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YOSHIMURA SUZUKI’S JAMES STEWART TRIUMPHS AT DETROIT SUPERCROSS

March 17, 2014

DETROIT, MI (March 17, 2014) - Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing's James Stewart bounced back from several race's worth of bad luck to create his own good fortune at round 11 of the 2014 AMA/FIM Supercross Championships at Ford Field in Detroit, MI, on Saturday night. The talented and skillful Stewart raced his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 to his 48th 450 class win and tied former Suzuki rider Ricky Carmichael for second place on the all-time 450 class wins list. This victory also moved Stewart back up to third in the overall championship points.

This weekend’s race marked the series’ return to Detroit for the first time since 2008. Stewart, having won there in ’06 and ’07, was blisteringly fast on his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 all day. He qualified second fastest in practice and went on to take his seventh heat race win of the season. In the 20-lap main event, Stewart got a good launch off the gate and took over the lead at the end of the second lap. From there, the Yoshimura Suzuki rider turned smooth lap after smooth lap to gap the field and take his third win of the season and his third win in Detroit.

“I had a great night,” said Stewart. “I was able to get a victory and we didn’t have any weird situations. This is the first time we haven’t been down on the first lap in three races and it feels good. I really felt like we got better and better all day, and then in the main event, we really nailed it. I’ve got to thank the Yoshimura Suzuki team, they’ve been solid and behind me the whole time, and it’s been a rough couple of weeks. It was great to tie a legend like Ricky Carmichael for second on the all-time wins list and now we’ll come back for Toronto and see what we can do up there.”

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s next event is the 12th round of the 2014 AMA/FIM Supercross Championships on Saturday, March 22nd, at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Detroit 450 Supercross Results:

1.  James Stewart

2.  Ryan Villopoto

3.  Ryan Dungey

4.  Andrew Short

5.  Justin Barcia

6.  Broc Tickle

7.  Weston Peick

8.  Josh Hill

9.  Justin Brayton

10. Josh Grant

2014 450 Supercross Standings:

1.  Ryan Villopoto – 231

2.  Ryan Dungey – 201

3.  James Stewart – 182

4.  Ken Roczen – 181

5.  Justin Brayton – 167

6.  Andrew Short – 143

7.  Justin Barcia – 134

8.  Broc Tickle – 126

9.  Will Hahn – 115

10. Chad Reed – 111

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

http://youtu.be/IN2263ehCGY

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.

About Suzuki: Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. (SMAI) distributes Motorcycles, ATVs, Scooters, Outboard Motors and Automotive Parts and Accessories via an extensive dealer network throughout 49 states. SMAI’s supplier, Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC), based in Hamamatsu, Japan, is a diversified worldwide manufacturer of Motorcycles, ATVs, Scooters, Automobiles and Outboard Motors. Founded in 1909 and incorporated in 1920, SMC has 147 distributors in 201 countries. For more information, visit www.suzuki.com

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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