Thursday, July 28, 2016

Ronnie Stewart Scores 33rd Overall at Washougal

Courtesy of Team Microbilt/PRBC 

Ronnie Stewart rallied on his Team MicroBilt/PRBC Suzuki RM-Z450 to finish 25th in the second moto in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship round on Saturday in Washougal, Washington. Unfortunately for Stewart, a minor mechanical issue in the first moto resulted in a 33rd-place overall finish for the day. Stewart reported learning a lot in the second moto and looks forward to putting that knowledge to good use in the final three rounds of the season in August.

Stewart began the Washougal National weekend flying the MicroBilt/PRBC Suzuki colors at an autograph signing on Friday evening at Pro Caliber Vancouver.

“There was a really strong turnout and that was nice to see,” Stewart said of the autograph session. “It was great to see the excitement of the fans getting to meet the riders who they were going to watch race the next day. For most of them they only get to one race a year, so they were really amped and that was awesome to experience.”

On race day Stewart qualified directly into the main, 35th out of 60 riders, with a time of 2:17.570 on his MicroBilt/PRBC Suzuki RM-Z450.

Despite having his chain derail in the first moto, Stewart was able to maintain his composure for the second moto and finish the day in 33rd overall.

“I was just starting figure out my lines and saw a whole freight train of people in front of me,” Stewart explained. “I knew it was time to move before it got too spread out. I was pushing pretty hard when my chain derailed. Luckily the guys at Yoshimura Suzuki helped me identify what could have been the issue and we were good for the second moto.”

Stewart and the team quickly regrouped for moto 2.

“Kudos to my mechanic Zach,” Stewart said. “He had to do a lot of work to get the bike ready for the second moto.”

Despite the last gate pick and a poor start, Stewart used the deft handling of his Suzuki RM-Z450 to make his way past a slew of riders to end the moto in 25th. “With the gate pick and the start it was difficult for me to get up there to ride with the faster guys to help push me along,” Stewart explained. “I tried my best to find some better lines and to learn and just get better all around. That’s what I did in the moto, so there are positives there.” Now Stewart looks forward to two weeks off of the circuit to prepare for the final three races.

Team MicroBilt/PRBC Suzuki and the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship return to the legendary Unadilla National on Saturday, August 13. Live coverage begins at 10:00 a.m. Eastern on The motos can also be viewed on MAVTV and NBCSN.

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