Team Suzuki Press Office – April 15. Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s James Stewart to a well-earned second place in front of a packed and enthusiastic Pacific Northwest crowd at round 15 of the 2014 AMA/ FIM World Supercross Championship at Seattle’s CenturyLink Field on Saturday night.
Although Stewart came into the weekend not quite 100 per cent, he still managed to put forth a solid effort in qualifying and pick-up his 10th heat race victory of the season. In the 20-lap Main Event, Stewart got a good start and overtook a podium position right away. Turning aggressive laps on his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450, Stewart was riding on the edge as he quickly moved into second position and then continued to charge hard and bring home a podium finish.
“Today was a bit of a struggle,” said Stewart. “I never could really get comfortable with changes we made to the bike. I was trying to make-up time in the race, but it was really easy to override the track because of the ruts. I’m not quite 100 per cent yet but I felt like I rode good, so this was kind of a bummer. But we’ve still got two races left and I’m looking forward to having a week off to get totally healthy. I have to thank the Yoshimura Suzuki team for their hard work and for standing by me. We’re second in the overall championship points and I’m just looking forward to going into the last two races of the season strong.”
Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing takes a weekend off prior to their next event, the 16th round of the 2014 AMA/ FIM World Supercross Championship on Saturday, April 26th at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Seattle 450 Supercross Results:
1. Ryan Villopoto (Kawasaki)
2. James Stewart (Yoshimura Suzuki)
3. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
4. Eli Tomac (Honda)
5. Justin Barcia (Honda)
6. Trey Canard (Honda)
7. Ken Roczen (KTM)
8. Andrew Short (KTM)
9. Josh Hill (RCH Suzuki)
10. Mike Alessi (Suzuki)