James Stewart, Kyle Regal Out for Hangtown

May 18, 2011
JC Hilderbrand
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Hilde is holding down the fort at MotoUSA's Southern Oregon HQ. With world-class dirt bike and ATV trails just minutes away, the hardest part is getting him to focus on the keyboard. Two wheels or four, it doesn't matter to our Off-Road Editor so long as it goes like hell in the dirt.

James Stewart: We didnt end the season like we thought we would.  got a good start but struggled through the whoops. I dropped the front end. I have been crashing a lot in the whoops lately and Im not really sure what is going on. We will keep trying to get better. We have some other things going on now that I am excited about. Its a bummer year but what doesnt kill you makes you stronger. I appreciate all the support Ive had this year and well step it up.
Kyle Regal on his L M Yamaha.
James Stewart (top) and Kyle
Regal (above) will sit out until
further notice.

Rumors have been confirmed by a Team San Manuel press release that James Stewart and Kyle Regal will not be on the starting line at Hangtown. Despite testing for the outdoor Nationals since finishing fourth in the 2011 AMA Supercross Championship, Stewart had this to say about his motocross postponement:

“Everyone witnessed the way I struggled during the Supercross series this year and while I’d like to race this weekend, we just aren’t ready. I hope fans will understand. The decision has been very hard to make, but we won’t race till we’re ready.”

That’s right, not only are they missing the first round, but until they are “ready” the San Manuel Yamaha boys are sidelined indefinitely. Stewart was supposed to race the final four events of the 2010 outdoor season, but he pulled the plug after only one (3-DNF at Unadilla) due to some miscommunications with Team USA’s MXdN committee. As for this time around, it doesn’t look good with the PR stating: “The Team will continue to evaluate the remainder of the 2011 schedule before any decision is made regarding what events they will participate in.”

Missing out on Bubba isn’t the only bummer. Regal scored second place in the second motos at the Freestone and Spring Creek Nationals last season so he knows how to put it down on a MX track. Try hitting them up on Facebook or Twitter, do we need a petition or something? Who knows what it will take to get these guys to come out, but win or lose, ready or not, fans want to see two of the sport’s top riders.

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