News 14 Jan 2019

Stewart suffers broken femur in heavy Glendale fall

Season prematurely concludes for 450SX contender.

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Malcolm Stewart has suffered a broken femur as a result of his heavy fall at Saturday night’s second round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship in Glendale.

Stewart was battling for position when an error throughout the whoops saw him crash heavily into the following rhythm section, causing the race to be red-flagged as he was stretchered off the circuit by the Alpinestars Mobile Medical Unit.

The popular number 27, who had been displaying strong form in the first two outings of the season, has undergone surgery and will immediately commence his road to recovery.

“Such a bummer on what happened last night,” Stewart said in a statement. “Surgery this AM on [my] femur! We will be back better than ever. Sorry I let you guys down. I appreciate all the prayers you guys sent me – I’ll give you guys an update soon.”

It’s a bitter blow for the 26-year-old after landing his first full-time supercross deal in the premier class with Smarttop Bull Frog Spas MotoConcepts Honda. At A1, Stewart held down second for much of the main before a mistake pushed him back to seventh.

Following the restart at Glendale, the race was eventually won by Blake Baggett (Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM), marking his first victory in the 450SX division.