JAMES STEWART OUT, AGAIN
The concussion James Stewart sustained at the first race of the 2016 was a setback that he has not fully recovered from. In Daytona, he looped out bruising his back. He would go on to injure his ankle in a crash with Weston Peick this past weekend. While James Stewart has been focusing on getting seat-time for the AMA Nationals, he is finally going to put racing on hold and heal for the remainder of the Supercross season. See the press release from Yoshimura Suzuki below.
Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s James Stewart will sit-out the final three rounds of the Supercross season to focus on preparing for the start of the 2016 Outdoor Nationals, which kicks off on May 21st at the Hangtown Motocross Classic in Sacramento, California.
“James has a hairline fracture in his ankle and he aggravated his back injury from his Daytona crash last week in St. Louis,” said Yoshimura Suzuki Team Manager Mike Webb. “Clearly, he needs time to heal and get ready for Hangtown.”
Stewart has been battling injury for most of the Supercross season. Despite his setbacks he’s shown flashes of his characteristic speed and he said that even though everything in him wants to be at the final Supercross rounds, he recognizes it’s the best decision.
Said Stewart: “I want to be out there racing. My fans and sponsors are important to me, but ultimately I need to focus on getting completely healed-up and be solid and ready to go the next time I roll-up to the starting gate at Hangtown.”
Team-mate Blake Baggett, also battling nagging injuries through a tough season, is slated to race the final three rounds of the Supercross series, including this Saturday’s race at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Stewart will be on hand at next weekend’s round at Met Life Stadium, East Rutherford, to meet the fans and sign autographs.”