Courtesy of Microbilt/PRBC Yoshimura Suzuki
KENNESAW, GA. (Jan. 24, 2016) – Ronnie Stewart earned a major breakthrough Saturday at Anaheim II, round three of the 2017 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series Saturday night aboard his MicroBilt/PRBC Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450. Stewart earned his first start in a Supercross main of the 2017 season in front of 42,984 fans at Angel Stadium and a live national television audience on Fox Sports 1.
Stewart continued to climb the ladder in qualifying, pushing his MicroBilt/PRBC Yoshimura Suzuki to a time of 1:00.392 to qualify 27th, his best placing of the young season. However, in spite of the improved qualifying position, there was still the matter of trying to make the main event, where only the top 22 riders get in.
After a 17th-place finish in his heat race and 12th in his semi, Stewart had just one last shot in the Last Chance Qualifier to make the big show, and when the pressure was on, he came through.
In the LCQ fought his way to a fourth-place result, just a little over four seconds out of the lead, earning him the final ticket to the main. The key for him was changing up his entry into the first turn and taking a line that may have not been the fastest but kept him out of the trouble that often happens on the outside of a turn.
Qualifying for the featured event of the night brought jubilation for Stewart, who spent much of the season injured in last year’s Supercross campaign and then came back and tried to ride his way back into condition, never ideal in the ultra-competitive world of Monster Energy Supercross.
In the main Stewart finished 20th. An exciting achievement and cause for celebration for both the team and Stewart fans, since it was nearly two years since his last main event.
“It was a blast,” Stewart grinned when talking about Anaheim II. “It’s always been a goal for me to race the 450 main event under the bright lights of Angel Stadium. “Turning in my personal best qualifying position set the stage for an exciting night. I hope to continue this momentum and make it an exciting year.
“We continue to make great progress with bike setup and we’re heading to Arizona early this week to continue testing and fine tuning. I’m looking forward to keep progressing. Making the main event was very special. I went through a period of pretty much all of 2015 I was out or battling with an injury. To get back in the mix for the first time was a really good feeling. All of our efforts are materializing and we’re moving in the right direction, day by day and week by week.”
This weekend Team MicroBilt/PRBC Yoshimura Suzuki made a wish come true for a very special and brave young man named Dylan, who has acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, Dylan became an honorary member of Team MicroBilt/PRBC Yoshimura Suzuki and attended his first professional supercross race with Ronnie Stewart and the team.
Stewart and Team MicroBilt/PRBC Yoshimura Suzuki now ready for round four this Saturday, Jan. 28, at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The event will be televised on Fox Sports 1.
“I’m thankful for all my sponsors and everyone who makes this effort possible,” Stewart concluded. “It’s special, unique and something I’m very grateful for.”
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