Stewart Re-Signs with Yoshimura Suzuki through 2016

James Stewart plans to finish his career on a Yoshimura Suzuki.

James Stewart plans to finish his career on a Yoshimura Suzuki.

James Stewart will not be able to race in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship this summer after his appeal for reinstatement was denied by the Court of Arbtration for Sport in Switzerland. PHOTO BY SCOTT ROUSSEAU
James Stewart.

Despite the controversy that has swirled around James Stewart for the last several months, Yoshimura Suzuki is apparently very happy with him, so much so that it has re-signed him through the end of the 2016 racing season.

Stewart will again contest the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series and the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship in 2016, but due to his much-publicized (and many have argued, unjust) FIM-imposed suspension, he is scheduled to compete in just two major events this year, the Red Bull Straight Rhythm in Pomona, California, October 11, and the Monster Energy Cup in Las Vegas, Nevada, October 17.

Stewart said that he plans to finish out his career with Suzuki.

“The team has been very supportive, and I can’t wait to get back on that bike and be around my guys each weekend,” Stewart said in a release issued by the team. “I’m really looking forward to coming back to racing. Since I was forced to step away for a time it’s made me realize how much I miss it and how much I want to be there. I still have that competitive spirit and want to get back and give my all in the final years of my career. I also thank all the fans and sponsors who’ve stuck by me. I’m ready to race. I can’t wait to see that first gate drop.”

Yoshimura’s Supercross/Motocross Team Manager Mike Webb said that the team is quite happy that it has reached an agreement with Stewart.

“Even when he [Stewart] wasn’t racing this past year, he’s been very supportive to the team and Suzuki, and has been instrumental in helping develop the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450. With James joining Blake [Baggett], we’re looking forward to having a full stable of strong riders for 2016.”