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YOSHIMURA SUZUKI’S JAMES STEWART CELEBRATES SECOND PLACE FINISH AT OAKLAND SUPERCROSS
January 27, 2014
OAKLAND, CA (January 27, 2014) - Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing's James Stewart turned in an outstanding performance at round four of the 2014 AMA/FIM Supercross Championships at O.Co Coliseum in Oakland, CA, on Saturday night. Finally getting over the cold that has plagued him for the last few rounds, Stewart raced his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 to second place and picked up his second podium finish of the season.
Stewart came into the weekend having won twice before in Oakland. Feeling healthy and confident, the Yoshimura Suzuki rider qualified second fastest and then holeshot his heat race and took the win. In the 20-lap main event, Stewart overcame a rough start and worked his way through the field on his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450. By the race’s halfway point, he’d moved into a podium position and then was awarded the Progressive Pass of the Race when he overtook second place. Although he considered making a late-race charge, he decided to hold tight and finish on the podium.
“The race at Oakland was good,” said Stewart. “I pulled the holeshot in the heat race and got the win. Then we went back and made some changes to the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 before the main event. But then I blew the start so I had to make some passes and take some chances. I slowly made my way up and got around most of the guys one by one. I was closing in on the lead little by little and then almost crashed in the whoops and decided that finishing second would be OK. I wanted to be smart and be there every weekend. I’m happy with two seconds in a row. I felt good and it showed in the main event, but we’ll keep on working toward getting the win at Anaheim 3.”
Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s next event is the fifth round of the 2014 AMA/FIM Supercross Championships on Saturday, February 1st, at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA.
Oakland 450 Supercross Results:
1. Ryan Villopoto
2. James Stewart
3. Chad Reed
4. Ryan Dungey
5. Justin Brayton
6. Ken Roczen
7. Justin Barcia
8. Will Hahn
9. Jake Weimer
10. Andrew Short
Check out the Oakland “Behind The Scenes Race Report” at
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