Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart will miss this weekend’s Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship round at Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, Indiana, as he continues to recovers from his “medical condition.” Stewart says he is hopeful of returning for the final round in Utah on August 23.

Yoshimura Suzuki issued a release late last night with the first quotes from Stewart since he started missing races due to a “medical condition” that has yet to be disclosed.

The release is as follows:

“Hey guys. It’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to talk to you all so I wanted to get you up to speed on what’s been going on,” Stewart said. “This year has been incredibly up and down with the highest of highs and lowest of lows for the team and me. I finally felt things were going our way after decent results in Colorado and then the sweep at High Point. After that it’s been one frustration followed by another – tough luck in Tennessee and it just seemed to get worse every weekend, from Redbud to Budds to finally Millville where I wasn’t even able to start the second moto and had to pull out.

"It took a few weeks after Millville to recover and get back up to speed but finally I feel like I can be out in front again. I feel great on my RM-Z and want to race. Unfortunately, the whole situation with my medical condition and the process has far exceeded how long we thought it would take.

“As of today, I’m still not in the position to be able to race. It’s frustrating to me cause that’s all I’ve ever wanted to do. The situation is so complicated and like I said, it’s taking a lot longer to get through the process than I ever expected. I feel like I’ve let a lot of people down – my fans, my family, my team, my sponsors – they are all so important to me cause they’re my life. And racing is my life.

“I’m hoping I can at least get out there and catch the last round in Utah. I’m bummed to miss Indiana with the new track and all. It’s no fun watching these things from home when I know I should be on the bike and out there with my team and fans. I’m hoping for the best.”

The next round of the series is the finale at Miller Motorsports Park on Saturday, August 23.

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