Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s James Stewart rallied spectacularly at round two of the 2013 AMA Pro Motocross Championships at the Thunder Valley National in Lakewood to race his RM-Z450 to a podium finish in the second moto, for a seventh-place overall result.
Although Stewart got a poor start in the first moto, he was making the most of it when another rider fell in front of him. Stewart suffered a get-off but quickly resumed racing, albeit from last place. He put his head down and focused on moving forward, eventually making it to 15th. Faring better in the second moto, Stewart got off the gate in the top 10, raced his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 through the field and into third to give him seventh overall.
Said Stewart: “I went 15/3. The 15 sounds pretty bad, but I didn’t get a good start in the first moto and a rider went down right in front of me and I ran straight into him. I went over the handlebars – I was way dead last – but I made my way up to 15th. It was good because I felt strong the whole race. In the second moto, I didn’t get the best start but I tried to pick off people one by one. I got into third and kind of settled in. Overall, the third was nice, the 15th wasn’t, but I feel better. We’ve really been working on bike stability and now I feel like we’ve got the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 dialed in. I’m happy with that and I actually feel really good. I think it’s time to start winning some races.”
Next weekend, the Yoshimura Suzuki crew will head to Muddy Creek Raceway for the Tennessee National. This event represents the first time that the AMA Pro Motocross series has held an event in the South east in 15 years. Stewart is excited about the race.
“I’m definitely looking forward to Muddy Creek,” said Stewart. “I don’t think I’ve been there since I was 13 years old, so it’s been more than 12 years since I’ve raced there. It’s an awesome facility. I think the track should be good and I’m looking forward to the race.”