James Stewart won the AMA Supercross season opener at Angel Stadium by chasing down rookie Ryan Dungey and winning by nearly 3.5 seconds in front of 43,841 on Saturday night.
Dungey led the first 17 laps of the 20-lap race. Stewart made his pass for the lead on Lap 18, erasing a nearly 4.5-second deficit. Dungey refused to give up, though, pulling even with Stewart on the last lap, but Stewart pulled away at the end and won the first race of the AMA Supercross season.
"The beginning part of the race he was out really good," Stewart said. "We stayed pretty much consistent. He was riding good. I was able to catch him. We battled to the end. That's what racing's about. When you get that close, you battle to the end. He's a great competitor."
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