Team Rockstar Makita's Chad Reed staged another amazing race from the back to finish second at Saturday's Houston Supercross after being squeezed out in the first corner.
The reigning AMA/ FIM Supercross World Champion proved the pace of the RM-Z450 Suzuki - as he did last week at Anaheim when he came back from a crash - to finish second behind James Stewart (Yamaha) and keep his series lead intact by three points.
Makita Suzuki teammate Mike Alessi also celebrated his strongest results of the season: Alessi finished fourth in his heat race and then got the holeshot in the Main Event where he eventually brought home a seventh-placed result.
Michael Byrne did not race due to an injury sustained in the off-season. He hopes to be back racing as soon as possible.
In the Supercross Lites class Nico Izzi picked up a podium position in the season-opening round of the East Coast series. The 2008 AMA Supercross / Motocross Rookie of the Year finished third in his heat race and then third in the Main Event at Houston on his Rockstar Makita Suzuki RM-Z250.
"It was tough for me this weekend. I don't know why. It was really a struggle all weekend. I didn't have the groove and I was pushing it and I fell a few times in practice so it wasn't for lack of trying. But to get on the podium and to get second is awesome, considering how I felt out there. Basically, I'm just trying to get out there and do what I can do and try to get on the podium: I'm happy that we didn't lose any ground this weekend, even though we struggled a bit."
"This was a good weekend. We are steadily improving with every race, getting a little more speed, a little more confidence, a little bit more aggression. In practice I was in the top-10 times. In the heat race I ended up fourth - I bettered last week by one position. In the Main I got the holeshot. My Rockstar Makita Suzuki RM-Z450 got me off to a great start and I was riding up front, battling with the top guys and then I was running sixth for most of the race. I made a mistake at the end though and I ended up seventh. Like I've been saying, I'm working on steady improvement and getting better everyweek."
"My day was pretty good, though it started out a little rough. I had a pretty good get-off in the first practice and I had to regroup from that. I came out in the second practice and put in some good laps. In the heat race, I was able to work my way up into third. Then, in the Main Event, I got a pretty good start and was in second and put in about eight laps. But then I made a mistake and moved back to third. I was struggling to get back into it but I held on for a podium position."
Supercross Results: 1 James Stewart (Yamaha), 2 Chad Reed (Rockstar Makita Suzuki), 3 Ryan Villopoto (Kawasaki), 4 Andrew Short (Honda), 5 Josh Grant (Yamaha), 6 Ivan Tedesco (Honda), 7 Mike Alessi (Rockstar Makita Suzuki), 8 Tim Ferry (Kawasaki), 9 Kevin Windham (Honda), 10 Davi Millsaps (Honda).
Supercross points (after 4 rounds): 1 Reed 86, 2 Stewart 77, 3 Grant 77, 4 Short 71, 5 Villopoto 68, 6 Tedesco, 7 Ferry 56, 8 Windham 53, 9 Alessi 46, 10 Millsaps 42.
Supercross Lites: 1 Christophe Pourcel (Kawasaki), 2 Brett Metcalfe (Honda), 3 Nico Izzi (Rockstar Makita Suzuki), 4 Austin Stroupe (Kawasaki), 5 Blake Wharton (Honda), 6 Wil Hahn (KTM), 7 Martin Davalos (KTM), 8 Darryn Durham (Yamaha), 9 Daniel Blair (Honda), 10 Matthew Goerke (Suzuki).
Lites points (after 1 round): 1 Pourcel 25, 2 Metcalfe 22, 3 Izzi 20, 4 Stroupe 18, 5 Wharton 16, 6 Hahn 15, 7 Davalos 14, 8 Durham 13, 9 Blair 12, 10 Goerke 11.