Supercross 2016 : James Stewart Sidelined Indefinitely

Byron Wilson | February 3, 2016

Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart came into the 2016 Supercross round at Oakland ready to try to get back in the action following a big crash and concussion in the opening round at Anaheim. Stewart made the main and was in top-five standing early on, but mid-race decided to pull out of competition. A team PR later explained that Stewart was suffering from blurred vision.

Stewart has now released a statement on his Facebook page indicating that he is going to stay sidelined until he is back to 100% health. In the post, Stewart acknowledges that he didn’t feel quite right from the first practice in Oakland, but pushed on in an effort to ride through the issues. He goes on to state that he rushed his return and that the frustration and disappointment he experienced at having to pull out of a race has compelled him to stay out of competition until he is ready to race at his full potential.

“It could be this weekend, or a month from now but I’m gonna do what’s best for me and not what’s best for the rest,” he explained in the Facebook post.

“I came back to race and have fun this year and racing when I can’t function 100% isn’t racing or fun…So I’ll be back when I can do both of those things like the real JS7 does!”

To read the full post, head over to James Stewart’s Facebook page here. We’ll keep you posted on when he plans to return to action.

James Stewart New Jersey 2014


Byron Wilson

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