We have learned that the AMA has issued a penalty to Malcolm Stewart following the incident during the 450 Main Event at the Daytona Supercross. The matter arose when Justin Barcia cut to the inside of Stewart in a pass attempt early in the 20-lap race and the front-end of his Team Honda Muscle Milk CRF450R knifed in the soft soil, either by rider error or contact with Stewart, and both riders went down. While returning to their bikes, Stewart pushed Barcia away and in the melee, dumped the clutch of his bike, sending it into a wheelie that bounced off of Barcia’s bike. The left radiator of Stewart’s Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda was mangled in the wreck, and the damage forced him to withdraw from the remainder of the race.
On Tuesday, word began to spread that the AMA has issued a 5,000-dollar fine and probation to Stewart for pushing Barcia, a matter made worst when his push to Cooper Webb at this year’s Oakland Supercross is also accounted for. We contacted the Stewart camp, who confirmed the fine and probation. The Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda team is likely to appeal the punishment, and we will post updates as the news becomes available.