Suzuki’s James Stewart Fit for 2013 AMA Motocross

Yoshimura Suzuki's James Stewart

Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart

2013 James Stewart (JS7) Injury Report

The last few years for James Stewart have been painful, the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 rider suffering multiple injuries. The latest arrived at Minneapolis AMA Supercross, round 14 of 17, when the seven-time AMA Champion tweaked an already injured wrist.

Before the injury, Stewart performed, capturing a win at Atlanta’s Georgia dome, becoming one of just three races to go nine-straight Supercross seasons with a win. Additionally, he raced his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 to podium finishes in St. Louis and Indianapolis, won eight of his heat races, and was the fastest qualifier at seven events.

But following the wrist injury, Stewart sat out the final three races, though finished 10th in overall points behind the champion, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto.

During that time Stewart rehabilitated, and his team reports he is fully healed and healthy to begin the 2013 AMA Pro Motocross season, which gets underway this weekend at Hangtown in Sacramento, Calif.

James Stewart (Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 Motocross) says: “After Minneapolis when I hurt my wrist again, it was a struggle. With trying to rehab my wrist, I decided to take the last couple of rounds off and be as close to 100% as possible for Motocross. Even though Supercross didn’t go the way I had planned, I fell in love with my Yoshimura Suzuki team and I had a great time. We had some ups and downs, but we also had some great moments, whether that was winning or just accomplishing a goal together as a team.

“I was definitely bummed to sit out, but that gave me a chance to take a break, rehab my wrist and get ready for Hangtown. Last year, we came into the series and I only had a few days on the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 and now I’ve had a few weeks. I love racing Motocross, it’s got a more relaxed family-oriented atmosphere, there’s more time to focus on bike set-up and the racing is really fun. I’m looking forward to Hangtown and to the whole season.”

The 2013 MX action begins Saturday, May 18, with the Hangtown Motocross Classic. Stay clicked to UltimateMotorCycling.com for results.

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