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YOSHIMURA SUZUKI’S JAMES STEWART CAPTURES FIRST SUPERCROSS PODIUM OF 2014 AT ANAHEIM

January 20, 2014

ANAHEIM, CA (January 20, 2014) - Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing's James Stewart celebrated his first podium finish of the 2014 AMA/FIM Supercross season on Saturday night at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA. Although Stewart still struggled with lingering illness, the Yoshimura Suzuki rider pushed through it and raced his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 to a well-earned second place at the second of three Anaheim rounds.

Although Yoshimura Suzuki's Stewart wasn’t 100 percent all day, he still qualified third fastest in the premier 450 class. He went on to get a good start in his six-lap heat race and pulled into the lead right off the bat. Taking advantage of a clear track, Stewart pulled a gap and rode six perfect laps on his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 to claim his first heat race win of the season. In the 20-lap main event, Stewart again got a good start on his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 and slotted quickly into second place. He went on to lead the race and fend off aggressive attacks from the competition before eventually finishing second.

“In all honesty, I was just a tick off all day,” said Stewart. “I was happy to win my heat race and I rode pretty good in the main event. I led for a little while and the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 was running great. But then a guy got by me with about three or four laps left. It’s frustrating to lose like that but I’m happy to be on the podium for the first time this year. I’m still fighting this cold but I’m getting stronger. So right now, it’s about limiting my mistakes, not throwing it away and getting what I can get. I’m just looking forward to going to Oakland and making things happen.”

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s next event is the fourth round of the 2014 AMA/FIM Supercross Championship on Saturday, January 25th, at O.Co Coliseum in Oakland, CA.

 

Anaheim 2 450 Supercross Results:

1.  Chad Reed

2.  James Stewart

3.  Ken Roczen

4.  Justin Brayton

5.  Ryan Villopoto

6.  Ryan Dungey

7.  Weston Peick

8.  Josh Hill

9.  Andrew Short

10. Jake Weimer

 

2013 450 Supercross Standings:

1.  Ken Roczen

2.  Ryan Villopoto

3.  Chad Reed

4.  Ryan Dungey

5.  Justin Brayton

6.  James Stewart

7.  Justin Barcia

8.  Andrew Short

9.  William Hahn

10. Broc Tickle

 

Check out the Anaheim 2 “Behind The Scenes Race Report” at

http://youtu.be/ETnoXRkdVnE

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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