News 19 Aug 2016

This year's Pro Motocross season over for Stewart

Round one shoulder injury ends factory Suzuki rider's season early.

Image: Simon Cudby.

Image: Simon Cudby.

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s James Stewart will not return for the remaining two rounds of the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.

Initially injuring his shoulder at Hangtown’s season opener, Stewart has raced just three of the 12 scheduled rounds this season.

According to Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing team manager, Mike Webb, the team felt it was best to sideline Stewart for the remainder of the series.

“The team decided it was best for Stewart to not attempt competing in the last two rounds,” said Webb. “It’s been a disappointing year for James and the team. It just seemed like every time he started to comeback, he’d hit another roadblock. We want to see James get back to full health.”

With factory Suzuki regular, Blake Baggett, also out of action due to a shoulder injury, the team will finish out the season with fill-in rider and 450 Class rookie, Matt Bisceglia.

“On the positive side we were able to bring in Matt and he’s done an outstanding job as a substitute rider, scoring three-top 10 finishes in his first season racing the 450s,” he added. “We’re hoping he can continue his strong momentum in the final two events.”

Stewart currently sits 29th overall in the 450 Class standings after scoring just 23 points during the 2016 motocross series.