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Multi-Year Agreement with Suzuki for Famed Supercross and Motocross Champion


CHINO, CA (June 17, 2015) – Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing has reached a multi-year agreement with James Stewart to contest both AMA/FIM Supercross and AMA Pro Motocross Championships.  Stewart will compete aboard a Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing RM-Z450 beginning with the Redbull Straight Rhythm in Pomona, CA on October 11, 2015, the Monster Energy Cup in Las Vegas on October 17, 2015 and then in the AMA Supercross and Motocross championships beginning in 2016.


Stewart boasts a Hall of Fame worthy credentials – a multi-time AMA Supercross and Motocross Champion as well as AMA Athlete of the Year award winner; in 2014 he became the first rider in 450 Supercross history to win at least one Supercross main event in 10 consecutive seasons.


He extends his time with a manufacturer in Suzuki and a team in Yoshimura with rich traditions of winning championships. Teamed with up-and-coming rider Blake Baggett, Yoshimura Suzuki looks to have one of the most impressive rider lineups in AMA Supercross and Motocross.


“I’m happy to finish out my career with Suzuki,” Stewart said. “The team has been very supportive and I can’t wait to get back on that bike and be around my guys each weekend. 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.”

Stewart will once again be racing Suzuki’s powerful and agile handling RM-Z450 and Yoshimura’s Supercross/Motocross Team Manager Mike Webb is looking forward to having James back on the machine.


“We’re very happy to put this agreement together with James,” Webb said. “Even when he 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 we’re looking forward to having a full stable of strong riders for 2016.”

Look for Stewart to back on his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 beginning with the Redbull Straight Rhythm in Pomona, CA on October 11, 2015.


Team Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing is grateful for the support of their sponsors: Yoshimura R&D, Suzuki Motor of America, Dunlop, Motorex, Showa, Renthal, Vortex, Shorai, Elf Racing Fuels, Seven, Hinson Clutch Components, RG3, Matrix, Works Connection, GET, Excel, NGK, D.I.D., Twin Air, Moto Tassinari, Roy’s Cyclery, Guts Racing Products, Mechanix Wear, Kokusan Denki, N-Style and Ogio.


About Yoshimura R&D of America: Yoshimura is “The Leader in Performance” and has been for more than 55 years. With unmatched skills, knowledge, and passion for racing, Yoshimura is on the forefront of the aftermarket exhaust industry. Yoshimura pipes are race bred and feature the same legendary performance, fit and quality that has been their trademark for more than five decades. To learn more about Yoshimura and view their wide variety of performance products, visit www.yoshimura-rd.com.


About Suzuki: Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. (SMAI) distributes Motorcycles, ATVs, Scooters, Outboard Motors and Automotive Parts and Accessories via an extensive dealer network throughout 49 states. SMAI’s supplier, Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC), based in Hamamatsu, Japan, is a diversified worldwide manufacturer of Motorcycles, ATVs, Scooters, Automobiles and Outboard Motors. Founded in 1909 and incorporated in 1920, SMC has 147 distributors in 201 countries. For more information, visit www.suzuki.com