KAWASAKI DOMINATES SEATTLE

Tedesco wins second consecutive THQ AMA 125 West Supercross Championship; Stewart takes 250 main

SEATTLE (April 16, 2005) - Team Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Ivan "Hot Sauce" Tedesco put the cap on the THQ AMA 125 West Supercross Series championship season this weekend when he wrapped-up the series before a crowd of 49,532 at Qwest Field in Seattle. The feat marks the first time in history that a manufacturer has won back-to-back East/West THQ AMA 125 Supercross championships.

Tedesco's evening began with a holeshot start in the second 125 qualifying heat, but he went down after a few laps and was forced to race the last chance qualifier. The 23-year-old New Mexico native quickly rebounded to win the LCQ with little resistance from the rest of the field. In the 125 main, Tedesco rode a calculated and conservative race aboard his Kawasaki KX250F to finish third, clinching his second THQ AMA 125 West Supercross championship.

"I wanted to ride smart tonight and go for the championship," said Tedesco. "I needed to ride smart, and that's what I did. I want to get another win next weekend to close out the season."

Team Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Paul Carpenter endured a couple of mishaps during the 125 main event but continued through the remainder of the race to finish 11th.

In the 250 action, Team Kawasaki's James Stewart completely dominated the field aboard his Kawasaki KX250. He posted the second fastest lap time in practice, won his 250 qualifying heat, captured the $1,500 Butterfinger Crisp holeshot award and went unchallenged for all 20 laps to win the 250 main event.

"I had 20 solid laps out there," said Stewart. "It was a good night. I'm glad I got a great start and my Kawasaki ran great, so I'm pumped that everything came together and I got the win."

With only two events remaining in the series, Stewart's second victory in the 250 class moved him into the 11th position in the overall 250 point standings. Stewart had been sidelined for nine weeks with an injury since the Phoenix event.

The THQ AMA Supercross Series heads to Reliant Stadium in Houston on Saturday, April 30 for the 15th round of the 16-event series.


Source: Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.

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