Ronnie Stewart & Vicki Golden Sign with Suzuki
Team MicroBilt/PRBC Suzuki has announced its 2016 Monster Energy/AMA Supercross line-up – Ronnie Stewart and Vicki Golden. Stewart’s no stranger to the Suzuki team; he spent one year waving the Team MicroBilt/PRBC flag during the 2015 outdoor Motocross season. But now he will be joined by Golden in 2016.
Ronnie Stewart, a 25-year-old native of Easton, Pa., has established himself in the sport over the last few years, rising through the ranks of the North East’s best to eventually solidify his place in the pro ranks. His hard work and determination have certainly paid off – Stewart has become a regular qualifier in the premier Supercross class in the past seasons.
Stewart says: “I’m happy to be a part of Team MicroBilt/ PRBC again for 2016. I’m working hard to come back stronger than ever and hopefully I can make a solid charge during the second half of the season. It’s an honor to have Vicki part of the program too. Bringing her on board will shine a brighter spotlight on our team, which is great for our sponsors.”
Stewart is currently biding his time on the injured list, having a broken wrist from a pre-season practice crash in mid-December. Unfortunately, he’ll be forced to miss a number of Supercross rounds during his rehabilitation. MicroBilt/PRBC Suzuki are currently reviewing options for a fill-fin rider during his absence.
Hailing from the sunny beaches of San Diego, Calif., Vicki Golden, 23, was one of the biggest success stories of last year’s Supercross season. Golden is best known for making history in Las Vegas this past May – she became the first female competitor in more than four decades of Monster Energy AMA Supercross to qualify for the “Fast 40.” The “Fast 40” are riders who progress into the night program from timed qualifying in the 250 Supercross class.
Golden’s achievements marked a series of firsts for the typically male-dominated sport. and also included becoming the first female in history to complete Ricky Carmichael’s Road to Supercross in AMSOIL Arenacross. This earned her a pro Supercross racing license. Back in 2011, Golden became the first female to qualify in the AMSOIL Arenacross Lites Class Main Event. This coming year, with the help of MicroBilt/PRBC Suzuki, she’ll be breaking new ground once more by becoming the first female to qualify in the 22-rider 250SX Class Main Event. She’ll race in the East Region but will attend all round of the 2016 Supercross season, gladly being taking her time with her fans and media outlets.
Vicki Golden says: “I think the MicroBilt/ PRBC team is going to be a really good fit for me. It will be great to have more support. The team is on point and is willing to give me whatever I need to try to be successful. Last year I was ‘kinda on my own and it was so difficult to handle so many of the team issues myself in addition to riding, I’m really happy to have this kind of support on my side. It will also be a big plus to have Ronnie as a team-mate and mentor to help teach me the ropes. He’s got several seasons of experience and I’m eager to learn from him.”
The 2016 Supercross season marks MicroBilt/PRBC Suzuki’s entrance into the Supercross circuit and the team will also participate in the outdoor nationals.