Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart Celebrates Fourth-Place Finish At San Diego

Stewart building momentum going into next week's Dallas event

SAN DIEGO, CA (February 10, 2013) – Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing's James Stewart claimed his second-consecutive top-five result at round six of the AMA/FIM Supercross Championships at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, CA, on Saturday night. En route to his fourth-place Supercross class finish, Stewart also raced his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 to his second heat race victory of the season.

Stewart came into the San Diego event with several days of mid-week testing under his belt. The Yoshimura Suzuki rider qualified second fastest during the day's practice sessions and went into his eight-lap heat race with confidence. There, Stewart got a good start and moved into the lead by the race's halfway point. Riding up front, he put his head down and held off a hard-charging second place to take the win.

"This week I was able to get in two days of riding," said Stewart, whose early-season injury had hampered his mid-week training. "It's tough when you're not able to put in the work during the week. But this was the best I've ridden all year, so I'm happy about that. I had to work for the win but it was fun."

Stewart came back out for the night's main event more than ready to race. Although he got a less-than-stellar start, the Yoshimura Suzuki rider made the most of his abilities and those of his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450. Riding smoothly but aggressively, Stewart picked his way through the field and battled throughout all 20 laps to finish a solid fourth.

"In the main event, I got a bad start and was way back there," said Stewart. "But I made some passes… Overall, it was good and the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 was running great. I felt stronger in the main event, I just wished I'd been able to open up and pass some people. But I can't complain – two fourth places, top five. It's better than where we were, but it's still not where we want to be. Now, we'll go back and I'm going to focus on my starts and getting better for Dallas."

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing's next event is the seventh round of the 2013 AMA/FIM Supercross Championships on Saturday, February 16th, at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX.

San Diego 450 Supercross Results:

1. Davi Millsaps
2. Justin Barcia
3. Ryan Dungey
4. James Stewart
5. Chad Reed
6. Ryan Villopoto
7. Justin Brayton
8. Trey Canard
9. Andrew Short
10. Mike Alessi

2013 450 Supercross Standings:

1. Davi Millsaps
2. Ryan Dungey
3. Ryan Villopoto
4. Trey Canard
5. Chad Reed
6. Justin Barcia
7. Andrew Short
8. James Stewart
9. Justin Brayton
10. Broc Tickle

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