James Stewart will sit out the remaining three rounds of Supercross.
Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart will miss this weekend’s Seattle Supercross, as well as the remaining two rounds of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series in order to let his ailing wrist heal up before the start of the 2013 AMA Pro Motocross Championship, which begins May 18 at the Hangtown Classic near Sacramento, California.
Stewart pulled out of the main event during last weekend’s Minneapolis Supercross due to pain in the wrist. He injured it earlier in the evening when he fell in his heat race then jammed it during the main. It’s the same wrist that he injured last year that took him out of contention in the outdoor Nationals.
“The decision to sit out the last few races is a tough one for all of us,” said Stewart. “The Supercross season hasn’t been going the best, but I’ve been having a great time racing, thanks to the fans and my Yoshimura Suzuki team. They’ve all been supporting me the whole time. So to have this last little injury – I hurt my wrist in the heat race and then again in the main event – was a disappointment. I think this is the smart decision for us overall and now I’m going to focus on recovering and getting ready for the motocross season. I’m psyched to be on the gate for Hangtown and now I just want to get the 2013 AMA Pro Motocross Championship.”
In light of the injury, this decision comes as a little surprise, since Stewart was already out of title contention in the Supercross Championship and had nothing to gain in riding the last three rounds. Stewart is currently seventh in the 2013 Supercross Championship, more than 100 points behind leader Ryan Villopoto. Last year, Stewart won the opening two rounds of the outdoor series before getting hurt at Colorado.