YOSHIMURA SUZUKI’S JAMES STEWART CONTINUES TO FIGHT BAD LUCK AT SPRING CREEK NATIONAL

July 21, 2014

MILLVILLE, MN (July 21, 2014) - Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing's James Stewart has suffered a considerable amount of bad luck in the last few races and, unfortunately, he experienced more of the same at round eight of the 2014 AMA Pro Motocross Championships in Millville, MN, on Saturday. This was particularly unfortunate since Stewart had been looking forward to the Spring Creek National, having picked up the overall victory there last year.

At first, things were going well and the opening moto saw Stewart get a good start on his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450. Then, while running fourth on the first lap, Stewart suffered a get-off but remounted to finish seventh. In the second moto, Stewart lined up on the gate and got another good start but wasn’t feeling 100 percent. Because of a gate malfunction, the race was red flagged early and the riders lined up again. At this point, Stewart said he felt disoriented and dizzy, and retired for the day.

“Obviously, we’re disappointed,” said Yoshimura Suzuki Team Manager Mike Webb. “But more than that, we’re concerned about James. We’re not really sure what’s going on or whether he’s suffered health issues that we were all unaware of at the previous rounds. One thing is for certain, it's been a tough few weeks for James and that's taken a toll on him and the team. Right now, we’re going to get James checked out by a physician and play the next few days by ear. His health is our number-one priority.”

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s next race is round nine of the 2014 AMA Pro Motocross Championships on Saturday, July 26th, at the Washougal National in Washougal, WA.

2014 Spring Creek MX 450 Results:

1.  Eli Tomac (1-1)

2.  Ryan Dungey (3-2)

3.  Ken Roczen (2-4)

4.  Trey Canard (4-3)

5.  Josh Grant (5-5)

6.  Brett Metcalfe (6-6)

7.  Andrew Short (9-7)

8.  Weston Peick (8-8)

9.  Fredrik Noren (11-10)

10. Matthew Goerke (12-11)

2014 AMA Pro Motocross 450 Standings:

1.  Ken Roczen – 367

2.  Ryan Dungey – 343

3.  Trey Canard – 302

4.  James Stewart – 226

5.  Brett Metcalfe – 222

6.  Josh Grant – 218

7.  Weston Peick – 188

8.  Andrew Short – 187

9.  Eli Tomac – 168

10. Chad Reed – 146

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