. Villopoto moved into second place in season standings, and Millsaps has a 22-point lead in the championship.
2013 Atlanta Supercross: James Stewart – Post-Race Update – 1ST Place
“I mean, what can I say, we won tonight,” said Stewart. “It [means] a lot; this whole season has been going crazy and to get a victory and to get a start, it was almost a perfect day. I was fastest in practice, fastest in the Heat Race, I got the hole-shot in the Main Event and led every lap. I’m not going to lie, I was a little nervous because I haven’t been out there in a while.”
Stewart is the fifth different winner eight races this season.
Hahn led the field of Eastern Regional 250SX Class riders across the Hole-shot line in turn one as Dean Wilson and Blake Wharton tucked in behind him for second and third, respectively. Marvin Musquin made a pass for second place on Wharton on Lap 2.
Hahn opened the season with a third-place finish last weekend and with tonight’s win, he moved into second place overall. Wilson, who finished second tonight, still has the championship points lead. Wharton finished third and is third overall.
On The Podium Tonight – Wil Hahn in Atlanta:
“I put in a lot of hard work, and it paid off here tonight,” said Hahn. “I stayed positive out there and rode a smart race. It’s an amazing feeling to get my first win here at the Georgia Dome in front of so many fans. This has been a long time coming.”
Former 250SX Class Champion Tim Ferry’s son Evan won tonight’s KTM Junior Supercross Challenge.