Just a few months ago, Malcolm Stewart looked like he might enter the 2015 Monster Energy Supercross season without a ride. Saturday night, he rewarded the team that took a chance on him with the first 250 Class win of his Supercross career.
After getting a good start in the main event, Stewart worked his way into the lead on Lap 3 by making a pass on rookie rider Chris Alldredge. Stewart was soon overtaken by Red Bull KTM’s Justin Hill for the top spot though, and Hill looked to be on the way to victory until he had a huge crash while going through the sand section midway through the race. The mistake allowed Stewart to reassume the lead, and despite feeling the heat from both Alex Martin and Cooper Webb at times, Stewart led the final eight laps to record the victory.
It’s been an eventful offseason for Stewart. He was the odd man out in the initial silly season shuffle, and without a team signing him to a contract, he purchased his old Honda from the Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil team and was preparing to enter the season as a privateer until the GEICO Honda squad stepped in and gave him a ride for 2015.
There was also the controversy surrounding his brother, James Stewart – one of the most prolific racers in the history of the sport. James was suspended by the FIM for the 2015 season after testing positive for Adderall. On the podium, Malcolm made clear that the victory was bittersweet without his brother being at the race.
Cooper Webb – the points leader in the 250 Class – turned in another impressive ride, although he once again had to work his way through the pack after crossing the line in 10th after the first lap of the race.
There’s been no lack of drama this year, and one of the biggest stories has been the aggressive last-lap pass that Webb made on Tyler Bowers last week to steal the win at Anaheim. Early in the race at Oakland, the two riders were matched up once again. With Webb riding in front of Bowers, Bowers ran into Webb as Webb checked up rounding a turn, and Bowers’ elbow made contact with Webb, knocking the Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha rider to the ground.
Webb remounted outside the top ten but put his impressive speed on display as he charged through the field all the way up to second place. During the charge, he ended up getting back around Bowers with a clean pass.
Unlike last week, things weren’t so amicable between the two training partners after the race.
Never one to shy away from saying what’s on his mind, Webb let it be known that he was unhappy with Bowers’ move and hinted that “payback” could be coming in the future.
Bowers tweeted that the takeout was unintentional, saying that he didn’t expect Webb to stop in front of him the way he did.
Webb still holds the points lead, but Bowers sits just eight points back in second, setting up even more drama for the second half of the 250SX West Region season.
Behind Stewart and Webb, the podium was rounded out by Alex Martin, whose third-place finish was a new career best.
Oakland 250SX Results
1. Malcolm Stewart
2. Cooper Webb (-1.4 seconds)
3. Alex Martin
4. Tyler Bowers
5. Zach Bell
250SX West Point Standings
1. Cooper Webb, 86
2. Tyler Bowers, 78
3. Jessy Nelson, 71
4. Zach Osborne, 69
5. Justin Hill, 65