Motocross

James Stewart fit and healthy for Hangtown AMA Motocross opener

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Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing's James Stewart is healthy, healed, and eagerly looking forward to this weekend's action-packed 2013 AMA Pro Motocross season opening round at Hangtown in Sacramento, California.

Although Stewart opted out of the last three AMA/ FIM World Supercross rounds when he tweaked his already-injured wrist at the Minneapolis race, the Yoshimura Suzuki rider still finished in the top 10 in the overall championship points. Since then, he took some much-needed time off to recover and came back with a vengeance, focusing his considerable efforts on training and testing on the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450.

"After Minneapolis when I hurt my wrist again, it was a struggle," admitted Stewart. "With trying to rehab my wrist, I decided to take the last couple of rounds off and be as close to 100% as possible for Motocross. Even though Supercross didn't go the way I had planned, I fell in love with my Yoshimura Suzuki team and I had a great time. We had some ups and downs, but we also had some great moments, whether that was winning or just accomplishing a goal together as a team.

"I was definitely bummed to sit out, but that gave me a chance to take a break, rehab my wrist and get ready for Hangtown. Last year, we came into the series and I only had a few days on the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 and now I've had a few weeks. I love racing Motocross, it's got a more relaxed family-oriented atmosphere, there's more time to focus on bike set-up and the racing is really fun. I'm looking forward to Hangtown and to the whole season."

By the conclusion of the 2013 Supercross season, Stewart had captured the win at Atlanta's Georgia Dome, becoming one of just three racers ever to go nine straight seasons with a win. Additionally, he raced his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 to podium finishes in St. Louis and Indianapolis, won eight of his heat races; and was the fastest qualifier at seven events.

James Stewart fit and ready for Hangtown. Credit: Suzuki

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