During the 450 Main Event at the 2019 Glendale Supercross, round two of the 2019 Monster Energy Supercross Series, Malcolm Stewart made a mistake while blitzing the whoop section and was sent over the bars of his SmarTop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts/Honda. The endo and impact with the ground left Stewart on the ground in pain and because he was unable to be safely removed from the track by the Alpinestars Mobile Medical staff, the race was red flagged. Stewart was placed on a backboard and taken out of the stadium to an awaiting ambulance for what appeared to be a leg injury.
We have spoken with Stewart since the crash and he confirmed that he sustained a broken femur and will soon undergo surgery to repair the damage.
This was the first time in Stewart’s career that he had a full-time ride in the 450 class for the Supercross season. Just hours before the Main Event crash, Stewart battled with Marvin Musquin and Cole Seely for the top spot in their Heat Race.
UPDATE JANUARY 14TH 12 PM | On Sunday morning Stewart underwent successful surgery on his femur to begin the recovery process. Shortly after the procedure, we talked briefly with Stewart and he told us that he had already stood up, a key first step for the injury. Stewart is set to leave the hospital on Monday and will return to California.
On Monday, team owner Mike Genova sent out a statement that praised Stewart for his dedication to the team in 2019, which is posted in full below…
"As most of you know, Saturday night in Glendale, while going Mach speed through the whoops pushing to catch the front runners, Malcolm had a big get off."
“While I am super bummed and disappointed for Malcolm, his family and our group, I am equally grateful and happy that Malcolm’s injury is limited to strictly a broken femur of which the doctors performed surgery on Sunday morning. My gratitude and happiness stems from the experience of having one of my guys lying virtually motionless for some twenty minutes, thirty feet away from me (I was in the managers tower) having no idea the extent of the injury, thinking the worst and having no way to be by Malcolm's side to support and comfort him. Followed up by Tony and I going to the hospital after the race, only to find Malcolm alert and upbeat, (pain meds may have been working) preparing to eat an In and Out burger, insisting on how he will be back in no time, stronger and better than ever."
“Unfortunately for Malcolm, his family, MCR, the fans and the whole race community, we are all going to have to patiently wait for Malcolm to recover from his injury and further pursue the excellence he displayed during the first two races of the 2019 season. I wanted to publicly acknowledge how proud I am of Malcolm for the level of commitment and work ethic he has invested into this years SX series. When looking for a ride this past September he gave Tony and I his word that he was ready to do whatever was required to be prepared to compete at the highest level in the 2019 SX series, all of which he has done to perfection – both on and off the track. To improve his overall fitness and endurance levels, Malcom hired a personal trainer, never missing a training session and constantly pushed himself to reach new fitness levels. Alongside focusing on improved fitness, Malcolm modified his diet and quickly dropped 25 pounds that improved his results on the bike. When it came to testing and riding days, Malcolm was often the first one to the track and handled the rigorous demands the team put on him with a positive and cooperative attitude. Malcolm has been very respectful to work with and brought a lift in our team."
“So Malcolm won’t get the chance to show the world how hard he worked and the results of his efforts, but I feel it’s only fair to Malcolm to let the world know how proud I am of him on how he chose to become a better racer, role model and man." – Mike Genova