Yamaha’s radical new 2010 YZ450F with the rear-slanted and repositioned engine is acquitting itself quite nicely in the opening rounds of Supercross. After James Stewart won on the new YZ450F in Anaheim, Josh Hill gave the new Yamaha its second podium appearance in as many weeks at Chase Field in Phoenix last Saturday.
After setting the fastest time on the YZ450F in practice, Stewart suffered a bad crash during his heat race and left trackside in some pain. It was questionable whether Stewart would return.
After an incredible Supercross win in the 2010 opening round, James Stewart finds himself trailing in the points early in the season once again. The second round of the 2010 Supercross season in Phoenix began stunningly when the opening-round points-leader Stewart had a scary crash during his first heat race. Fans were not sure if Stewart would be able to continue.
Eventually, the ’09 Supercross Champ was able to overcome some obvious pain. In dramatic fashion Stewart took the win in the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ). This was good enough to place him in the main event.
Defending Supercross Champion James Stewart confirms that he will be competing in X Games 15 in Best Whip, Super X and Supermoto racing. "I’m pumped to have a chance to attend and compete," says Stewart. "I have always wanted to do the X Games, but this is the first time that it has actually worked out contract and schedule wise."
In fact just hours before showtime, Stewart and his team are hard at work in California dialing in his hybrid roadracer/dirtbike Yamaha YZ450F Supermoto race machine.