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Yoshimura Suzuki Racing
2014 YOSHIMURA SUZUKI FACTORY RACING
Last year marked James Stewart’s first full season with the Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing Team, and the multi-time AMA Supercross and Motocross Champion did not disappoint. In 2013, Yoshimura Suzuki’s Stewart celebrated multiple milestones in both AMA Supercross and Motocross and also raced his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 to a number of victories and podium finishes. Now, as Stewart heads into the 2014 racing season, the Yoshimura Suzuki rider is focused on improving his already impressive past performance.
This year, Stewart will again campaign the premiere 450 classes in both AMA Supercross and Motocross. Naturally, his weapon of choice will be the 2014 Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450. Since its debut, the RM-Z450 has been one of the most dominant four-stroke motocross bikes ever produced. Once Stewart was added to the mix, the pair became a fiercely competitive combination.
Also as was the case last year, Stewart will be the sole representative for Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing in 2014. Although this is somewhat uncommon for the championship-winning team, Stewart has a solid reputation not only for being a positive ambassador for the team but also for the sport overall.
Yoshimura Suzuki Team Manager Mike Webb also returns this year to successfully pick up with Stewart where they left off last year. Webb has already led Suzuki to 22 major Off-Road Championships as that team’s longtime manager and he is eager to add Supercross and Motocross titles to his lengthy and impressive resume.
As Suzuki’s Supercross/Motocross team continues to evolve, both Stewart and the rest of the crew benefit greatly from their extensive partnership with Yoshimura, the performance giant behind Suzuki’s amazing championship domination in AMA Superbike racing. Yoshimura knows racing.
Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s James Stewart
From the moment that James Stewart first joined the Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing Team in an unprecedented 2012 mid-season move, there was no holding him back. The championship-winning rider threw a leg over the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 and promptly went out and won the first four AMA Motocross motos that he raced, despite not having competed in the series for several years. From there, it was on.
In the 2013 AMA Supercross Championship series, Stewart turned in a stellar performance on the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 and achieved several career high points. The most impressive of these was becoming one of just three racers ever to go nine straight seasons with a win, thanks to his victory at Atlanta’s Georgia Dome. In addition to this, Stewart picked up podium finishes at both the St. Louis and Indianapolis events. Finally, he culminated the year by capturing the stand-alone Monster Energy Cup Championship in his first-ever attempt at the prestigious race.
Similarly successful in last year’s AMA Motocross Championship series, Stewart raced his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 to overall victory at the Spring Creek National and finished on the podium at three additional events. He was also fastest qualifier in multiple rounds and wrapped up the season fifth overall, despite missing the final race of the season. An added bonus was that Stewart’s prowess at starts netted him five holeshots and, in turn, the 2013 Motorcycle-Superstore Holeshot Championship.
“Last season, we had some ups and downs but overall it was good,” said Stewart. “I felt like we really started to gel as a team toward the end of the year and we found a good setup on the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 that I felt comfortable with. Now our goal is to just build on that momentum as we go into 2014. During the off-season, I’ve been training at home in Florida and focusing on being consistent and doing my normal program. Now I’m just looking forward to staying healthy and being competitive all year.”
Now, as Stewart prepares for the 2014 season, he is excited about racing in both AMA Supercross and Motocross aboard the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450. Having successfully completed his first year with a new team and machine, nothing can stop Stewart in 2014.
Rider: James StewartNumber: 7Class: AMA Supercross and MotorcrossMotorcycle:
Yoshimura Suzuki Fuel-Injected RM-Z450