Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart Makes RM-Z450 Supercross Debut At Anaheim

Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart Makes RM-Z450 Supercross Debut At Anaheim

Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart overcomes injury in practice to finish 8thin 450 main event

ANAHEIM, CA (January 6, 2013) – The Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing team was fired up and ready to race at the start of Saturday’s season-opening round of AMA/FIM Supercross at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA. In the day’s 450 Supercross practice, rider James Stewart laid down blisteringly hot laps on his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 and posted the fastest qualifying time. Unfortunately, at the end of practice, Stewart tweaked his right knee and wound up riding conservatively in the night’s main event to finish eighth.

Yoshimura Suzuki’s Stewart demonstrated tremendous discipline throughout the evening’s racing. After icing and elevating his leg and opting out of the opening ceremonies to rest, Stewart put in a smart ride in his eight-lap heat race. The talented rider got a great start on his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 and led the first half of the race before finishing third. In the 20-lap main event, Stewart again played it safe and simply kept it on two wheels. As a result, the two-time AMA Supercross Champion finished well within the top 10 and was happy to pick up as many points as possible in just the first race in a long, 17-round series.

“Things started out pretty good,” said Stewart. “We were fastest in practice and top qualifier. We had some really good speed and the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 was working great all day. Then I had a little mishap in practice; I didn’t fall over, I just caught my knee wrong. That turned my night around right there, because up until then I felt like we had a win in us. We finished eighth, but to be honest, I feel like I won the race. Now, I’ll go and get it checked out and if everything is good with the knee, we’ll continue on to Phoenix next week and hopefully get on a roll. My main competition finished eight spots behind me so we’re right there in points. Now we just need to go back and figure it out for next week.”

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s next event is the second round of the 2013 AMA/FIM Supercross Championship on Saturday, January 12th, at Chase Field in Phoenix, AZ.

Anaheim 1 450 Supercross Results:

1.  Davi Millsaps

2.  Trey Canard

3.  Ryan Dungey

4.  Chad Reed

5.  Jake Weimer

6.  Andrew Short

7.  Justin Barcia

8.  James Stewart

9.  Justin Brayton

10. Kevin Windham

2013 450 Supercross Standings:

1.  Davi Millsaps

2.  Trey Canard

3.  Ryan Dungey

4.  Chad Reed

5.  Jake Weimer

6.  Andrew Short

7.  Justin Barcia

8.  James Stewart

9.  Justin Brayton

10. Kevin Windham

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