KENNESAW, GA. (July 18, 2016) – Team MicroBilt/PRBC Suzuki’s Ronnie Stewart overcame a hard practice crash to qualify for his third Lucas Oil Pro Motocross National in a row, and fifth this season, Saturday at Spring Creek MX Park in Millville, Minnesota. Stewart’s 38-24 earned him a 33rd overall. His moto two finish was the second best of the 2016 season.
The very fact that Stewart was able to race at Millville was a minor miracle. In the first session of the day Stewart suffered a hard crash when he landed on a rider who’d crashed after a jump.
“It was the result of no yellow or red cross flags being displayed,” Stewart explained of the accident. “It was very frustrating. I damaged my bike and hit my head harder than I would have preferred. You can’t control those things and luckily we were both OK.”
Stewart and the team were able to rally and qualify safely into the national. He was 30th out of 81 riders in qualifying. “That was awesome to be able to preserve a little energy and having more time to prepare for the motos,” Stewart said.
The roughness of the Spring Creek MX Park by the time the gate dropped for first 450 moto caught Stewart out a bit and he decided to pull off and focus his energies on the second moto. The strategy paid off to a degree, since he was able to battle forward and put his MicroBilt/PRBC Suzuki RM-Z450 up to 24th place in moto two in spite of a bad gate pick and sub-par start.
“I don’t know if dropping out of the first moto was the right decision, but it’s what I decided was best at the time,” Stewart explains. “I was able to hang in there in the second moto. I’m going to continue to keep trying harder and I’m thankful for everyone sticking behind me. My whole team is really working at it and I wish I could show them a little better results. At least I’m healthy and am able to try to keep improving. We’re heading out west and hopefully I can redeem myself and do a little better.”
Stewart and Team MicroBilt/PRBC Suzuki travel west as the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship continues next weekend for round nine of the 2016 season in Washougal, Washington. The Peterson CAT Washougal National will host the series on Saturday, July 23. Live coverage begins at 1:00 pm Eastern on www.promotocross.com. The motos can also be viewed on MAVTV and NBCSN.
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