Motocross: James Stewart Out Until Southwick

Kit Palmer | July 12, 2012

Team Yoshimura Suzuki Racing announced that James Stewart will not suit up for Saturday’s Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship round at Spring Creek in Millville, Minnesota, July 14. After finishing third overall at the previous RedBud National in Michigan, Stewart and the team feel the injury hasn’t progressed enough for him to continue racing.

“At this point in time it doesn’t make sense to push it,” said the team’s manager Mike Webb. “From a safety standpoint, for both James and the other riders, we just don’t want to take the chance. The injury is a little more than we thought and will simply require a bit more rehab. The plan is to stay off the bike for a couple weeks and then ride and test and come back strong for Southwick [Massachusetts, July 11].”

Stewart injured his wrist at the Colorado National in early June and has since tried to come back twice – High Point and RedBud.

This means that the Yoshimura Suzuki team will be left without a rider for the Millville race, having also already lost Brett Metcalfe to an injury for the rest of the season. Suzuki made no mention of a possible substitute rider.

Kit Palmer | Off-Road Editor

Kit Palmer started his career at Cycle News in 1984 and he’s been testing dirt and streetbikes every since – plus covering any event that uses some form of a knobby tire. He’s also our resident motorcycle mileage man with a commute of 120 miles a day.