YOSHIMURA SUZUKI’S JAMES STEWART TURNS IN EXCEPTIONAL RIDE TO CLAIM SECOND AT SEATTLE SUPERCROSS

April 14, 2014

SEATTLE, WA (April 14, 2014) - Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing's James Stewart left absolutely nothing on the track at round 15 of the 2014 AMA/FIM Supercross Championships at Seattle's CenturyLink Field on Saturday night. Stewart rallied after last weekend's illness and raced his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 to a well-earned second place in front of a packed and enthusiastic Pacific Northwest crowd.

Although Stewart came into the weekend not quite 100 percent, he still managed to put forth a solid effort in qualifying and pick up his 10th heat race victory of the season. In the 20-lap main event, Stewart got a good start and overtook a podium position right away. Turning aggressive laps on his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450, Stewart was riding on the edge as he quickly moved into second position and then continued to charge hard and bring home a podium finish.

“Today was a bit of a struggle,” said Stewart. “I never could really get comfortable with changes we made to the bike. I was trying to make up time in the race, but it was really easy to override the track because of the ruts. I’m not quite 100 percent yet but I felt like I rode good, so this was kind of a bummer. But we’ve still got two races left and I’m looking forward to having a week off to get totally healthy. I have to thank the Yoshimura Suzuki team for their hard work and for standing by me. We’re second in the overall championship points and I’m just looking forward to going into the last two races of the season strong.”

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing takes a weekend off prior to their next event, the 16th round of the 2014 AMA/FIM Supercross Championships on Saturday, April 26th, at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.

Seattle 450 Supercross Results:

1.  Ryan Villopoto

2.  James Stewart

3.  Ryan Dungey

4.  Eli Tomac

5.  Justin Barcia

6.  Trey Canard

7.  Ken Roczen

8.  Andrew Short

9.  Josh Hill

10. Mike Alessi

2014 450 Supercross Standings:

1.  Ryan Villopoto – 318

2.  James Stewart – 270

3.  Ryan Dungey – 267

4.  Ken Roczen – 249

5.  Justin Barcia – 214

6.  Justin Brayton – 196

7.  Andrew Short – 194

8.  Broc Tickle – 126

9.  Josh Hill – 124

10. Will Hahn – 122

Check out the Seattle “Behind The Scenes Race Report” at

http://youtu.be/tNBjkwjOGGQ

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