Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing's James Stewart
announced today that he will sit out the last three rounds of the 2013 AMA/ FIM World Supercross Championship
season in order to fully recover from injury.
At last weekend's Minneapolis
race, the 27 year old suffered a get-off and tweaked the wrist he'd initially injured at the end of the 2012 AMA Pro Motocross season. He expects to be rested, fully-fit and ready to race at the season-opening round of AMA Pro Motocross in May.
Said Stewart: "The decision to sit out the last few races is a tough one for all of us. The Supercross season hasn't been going the best, but I've been having a great time racing, thanks to the fans and my Yoshimura Suzuki team. They've all been supporting me the whole time. So to have this last little injury - I hurt my wrist in the heat race and then again in the Main Event - was a disappointment. I think this is the smart decision for us overall and now I'm going to focus on recovering and getting ready for the Motocross season. I'm psyched to be on the gate for Hangtown and now I just want to get the 2013 AMA Pro Motocross Championship."
Although Stewart's 2013 Supercross season ended prematurely, the Yoshimura Suzuki rider turned in a solid performance, nonetheless. With his win at Atlanta's Georgia Dome, Stewart became one of just three racers ever to have gone nine straight seasons with a win. Additionally, the 2013 Supercross season saw Stewart race his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450
to podium finishes at both the St. Louis and Indianapolis events. He also won eight of his heat races this year and he was the fastest qualifier at seven events.
Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing's next race is round one of the 2013 AMA Pro Motocross Championships on Saturday, May 18th at the Hangtown Motocross Classic in Sacramento, California.