Team Chevy Trucks Kawasaki’s Stewart Begins Recovery from Collarbone Surgery

Defending 125 AMA Motocross Champ undergoes successful surgery in San Diego

IRVINE, Calif. (May 6, 2003) ¿ Defending 125 AMA Motocross champ and reigning 125 Western Regional Supercross title holder James Stewart today underwent a successful surgery to repair a broken collarbone suffered at the Supercross finale on Saturday (May 3, 2003) in Las Vegas.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Paul Murphy at the Oasis HEALTHSOUTH Surgery Center in San Diego and required the placement of a plate on Stewart’s right collarbone to stabilize the area. The anticipated recovery time for the injury is 4-6 weeks.

Stewart, 17, Haines City, Fla., will remain in Southern California for the next couple of weeks for rehabilitation. His return to racing has not yet been determined but he is expected to at least miss the first two rounds of the Chevy Trucks U.S. Motocross Championships which begins this weekend in San Bernardino, Calif.

Prior to the injury, Stewart was on a roll, winning seven of eight races en route to the 125 Western Regional Supercross championship. Including the 125 East/West Shootout last weekend in Las Vegas, Stewart has won an impressive 70 percent of the races he has entered (21 out of 30) since turning pro in January of 2002.