Team Suzuki Press Office – July 29.
Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s James Stewart celebrated his first 450 class race win and overall victory of the season in spectacular fashion at round nine of the 2013 AMA Pro Motocross Championships at the Spring Creek National in Millville on Saturday.
Having finished on the podium in the last two rounds, Yoshimura Suzuki’s Stewart was ready to take his rightful spot on top of the box, and he was not to be denied: In moto one, Stewart got a good start on his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 and ran fourth before moving into a podium position. Pushing the edge but maintaining his composure, Stewart went on to overtake second and then the lead. Despite constant pressure from the competition, he sailed across the start/ finish to capture his first moto win of the year.
“It was great to get the moto win,” said Stewart after the first race. “For me, for my family, for the Yoshimura Suzuki team and for my fans. I had to work for that one, and I had a good pace going in the beginning. But it had been a long time since I’d been in the lead and it got a little close towards the end. But a win’s a win, and we’ll take that right now.”
The second moto saw Stewart get the holeshot and lead for the first several laps before turning in another smart race and finishing a solid third. The combined moto results were good enough to give the Yoshimura Suzuki rider the overall victory for the day.
“I’ve been getting good starts in the last few races and that’s made all the difference,” said Stewart, after taking the overall win. “The Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 pulled another holeshot and this win was a long time coming. In the second moto, I felt like I rode better when I was running in second and those guys made me work for it – it was just bar-to-bar out there. I’m so happy right now and I’m looking forward to taking a week off and coming back strong for Unadilla.”
Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s next race is round 10 of the 2013 AMA Pro Motocross Championships on Saturday, August 10th at the Unadilla National in New Berlin.
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Check out the Millville “Behind The Scenes Race Report” Video: YOSHIMURA SUZUKI RACE VIDEO
2013 Millville MX 450 Overall Results:
1. James Stewart (Yoshimura Suzuki)
2. Trey Canard (Honda)
3. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
4. Justin Barcia (Honda)
5. Ryan Villopoto (Kawasaki)
6. Andrew Short (KTM)
7. Mike Alessi (Suzuki)
8. Chad Reed (Honda)
9. Jake Weimer (Kawasaki)
10. Broc Tickle (RCH Suzuki)
2013 AMA Pro Motocross 450 Standings: CLICK HERE FOR POINTS