Stewart continues to push forward  excited about upcoming Southwick. Photo courtesy of Yoshimura Suzuki.

The following is from Yoshimura…

MECHANICSVILLE, MD (June 23, 2013) – The Budds Creek National saw Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s James Stewart turn in 100 percent effort. Although Stewart’s official results didn’t necessarily reflect it, the Yoshimura Suzuki rider felt better, stronger and more prepared for the remainder of the season after round five of the 2013 AMA Pro Motocross Championships in Mechanicsville, MD, on Saturday.

Although Stewart hadn’t raced at Budds Creek since 2008, he made the best of the challenging track by turning in the fastest lap of the day in qualifying. In the first moto, he was clicking off smooth, hot laps on his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 when he suffered a couple of unfortunate get-offs. Despite the setbacks, he still managed an 11th-place finish. In the second moto, Stewart got a top-10 start and ran in a podium position for several laps before tip-overs saw him finish 13th. Overall, Stewart finished 12th for the day.

“I have to admit that we struggled a bit at Budds Creek,” said Stewart. “I went down a total of four times, twice each moto. The first time I went down, I started coming back up and I was battling with some fast people and got tangled up with a rider and finished 11th. In the second moto, I didn’t get a good start but made my way up to third and it went a little better. I had some problems but made my way back to fifth and then wound up crashing in the same spot I did in the first moto. It was just a bummer, but I could feel a difference in the second moto and it was better. Now we’re just focusing on being strong for Southwick and the rest of the races this year.”

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s next race is round six of the 2013 AMA Pro Motocross Championships on Saturday, June 29th, at the Moto-X 338 National in Southwick, MA.

Check out the Budds Creek “Behind The Scenes Race Report” :

2013 Budds Creek MX 450 Results:
1.  Ryan Dungey
2.  Ryan Villopoto
3.  Trey Canard
4.  Malcolm Stewart
5.  Justin Barcia
6.  Justin Brayton
7.  Broc Tickle
8.  Jake Weimer
9.  Phil Nicoletti
10. Andrew Short

2013 AMA Pro Motocross 450 Standings:
1.  Ryan Villopoto – 240
2.  Ryan Dungey – 224
3.  Justin Barcia – 179
4.  Trey Canard – 153
5.  Mike Alessi – 136
6.  James Stewart – 122
7.  Tyla Rattray – 95
8.  Ryan Sipes – 95
9.  Broc Tickle – 94
10. Jake Weimer – 93

 

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