MALCOLM STEWART SIGNS WITH STAR RACING YAMAHA FOR SUPERCROSS-ONLY IN 2021
Early on this year we heard rumors that Malcolm Stewart wouldn’t be returning to the Smartop MotoConcepts Honda team for 2021 and now it has been announced that Malcolm Stewart will not return to racing on a Honda for 2021, and instead, he will join the Star Racing Yamaha team aboard the YZ450F. Malcolm Stewart was on a Supercross-only contract with the MotoConcepts team for the last two seasons because the team doesn’t race outdoors. As of right now, Malcolm has a Supercross-only contract with the Yamaha team as well. Malcolm stated: “It’s only Supercross right now, but hopefully it goes well, and we can turn it into something in the future.”
Up until now, Star Racing has been a 250-only team, but with their success in the small bike class and their factory support from Yamaha, we expect them to do well in the 450 ranks. MXA recently posted a 2021 Supercross Team Announcements and Predictions post where we talked about Malcolm Stewart riding on a Kawasaki KX450 and KTM 450SXF in his social media posts, but now we can confirm his plans for 2021. Read the full Yamaha press release below:
MALCOLM STEWART JOINS MONSTER ENERGY STAR RACING YAMAHA
Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing is pleased to announce the addition of Malcolm Stewart to their 450 team for the 2021 Monster Energy AMA Supercross season. The 2016 250SX East Champion will line up alongside the 2018 250SX West Champion, Aaron Plessinger, and the back-to-back 250SX West Champion, Dylan Ferrandis, for a three-pronged threat in the highly competitive premier class.
Stewart is fresh off his best season in the 450 class. The Florida rider really started hitting his stride in the seven-race run in Salt Lake City, finishing fourth at the season finale to end the year seventh in the standings. Stewart looks to build on that momentum next season with the Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing team.
Jeremy Coker – Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing 450 Team Manager
“Adding Malcolm to our already great line up excites me that much more for this upcoming season. He is an amazing rider, especially when it comes to the whoops. I can’t wait to see him on the track.”
Malcolm Stewart – Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing
“I’m really excited to join the team. I’ve known a lot of the guys before, when I was around the team back in 2011. Gareth Swanepoel is my trainer and he works with their guys, plus I have a few buddies there. So, it isn’t a big change for me. It just kind of adds another piece to the puzzle.
“I’m definitely happy. The team has had a lot of success and has dominated the 250 class. They have a phenomenal setup and to be a part of their first year in the 450 class, it makes it more exciting for all of us. I feel like we have some good heavy hitters. Myself, Dylan Ferrandis, and Aaron Plessinger, every single one of us has won a 250 title. It should be a really good year. It’s only Supercross right now, but hopefully it goes well, and we can turn it into something in the future.”