James Stewart to sit out rest of AMA MX Season

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s James Stewart will miss the rest of the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship after reinjuring his shoulder in practice prior to Unadilla. Stewart was hoping to race the final two rounds of the series, but the combination of his fitness level and the nagging shoulder injury, which was incurred at the Hangtown National in May, leaves him unable to attempt competing.

Yoshimura Suzuki will close out the season with Matt Bisceglia continuing to fill-in for the squad in the final pair of races of 2016 at Budds Creek, Maryland this Saturday and in Crawfordsville, Indiana on August 27.

James Stewart
James Stewart

“The team decided it was best for Stewart to not attempt competing in the last two rounds,” said Mike Webb, Yoshimura Suzuki team manager. “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.”

James Stewart
James Stewart

Yoshimura Suzuki’s Blake Baggett also was sidelined earlier this season with injury.

“The reality is that motocross is a tough sport and this kind of thing is not uncommon,” Webb continued. “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. We’re hoping he can continue his strong momentum in the final two events.”

James Stewart
James Stewart