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YOSHIMURA SUZUKI’S JAMES STEWART ECSTATIC OVER 50TH CAREER SUPERCROSS WIN AT ST. LOUIS

March 31, 2014

ST. LOUIS, MO (March 31, 2014) - Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing's James Stewart has been on a rampage lately. This past Saturday night, Stewart raced his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 to his fifth win of the season and his 50th career victory at round 13 of the 2014 AMA/FIM Supercross Championships at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, MO. This stunning win marks the first time that Stewart has celebrated three race wins in a row since 2009.

Stewart headed into the Show Me State event fresh off of his spectacularly record-breaking performance last weekend in Toronto. Add to that the fact that he hadn’t won in St. Louis since 2011, and Stewart was due. During the day’s practice, Stewart set the fastest lap time on his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 and then went on to finish second in his heat race. In the main event, Stewart got a good launch off the gate and moved quickly from third place into second. Stalking the leader for several laps before making a clean but aggressive pass, Stewart captured the lead and pulled a gap to take the win. With this result, Stewart became the first rider to win five races this year.

“I don’t know what’s best, this weekend or last,” said Stewart. “Last weekend was obviously special but to win again this weekend in a different state and to get a milestone like 50 race wins is unbelievable. I’ve got to give it up to the Yoshimura Suzuki team because we kind of had some issues all day but they came through for me in the main event. I feel like we’re riding really great and the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 was working amazing, especially through the whoops. It was a tough race and everybody was riding really good. But I was able to get in the lead and keep it going. Now we’ll just get ready for Houston and see if we can get another win there.”

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s next event is the 14th round of the 2014 AMA/FIM Supercross Championships on Saturday, April 5th, at Reliant Stadium in Houston, TX.

St. Louis 450 Supercross Results:

1.  James Stewart

2.  Ryan Villopoto

3.  Justin Barcia

4.  Ken Roczen

5.  Trey Canard

6.  Eli Tomac

7.  Josh Hill

8.  Andrew Short

9.  Ryan Dungey

10. Justin Brayton

2014 450 Supercross Standings:

1.  Ryan Villopoto – 268

2.  Ryan Dungey – 233

3.  James Stewart – 232

4.  Ken Roczen – 215

5.  Justin Brayton – 196

6.  Justin Barcia – 176

7.  Andrew Short – 166

8.  Broc Tickle – 126

9.  Will Hahn – 122

10. Chad Reed – 111

Check out the St. Louis “Behind The Scenes Race Report” at

http://youtu.be/iroy9rKqKv8           

About Yoshimura R&D of America: Yoshimura is “The Leader in Performance” and has been for more than 55 years. With unmatched skills, knowledge, and passion for racing, Yoshimura is on the forefront of the aftermarket exhaust industry. Yoshimura pipes are race bred and feature the same legendary performance, fit and quality that has been their trademark for more than five decades. To learn more about Yoshimura and view their wide variety of performance products, visit www.yoshimura-rd.com.

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Team Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing is grateful for the support of their sponsors: Suzuki Motor of America, Yoshimura Racing, Motorex, Dunlop, Renthal, Vortex, Showa, Seven, Hinson Clutch Components, Renegade Fuels, Mechanix Wear, Works Connection, Twin Air, Moto Tassinari, Shorai, Matrix, N-Style, Zero Gravity, D.I.D., Excel, NGK, GET and RG3.


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