To say that things aren’t going well for Yoshimura Suzuki
’s James Stewart would be something of an understatement these days. The last three rounds of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championships have seen Stewart plagued by mishaps and good old-fashioned bad luck.
A few weeks ago at the Tennessee National, Stewart got caught up in not one, but two turn-one pile-ups – one per moto. Really? Still, Stewart rallied and came back to finish eighth overall.
But at the following weekend’s Red Bud National, the Yoshimura Suzuki
rider’s luck seemed to be turning around. He got a good start the first moto and then… he got tangled up with Toyota Yamaha
JGRMX rider Josh Grant
while trying to pass and both riders went down. In the second moto, Stewart was lined up on the far outside gate and got a poor start and – you guessed it – got caught up in yet another turn-one pile-up.
Most recently, at this past weekend’s round seven of the series in Mechanicsville, MD, things again were looking up. The Budds Creek National
saw Stewart qualify fastest in practice to pick up his first Oakley Bomb Award of the season.
In the first moto, Stewart got a mid-pack start but quickly worked his way through the field and up to fifth. By the end of the moto, he was within striking distance of fourth. In the second moto, Stewart got a better start and was running in fourth right off the bat. Unfortunately, a little more than halfway through the moto he suffered a get-off and chose to opt out of the remainder of the race.
“The day started good,” said Stewart. “We had a lot of speed in practice and this was the first race this year where I qualified fastest. In the first moto, I got a bad start but was able to come back to fifth.
“In the second moto, I got a good start but as the moto went on, I was just really struggling,” Stewart continued. “I’m not really sure what happened, but we have some things we need to work on before next weekend. So thanks to the Yoshimura Suzuki
team for all their hard work and we’ll regroup and come back and see if we can make something happen at Millville.”
Heading into this Saturday’s round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championships in Millville, MN, Red Bull KTM teammates Ken Roczen
and Ryan Dungey
are first and second, respectively, in the overall championship points standings. Honda Muscle Milk’s Trey Canard
is third, while Yoshimura Suzuki
’s Stewart sits in fourth.
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