Motorcycle Types Adventure / Dual-Sport Stewart: MX Podium at Unadilla

Stewart: MX Podium at Unadilla

2010-stewart-mx-podium-at-unadilla (1)

Motocross News

After a long hiatus from racing due to an injury early in the 2010 AMA Supercross season, Team San Manuel Yamaha’s James Stewart made his return to racing at the infamously gruelling Unadilla race track.

Having had only a few short weeks to prepare for the longer moto format of the Outdoor National Series, the Team goal was to race, qualify and “have some fun” in Stewart’s own words.

James Stewart’s day started strong. Posting the fastest lap times in both practices with an amazing 2:05.839, proving he has the speed he’s known for, Stewart began Moto 1 with a solid start.

In 4th position on Lap 1, he quickly but strategically worked his way into 3rd by Lap 2. Continuing to advance, Stewart moved into 2nd place by Lap 6, holding that position for several laps.

Towards the end of Moto 1, Stewart dropped back one position, but with a solid hold, finished the race in 3rd, making the podium in his first return to the track in several months.

On the podium, when asked if he had anyone to thank, he credited the support of his fans on the track for helping him push through the challenging race, along with that of his family, team and sponsors.

In Moto 2, Stewart didn’t fare as well. A rough start landed him in the 15th position in the first lap and despite working his way into 11th place by Lap 4, Stewart was forced to pull off the track.

James Stewart says: “We’re not 100% yet, but I’m confident in myself and my team that things will only improve from here.”

Larry Brooks (Team Manager) says: “This was a learning experience for our Team. Though many of us have years of Motocross racing experience, as a team, we have not raced Motocross in a long time. We had some challenges but we learned a lot today and will do what it takes to improve before Southwick.”

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

2021 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide First Look (6 Fast Facts)

The 2021 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide is here, and it’s louder and sleeker than ever—plus it has some wild new wheels. Here’s what’s new...

2021 Houston 3 Fantasy Supercross Tips (11 Fast Facts)

The 2021 Monster Energy Supercross Championship Series is off to a mind-boggling start. The playing field is so level that the bubble is right...

2021 Harley-Davidson Street Bob 114 First Look (6 Fast Facts)

When the Softail Standard was released last year and functionally the same motorcycle as the Street Bob, we knew something had to be afoot...

2021 Harley-Davidson Road King Special First Look: Hot Rod Bagger

The 2021 Harley-Davidson Road King Special is a Touring model that The Motor Company puts in a sub-category—Hot Rod Bagger. To earn that title,...

2021 Honda CRF300L and CRF300L Rally Coming To America

We told you all about the new 2021 Honda CRF300L and CRF300L Rally last month. Although we fully expected the pair to be imported...

2021 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy 114 First Look (Specs, Photos, Prices)

The distinctive Harley-Davidson Fat Boy is back for 2021, with the Milwaukee-Eight 114 powerplant and machined solid cast aluminum Lakester wheels. We tested the...