James Stewart fans won’t be cheering this weekend during round 7 of 2016 Supercross in Arlington, Texas. The two-time premier-class Supercross Champion, who has not finished a race all season, has decided to sit out Arlington Supercross at AT&T Stadium.The Floridian is still recovering from his crash at Anaheim 1 Supercross; during that race, he suffered a concussion and blurred vision. Stewart feels he didn’t have enough time on the Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing RM-Z450 to ride this weekend in Texas.
“James wants to get some laps on the bike this week and next before he tries to come back,” says Mike Webb, Yoshimura Suzuki Team Manager.“Right now it’s just a matter of getting laps in to get his fitness level back up to where he can feel comfortable for an entire race. He’s shooting for an Atlanta return, but that’s not set in stone. Obviously it’s been a difficult Supercross season for us, but injuries are part of the sport and we want our riders to be healthy and confident that they are ready to go before trying to race.”Stewart opened the season with crash that led to a DNF at Anaheim, followed by absences in San Diego I and Anaheim II Supercross. He then suffered a DNF due to blurred vision at Oakland Supercross, and subsequently sat out San Diego II SX, and now Arlington SX.Also, the other Yoshimura pilot Blake Baggett will sit out Arlington Supercross and a few additional rounds due to continued pain in his shoulder, which he injured during a pre-season crash. This means once again Yoshimura Suzuki won’t have any bikes in the field.Baggett raced at San Diego II Supercross, but suffered severe pain. He visited a specialists in California and had inflammation around his shoulder socket.“The extra stress put on the shoulder on Saturday (San Diego II SX) was just too much,” said Mike Webb, Yoshimura Suzuki’s team manager. “We don’t have a certain timetable on Blake’s return. It depends on how he reacts to treatment, but he hopes to be back after he sits out a few rounds and gets some rehab in.”
This week we ride two genre-departing motorcycles from the established American manufacturers. Jess McKinley gives us his thoughts on the all new Harley-Davidson Pan America Special, and Ron Lieback gives his on Indian’s latest version of the FTR 1200 S.