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Stewart considers Atlanta race an accomplishment

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A 14th-place finish would not normally solicit a smile from Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing‰Ûªs James Stewart, but considering the Atlanta Supercross on Saturday, in front of 61,683 at the Georgia Dome, marked the first Monster Energy AMA Supercross finish in nearly two years for the former champion, he viewed the race as an accomplishment.

Stewart finished the race in Atlanta hampered physically after jamming his knee in a qualifying race earlier in the evening. Many riders might have called it a night, but Stewart was determined to get a finish and he soldiered on even though he was far from 100 per cent. For Stewart, Atlanta marked what he hopes will be the beginning of a climb back to competitiveness after battling back from injury this season, which kept him off the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 for most of the year.

In Atlanta the results were not quite what fans have come to expect from one of the all-time greats of AMA Supercross, but as Stewart later explained, top results were not his primary goal on this night. He simply wanted to compete and get a race finish under his belt. The goal may have been modest, but to come back from what Stewart has gone through, he was happy to accomplish what he set out to do.

Stewart finished timed qualifying in 12th. He then ran second in his heat race before crashing late. That put him in the semi where he qualified for the Main Event, but in the process he badly jammed his knee. Even though there was considerable discomfort, he was doggedly determined to race, and finish.
James Stewart
He ran in the top 10 early on in the Main and eventually finished 14th. The fact of where he finished didn‰Ûªt matter as much as it normally might - Stewart was content for now just to get back into the swing of racing.

‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm just happy to be back and playing in the dirt,‰Û
James Stewart

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