San Manuel Yamaha's James Stewart will enter his first race in seven months when he lines up at the ninth round of the Lucas Oils AMA Motocross National championship in Unadilla, New York, this weekend.
The former supercross and motocross AMA number one has four events in the high-profile American series in order to place himself in contention for the 2010 Motocross of Nations and be one of Team USA's three riders at Thunder Valley in Colorado, Denver on Sept. 26.
Stewart has been out since round four of the AMA SX championship after breaking the scaphoid bone in his right wrist, a notoriously delicate injury.
Despite the hiatus the 24-year old has to be considered a firm favourite on his 2010 YZ450F at the venue in New Berlin with memories of his 2008 ‘perfect' outdoor season (24 moto wins from 24) not too distant.
James Stewart says: "My only goal is to do the best I can. While I haven't had a lot of time to test and train, I committed to running the last four races of the series, and I feel I need to do this, for myself as a rider, for my team, my sponsors and my fans."
Larry Brooks (Team Manager) says: "James' Supercross season was cut short this year and this is a perfect opportunity for him to get back on the track and race. We owe it to him to support him, as much as we do to the sponsors and fans that support our team."
The final three races of the Nationals after Unadilla will occur at Southwick, Steel City and Pala; the last only two weeks before the Nations.