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STEWART BATTLES TO 4TH AT PHOENIX SX
Team Suzuki Press Office – January 13.
Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s James Stewart bounced back from last weekend’s high-speed crash to turn-in a first-class performance at Saturday’s second round of AMA/ FIM World Supercross Championship at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona.
Although the Yoshimura Suzuki rider was feeling under the weather, Stewart stepped-it-up for the Main Event and raced his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 to an impressive fourth-place result.
“I’ve had some good luck at Phoenix in the past,” said Stewart; one of only two riders to win in both the 450 and 250 classes at this venue. “So Phoenix has been pretty good to me.”
That said, Stewart still wasn’t feeling 100% going into the evening’s racing. And, just to add insult to injury, a get-off in practice resulted in mechanic Rene Zapata having to completely rebuild his bike prior to the heat race. In spite of this, Stewart still managed to finish fourth and transfer to the Main Event. Feeling admittedly fatigued at the start of the 20-lap Main, Stewart struggled off the gate but he also put his head down and charged through the field, sizing-up the competition and then picking them off one-by-one.
“Overall it was a long day,” said Stewart. “On Thursday, I was out testing and started feeling bad. Saturday was probably the worst I’ve felt. On top of being sick, I didn’t get a good start in the Main Event. I literally could’ve fallen over on the gate, I was so tired and weak. But we ended up fourth and I feel good about that. Considering how bad I felt, to still get a top-five was nice. And I’m glad to walk out of Phoenix with some valuable points. I knew two bad weekends in a row wouldn’t be good for any title hopes, so I did what I had to do. I’ve also got to give it up to the Yoshimura Suzuki team for believing in me and fighting through it. Now, I’m going to go back and rest-up and be ready for Anaheim 2.”
Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s next event is the third round of the 2014 AMA/ FIM Supercross Championship on Saturday, January 18th at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California.
Phoenix Supercross Image Gallery:
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Phoenix 450 Supercross Results:
1. Ryan Villopoto (Kawasaki)
2. Justin Brayton (Yamaha)
3. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
James Stewart (Yoshimura Suzuki)
5. Justin Barcia (Honda)
6. Ken Roczen (KTM)
7. Andrew Short (KTM)
8. Broc Tickle (RCH Suzuki)
9. Chad Reed (Kawasaki)
10. William Hahn (Honda)
450 Supercross Standings
Phoenix “Behind The Scenes Race Report” Video:
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