Courtesy of Team Suzuki Press Office
Stewart made his return to competition in round eight of the 12-event
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at Spring Creek MX Park in
Millville, Minnesota at the weekend.
Stewart raced his Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing RM-Z450 to a solid
10th-place finish in the first moto. Overall, his 10-35 moto finishes
put him 15th.
Stewart was the lone rider for the Yoshimura Suzuki this weekend, as
both Blake Baggett and fill-in rider, Matt Bisceglia, are out with
Stewart showed that in spite of his long lay-off from injury, and then
awaiting the birth of his son, he still could still tap into the power
of the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 and click-off a strong lap, which he did
in qualifying, clocking a 2:15.635 on the Spring Creek track, good
enough for eighth-fastest out of 81 riders.
In the first moto, he fought to gain back his race footing, battled well for positions and ended up 10th.
“I got an OK start and then got passed by a few guys,” Stewart
explained. “I kind of settled-in and passed a few more guys and some of
them went down and I got 10th. It was pretty solid. With all the stuff
going on in my personal life I haven’t been able to ride as much. The
second moto I was trying, but almost hit the deck a few times. It got to
the point where I pulled out and I was bummed out about that.”
Despite the difficult second moto, Stewart said it felt good to be back
competing again and he’s looking forward to gradual gains in the coming
“I’m happy to be back out here racing,” he said. “I know what I need to
do and that’s get more seat-time to be able to race. The track was tough
all day, especially in that second moto. I want to thank the team. I’m
going to keep pushing here and building-up and I think Washougal should
be better for sure.”
The series now moves cross country to the Pacific Northwest next
Saturday, July 23rd, for the Washougal National at the scenic Washougal
Motocross Park. Live coverage begins at 1:00 pm Eastern-time on
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