Easton, PA's Ronnie Stewart entered and qualified for one of the toughest night programs this year's Monster Energy AMA Supercross series has seen. Directly after Suzuki's number seven, James Stewart, was setting the fastest lap times of the morning practices at the 2013 Atlanta supercross Ronnie Stewart (no relation) was putting his Suzuki into the 32nd fastest time slot.
Even though Ronnie's lap times were nearly five second a lap off of James' it was no small feet to be the 32nd fastest rider in the Georgia Dome February 23, 2013. After all the Monster Energy AMA Supercross series is not only sanctioned my the AMA (American Motorcyclist Association) it is also a FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme) World Championship. That makes this series the most prestigious motorcycle racing series ever. Which means this series attracts the fastest and most talented riders around the world. So when you consider Ronnie Stewart came from eastern Pennsylvania's cold winter and into the warm Georgia Dome you realize coming out as the 32nd fastest rider in Atlanta is an accomplishment quite impressive.
This race was also covered live by the Speed TV crew which meant both Ronnie and James were part of a reality show far more real then Bubba's World. However the similarities these two riders shared in Atlanta stopped at the first 450 heat race of the night. James would be in Heat 2 while Ronnie lined up to race against nineteen other top qualifiers. But that didn't mean this heat race was without star power. No sir. His heat race not only had last years 250 west coast champion, Eli Tomac, last years Seattle SX winner Andrew Short, 2010 west coast champion/2012 King of Bercy Jake Weimer, 2010 SX Champion Ryan Dungey, 2004 and 2008 SX champion Chad Reed, and holeshot master Mike Alessi his heat race had Davi Millsaps. Davi Millsaps as you probably know won the opener this year and held the points lead for the next nine weeks until an injury kept him off the pace at Daytona.
So Ronnie Stewart was in fast company during his 450 heat and that alone is something to be proud of. But for Ronnie Stewart it just isn't where his goals are placed. Stewart wants to make it into a main event. And that goal just might be closer than you think for this fast Pennsylvanian because he finished 16th in his heat that day in Atlanta even with all those supercross stars trying to make it into the main event along side him.