On Monday afternoon we learned and reported that Malcolm Stewart had been tapped for a fill-in ride with the AutoTrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing team and that he was to fly to Southern California to test with the team. The news came just after Stewart sat out the opening round of the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross Series for unspecified reasons on his privateer effort and Justin Bogle, the team’s original rider, was sidelined with a concussion. The team has just confirmed that Stewart will take a role with the team on a week-to-week basis, effective this weekend at the 2018 Houston Supercross, aboard a full factory Suzuki RM-Z450.
Stewart will be able to retain his apparel sponsors like Seven MX, Shoei Helmets, and Gaerne Boots, but will use team sponsor SCOTT Sports goggles.
The press release also states that Bogle’s return to action will not come for at least “several rounds.” Bogle suffered two concussion in late 2017, the first at the 2017 Monster Energy Cup and the second in a practice crash.
The press release is posted in full below…
The Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team is pleased to welcome 2016 AMA 250 Eastern Regional Supercross Champion, Malcolm Stewart. Riding the all-new Suzuki RM-Z450, Stewart will be filling in for the injured Justin Bogle on a race-by-race basis starting this weekend in Houston.
The 25-year-old Haines City, Fla. native has enjoyed a successful Supercross career, with three wins, 13 podiums and 24 top-five finishes, culminating with the 2016 AMA 250 East Supercross title. Stewart has been actively training in preparation for this exciting opportunity.
"The opportunity came about on Sunday when J-Bone [Jeremy Albrecht] called and asked if I wanted to ride their factory Suzuki RM-Z450," stated Stewart. "I've been so busy up to this point with getting things organized to go racing on my own. That's why I was unable to race at Anaheim. To be given this chance on a factory team is a blessing. Now I've been on both sides of the fence, from being a privateer to racing for a factory team. It has truly been a humbling experience, and I'm ready to give the team my full effort."
Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing team manager, Jeremy Albrecht, is looking forward to working with Stewart. "I'm excited to see Malcolm race for us this weekend at Houston. The fans love him, and he has a really good personality. I feel that Malcolm has great speed, and I'm happy that he wanted to take advantage of this opportunity."
Albrecht also provided insight on the duration of Stewart's role. "Bogle is currently recovering from an off-season injury. Malcolm will fill in until he returns, which should be several rounds. We should know more on Bogle's status next week."
The second round of the 2018 Monster Energy AMA Supercross series will be held at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas on Saturday, January 13th. The event will be broadcast live on FS1 at 8:00 p.m. EST. Please stop by and visit the Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team.