News 24 May 2016

Injured Stewart aiming to race-on at Glen Helen

Former champion refusing to quit despite ongoing difficulties.

Source: Supplied.

Source: Supplied.

Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart is hopeful he will be fit enough to continue racing at Glen Helen’s second round of the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross this weekend.

Stewart ran in 14th in the early going of moto one when, on lap five, he crashed and had heavy impact of the shoulder. The injury was painful enough that he didn’t attempt to race in the second moto.

“I had a decent practice, but got a horrible start in the first moto,” Stewart said. “I was just riding around trying to get comfortable. I came across the mechanic’s area and the next thing I know I was grabbing and hanging on to my bike trying to hug it. I went off this steep embankment and landed on my shoulder.

“I’m bummed. I keep putting in all this work and things keep happening – I can’t quit. As hard as it is now, I refuse to quit. I know I’m not done. I’m going to go back to work after I have my shoulder checked out. I’ll see how I feel. Hopefully I can get back into action next week. I’ll be back, it’s just another setback.”

Hangtown produced a double-blow for the factory Yoshimura Suzuki when, after finishing the opening moto in third, Stewart’s teammate Blake Baggett broke his collarbone in the second outing.