Team Suzuki Press Office – April 29. The first-ever AMA/ FIM World Supercross race at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, was a tough one for Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s James Stewart.
The two-time Supercross Champion came into the penultimate round of the series second in the overall championship points. But after turning-in two solid qualifying sessions and finishing second in his heat race, the Yoshimura Suzuki rider twisted his left knee on the third lap of the Main Event and was forced to pull out of Saturday night’s race.
“This was a bummer,” said Yoshimura Suzuki Team Manager Mike Webb. “James was about fourth into the first turn but then he got shuffled around and came out about ninth. Then he worked his way up and was going for fourth when he went into the off-camber turn and lost the front end and planted his leg. He twisted his knee pretty good and so he pulled off. It’s a pretty bad twist but we don’t know the extent right now, so we’re going to get it checked-out next week. Hopefully, we’ll be good to go. Right now, we’re keeping our fingers crossed and looking forward to getting ready for Motocross.”
Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s next event is the 17th and final round of the 2014 AMA/ FIM World Supercross Championships on Saturday, May 3rd at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada.
New Jersey 450 Supercross Results:
1. Ryan Villopoto (Kawasaki)
2. Eli Tomac (Honda)
3. Josh Hill (RCH Suzuki)
4. Justin Barcia (Honda)
5. Ken Roczen (KTM)
6. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
7. Mike Alessi (Suzuki)
8. Andrew Short (KTM)
9. Trey Canard (Honda)
10. Weston Peick (Suzuki)