One of the biggest stories we’ve followed ahead of the 2018 Glendale Supercross is Malcolm Stewart’s status with the AutoTrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing team. Per the initial deal, Stewart was confirmed the full-factory Suzuki RM-Z450 for two rounds (Houston and Anaheim Two), as the possibility of more races depended on Justin Bogle’s return from a preseason concussion. At the 2018 Anaheim Two Supercross, we were told that Stewart had not received any indication of a deal extension, but a Monday press release from JGRMX alluded to a continued deal with Stewart. When Justin Bogle was confirmed to return to action at the 2018 Glendale Supercross on Tuesday, we immediately reached out to the team to find out what would happen with Stewart. At that time, we were told that Team Manager Jeremy Albrecht was in meetings with management to figure out a deal.
On Wednesday afternoon, we received confirmation from both the AutoTrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing team and Stewart that he will be under the JGRMX banner and aboard at Suzuki RM-Z450 at the 2018 Glendale Supercross.
Through the two races of Stewart’s time with JGRMX, he posted two eleventh place finishes in the 450 Main Events/Overall Results and is currently ranked fifteenth in the 450 Championship Standings.
The press release from the team is posted in full below…
The Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team is pleased to announce that Malcolm Stewart will be returning for his third consecutive Supercross race on the factory Suzuki RM-Z450 this weekend. Stewart will join Weston Peick and Justin Bogle under the 450 awning at Glendale, Ariz. on Saturday.
The ever-popular Stewart has turned heads as a fill-in rider on the Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team, scoring back-to-back 11th place finishes after eight months away from racing. Malcolm's talent, along with his positive attitude, made for an easy decision to provide support for Stewart this weekend.
"I couldn't be happier to be with the Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team for another weekend! It's been great working with these guys the past couple weeks," stated Stewart. "Getting the opportunity to be with them for another race is awesome!"
Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing team manager, Jeremy Albrecht, is excited to work with Stewart again. "It has been great having Malcolm on the team. He gets along well with everyone, and he has a very positive attitude. We're happy to say that he will be on the track this weekend and racing for the Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team."
With regard to the team's future plans of working with Stewart, Albrecht explained, "We are currently exploring to see what our options are for Malcolm to be on the factory Suzuki RM-Z450 for more races."