Yoshimura Suzuki Racing’s James Stewart Returns To Racing And Grabs Podium At RedBud National

BUCHANAN, MI (July 8, 2012) - After missing the last few rounds due to injury, Team Yoshimura Suzuki Racing's James Stewart returned to competition at the popular RedBud National in Buchanan, MI, on Saturday. Round six of the 2012 AMA Pro Motocross Championships saw Stewart overcome stifling humidity and temperatures over 100 degrees to finish third overall, and once again put his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 on the podium.

After two weeks of rest and rehabilitation away from the bike, Stewart took a conservative approach to rough-and-tumble RedBud. Turning in solid laps in practice, the Yoshimura Suzuki rider qualified second and got a good gate pick. In the first 30-minute moto, Stewart got a good start and was running second when he suffered a few mishaps, but recovered to finish sixth. In the second moto, he slotted into third place long before the race's halfway point and turned consistent laps for the remainder of the moto. The sixth- and third-place finishes gave Stewart third overall for the day.

"It was an eventful day," said Stewart. "I was second fastest in practice, but in the first moto, I realized I wasn't quite 100 percent. But I still wanted to try and have a decent moto. After one crash and a stall, I ended up sixth. In the second moto, I came from 10th and made my way up into third and just sat there. But it was good to be racing again, the Yoshimura Suzuki team was working hard and the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 was running great. The fans at RedBud are awesome and I was happy just to be back racing. Now I'm looking forward to Millville next weekend."

Yoshimura Suzuki teammate Brett Metcalfe, who'd moved into the top five in the overall championship points standings after the last round at Budds Creek, suffered a broken tibia and fibula in a recent practice crash. Although Metcalfe is on the mend, he'll most likely be out for the rest of the season.

Team Yoshimura Suzuki Racing's next event is the seventh round of the 2012 AMA Pro Motocross Championship on Saturday, July 14th, at the Spring Creek National in Millville, MN.

2012 RedBud MX 450 Results:

1.  Ryan Dungey

2.  Justin Brayton

3.  James Stewart

4.  Tyla Rattray

5.  Mike Alessi

6.  Broc Tickle

7.  Cole Thompson

8.  Josh Grant

9.  Andrew Short

10. Jake Weimer


2012 AMA Pro Motocross 450 Standings:

1.  Ryan Dungey - 286

2.  Mike Alessi - 214

3.  Jake Weimer - 202

4.  Andrew Short - 178

5.  Broc Tickle - 162

6.  James Stewart - 151

7.  Brett Metcalfe - 142

8.  Josh Grant - 137

9.  Justin Brayton - 131

10. Kyle Chisholm - 100

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