Yoshimura Suzuki's James Stewart 15th in Return At Spring Creek MX

James Stewart makes his return in round 8

James Stewart made his return to competition in round eight of the 12-event Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Saturday at Spring Creek MX Park in Millville, Minnesota. Stewart raced his Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing RM-Z450 to a solid 10th-place finish in the first moto. His 10-35 moto finishes put him 15th overall.

James Stewart, Spring Creek MX Park, Millville, Yoshimura Suzuki
Stewart placed 10th in the first moto at Spring Creek and 35th in the second moto for an overall 15th.Photography by Jake Klingensmith

Stewart was the lone rider for the Yoshimura Suzuki this weekend, as both Blake Baggett and fill-in rider, Matt Bisceglia, are out with injury.

Stewart showed that in spite of his long layoff from injury and then awaiting the birth of his son, he still could still tap into the power of the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 and click off a strong lap, which he did in qualifying, clocking a 2:15.635 on the Spring Creek track, good enough for eighth fastest out of 81 riders.

In the first moto Stewart fought to gain back his race footing, battled well for positions and ended up 10th.

“I got an okay start and then got passed by a few guys,” Stewart explained. “I kind of settled in and passed a few more guys and some of them went down and I got tenth. It was pretty solid. With all the stuff going on in my personal life I haven’t’ been able to ride as much. The second moto I was trying, but almost hit the deck a few times. It got to the point where I pulled out and I was bummed out about that.”

James Stewart, Spring Creek MX Park, Millville, Yoshimura Suzuki
Stewart was happy to make a return from his injury but was a lone rider for the Yoshimura Suzuki team since the other riders were still out with injuries.Photography by Jake Klingensmith

Despite the difficult second moto Stewart said it felt good to be back competing again and he’s looking forward to gradual gains in the coming rounds. “I’m happy to be back out here racing,” he said. “I know what I need to do and that’s get more seat time to be able to race. The track was tough all day, especially in that second moto. I want to thank the team. I’m going to keep pushing here and building up and I think Washougal should be better for sure.”

The series now moves cross country to the Pacific Northwest next Saturday, July 23rd for the Washougal National at the scenic Washougal Motocross Park. Live coverage begins at 1:00 pm Eastern on www.promotocross.com. The motos can also be viewed on MAVTV and NBCSN.