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Stewart Withdraws from Motocross

Wednesday, August 25, 2010
James Stewart has officially withdrawn from AMA Motocross competition, the San Manuel Yamaha rider not returning to racing action until the 2011 Supercross season. A team press release cites slow recovery of Stewart’s broken wrist, which terminated his previous Supercross campaign and the Motocross season thus far, as the determining factor in the decision.
James Stewart
Injured for seven months, James Stewart will stay out of action after a brief return at Unadilla, the Yamaha star sitting out the rest of the 2010 AMA Motocross season.

Stewart made a much-heralded return to Motocross last round at Unadilla. The former champ logged a third-place result in the first moto, tussling over second with FIM MX wild card Clemente Desalle. Stewart was unable to finish the second moto, however, pulling off the track after four laps. An official statement from Team San Manuel Yamaha announcing his permanent exit from the 2010 season explained the Unadilla Moto 2 DNF as “lack of physical preparation and challenges with the bike set up forced him off the track in Moto 2.”

In the statement, Stewart goes on to issue a formal apology to fans and sponsors: “I hope my fans will understand. I have said before that I wanted to be on the track starting in Sacramento. But the slow healing nature of my wrist injury made it impossible to do that. Watching race after race and not being a part of the series was very hard. All along my motivation was to get back to racing and return to the Motocross National Series for my fans and sponsors. The reality is, though my wrist is feeling great, I’m not ready to race at this level. As much as I’d like to be out there, I need more time to prepare so that I don’t put my entire career at risk by getting injured again. A younger James might not have been mature enough to make this decision, but I’ve learned a lot in recent years and sometimes you have to do what’s right, despite what’s in your heart. I’d like to apologize to my fans, the Outdoor National series and my sponsors. You've been incredibly supportive of me throughout these recent months. I am sorry if what I’ve said or done has disappointed anyone in any way, but I'll be back on the track at Anaheim 1 and ready to race. I plan to work hard over the next few months and do what I know I need to do to prepare for a chance at the next Supercross Championship title”

Team San Manuel Yamaha Team Manager Larry Brooks goes on to say: “We had every intention of racing Southwick and beyond, but sometimes you have to see the bigger picture and make a decision based on what’s right, not on what you’d like to do at the time. We’re a Team and we have to do what we feel is best to ensure we have every opportunity to win the next Championship.”

James Stewart has finally made his return to racing after seven months of recovery. He came out swinging  posting the fastest time in qualifying practice.
Passed over for the Motocross of Nations squad, Stewart is now gone for the remaining Motocross Nationals.
Stewart made headlines after Unadilla when he criticized his being passed over for the 2010 Motocross of Nations squad. In earlier statement from Team San Manuel Yamaha regarding the MXoN snub (Stewart Feels ‘Lied to’ Over MXoN Decision), Stewart went so far as to say “I feel like I was straight-up lied to.” The statement also made clear that a factor in Stewart’s return for the final four motos of the 2010 season was his chances of making the MXoN team.

“But the other main reason I chose to come back for the last four, beginning with Unadilla, was because of a discussion I had with the decision makers for Team USA in Colorado this year regarding the Red Bull Motocross of Nations. At the time, I was told that if I was to make my recovery, begin testing, and get back to racing by Unadilla, that I would be given a spot (or at least a shot at a spot) for the final team. Being on the MXoN team in the past has been one of the greatest experiences of my entire career, so after they told me I had a shot, my team and I were excited, and began to get ready to race outdoors!”

With Stewart’s withdrawal from the remaining MX rounds and his absence from the MXoN, J Stew fans will have to wait until the January 8th opener at Anaheim 1 to see Number 7 back in action.

So readers – what do you read between the lines in these off-track politics? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Richmond,CA -BLACK BUBBA STEWART  December 27, 2010 10:47 AM
OU812 -Did Jamsie hurt your feelings :(  August 31, 2010 03:29 PM
Your feelings are just hurt cause you were exhited to watch stewey and then he let you down. If you don't care then why comment? Now your heart broke mad and lashing out. Everyone knows he quit cause he couldn't obtain the goal. Your all hurt cause you got dumped by James Stewart.
Tom -Canadian Fan lost respect for Stewart  August 31, 2010 06:28 AM
What a pussy. Once he relaized he couldnt hang with Dungey. the bitch quit. I hope that he never gets mentioned in the same sentence with RC and McGrath. GO AWAY NOW JAMES. You let your fans down and your nation whatever that might be. US or Africa.
Bubba Gump -Bubba bye bye  August 30, 2010 09:26 AM
Liked the guy til I saw the reality show. Bye Bubba, maybe if you rode the bike more it could have been set up to your needs.
SN22 -Wow.....  August 30, 2010 07:27 AM
What ever happened to guys riding because they love to ride? I know things change when you are being paid to ride professionally but theres no hunger in most kids these days. All they are worried about is tweeting and facebooking and playing video games and it shows in all of these supercross only contracts. There's no heart in it anymore, nobody wants to put in the work and dedication. James is simply quitting because he's not on the MXDN team. They didn't choose him so he's saying F'you back to them by not participating. Using bike setup as an excuse is so lame, I'm sure with all the resources at Yamaha and all the years of experiance they can setup a bike for outdoor MX, geezus, its not rocket science. If I was one of his sponsors I'd be gone.....I'd be giving my marketing and sponsorship dollars to a young rider who actually has heart and can finish races, not make excuses. I think he's not riding because his ego is so big he can't carry it around and ride a bike too. Him and Lebron should move to miami and make some stupid reality show with Snooki and all those other reality show lamo's.....he won't make it thru half of the SX season, mark my words. James who????
Paul -Supercross only team my ass!  August 29, 2010 02:08 PM
Think about this. 80% Of the riders on the track at any givin national are privateers on production bikes. 80% of THEM don't even have major sponsorships, yet there out giving it 100% and damn glad to be there! To say San Manual Yamaha can't set up a bike for outdoors is beyond lame! Stewart's talent is unquestionable, but I've got no respect for him as a racer. What a PUSSY!

Martin -President  August 29, 2010 01:19 PM
stewart who?...
shane -SF4  August 28, 2010 12:42 PM
he is no different than any other rider (even your favorite) in thinking of whats in his best interest short term and long term, what would he prove by racing the last couple outdoor events? any fool knows he's the fastest behind Villopoto, so should he risk supercross to prove that to you, and yes at his speed a step above dungey the risk of injury is high, why do you think dungey only pushes just enough to win, but really you gotta ask yourseld who is dungey really beating, you gotta be real-stewey's first race back and he's running 2-3 and if you know any thing about lap times and racing he was clearly faster than dungey who had a clear track in front of him, stewart is not even my favorite rider but i want him to be around as long as possible for the sake of good competition, a lot of you guys are just whining cause you feel stood up, it's like your really mad cause you cant watch him ride, i too am disapointed but not mad, dont be so immature just because you didnt get what you wanted, think of whats best for the sport and the riders, are you going to cry if Villopotium decides not to run the last out race as he proposed? your underlying emotional motive for your complaining is obvious to everyone "YOU LOVE TO WATCH HIM RIDE" we get it but you need to think of more than just the emotional feeling you get from watching him go insanely fast, besides you dont loose his kind of speed and talent overnight "BE REAL"!!!!!!!!!!!!! So hold your pants on and come supercross you'll get to see your favorite love to hate rider spank dungey, dungey is great but he is not that fast.
Jason -Stewart fan  August 27, 2010 10:51 AM
Disappointed to say the least. Hoping he would ride his way into shape. He has to dominate this sx season, or we will all forget how fast he really is. Oh well, looks like another boring mx season with one guy dominating.
Jmizzle -My Interpretation  August 26, 2010 01:11 PM
James Stewart isn't continuing motocross since he won't be on the MX des Nations USA Team, and because he realized that he can't hang with Dungey...at least not outdoors. Instead maybe he'll film another dumb TV series and continue icing his wrist until SX starts up again.
mOtO zOid -MATT  August 26, 2010 12:31 PM
MATT, sorry dude; I could write a story about a dog turd laying in the yard, however most people would not agree that this is news.

What the majority of readers are saying is that the story of the dog turd and stewart crap is equivalent.

Tim B -Prima Donna Drama Queen  August 26, 2010 10:33 AM
He needs a new nickname. How about bitch?

He pretty much admitted to only coming back to MX so he could make the MX des Nations team. When that didn't happen he whined. Now he is dropping out of MX because the US MX des Nations team doesn't want him and his desire to work hard to win has been lost. Sometimes that's what happens when wins come too easy - you lose the will.

For his own good and his image, Stewart should considering retiring now and going elsewhere. Many of us are sick of him.
Matt -Moto Zoid  August 26, 2010 09:23 AM
How is this not real news? Stewart keeps making the news.
mike -bike set up  August 26, 2010 09:12 AM
dont care for stewart at all.i was at dilla,that bike was deflecting all over the place.needs to work on set up,not quit!!!
Ride Red -LOL  August 26, 2010 08:15 AM
Washed up at 24
BillyBob -WEAK!!  August 26, 2010 07:16 AM
An embarrassment to all who ride blue,,,personally I'm sick of these elitist factory riders who make excuses every time out and have the sac of a 6 yr old.
mOtO zOid -tHIS STUFF IS GETTING OLD  August 26, 2010 06:06 AM
adam - motousa -james stewart is old news  August 25, 2010 11:28 PM
R34 -Hmmm...  August 25, 2010 10:16 PM
He's scared of Dungey...plain and simple
Jay -Excuses excuses  August 25, 2010 09:05 PM
WTF. Why is everybody such PU-C's these days? Shut up and race. Everything is such a damn drama show anymore. What happened to the days of race gas and men racing? Maybe Stewpot should make his comeback in WMX.
Guy -He's full of himself - took his ball and went home...  August 25, 2010 07:25 PM
He should take a lesson from Rossi... Injured, no chance to finish in first place. No crying or blame, just the love of the sport and wanting to race. That is a true champion, not a ego money-loving chump.
Kevin -I just don't buy it  August 25, 2010 06:45 PM
Okay, your wrist hurts. You are a professional athlete, making big money, with sponsors paying big money to support your racing (and their advertising). You can't run, cycle, swim (maybe), and ride at 80-85% to get in shape so when your wrist is 100% you are ready to race? Okay, so maybe you’re not guaranteed the win or the podium but isn't that getting you in shape for the SX season and for MX races further out. So you're not in contender shape physically but your body is healed and healthy. Go race and accept your fifth place or whatever. Who cares? But don't bs us saying "you're not prepared" or "I'm mature enough to make this decision these days" when the reality is you found out you didn't get a spot on the MXoN do you quit the rest of the MX season. And if your SX only team, a team supporting the best rider in the world, can't setup a bike competitively for MX (and I'm sure they had more than a weeks notice) then maybe they should not be supporting a rider of his caliber. I don't buy it.