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2014 Yoshimura Suzuki Media Guide
Posted by: newsla on Jan 06, 2014 - 03:23 PM
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2014 Yoshimura Suzuki Media Guide


Last year marked James Stewart’s first full season with the Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing Team, and the multi-time AMA Supercross and Motocross Champion did not disappoint.

 

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In 2013, Yoshimura Suzuki’s Stewart celebrated multiple milestones in both AMA Supercross and Motocross and also raced his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 to a number of victories and podium finishes. Now, as Stewart heads into the 2014 racing season, the Yoshimura Suzuki rider is focused on improving his already impressive past performance.

This year, Stewart will again campaign the premiere 450 classes in both AMA Supercross and Motocross. Naturally, his weapon of choice will be the 2014 Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450. Since its debut, the RM-Z450 has been one of the most dominant four-stroke motocross bikes ever produced. Once Stewart was added to the mix, the pair became a fiercely-competitive combination.

Also as was the case last year, Stewart will be the sole representative for Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing in 2014. Although this is somewhat uncommon for the championship-winning team, Stewart has a solid reputation not only for being a positive ambassador for the team but also for the sport overall.

Yoshimura Suzuki Team Manager Mike Webb also returns this year to successfully pick-up with Stewart where they left off last year. Webb has already led Suzuki to 22 major Off-Road Championships as that team’s long-time manager and he is eager to add Supercross and Motocross titles to his lengthy and impressive resume.

As Suzuki’s Supercross/ Motocross team continues to evolve, both Stewart and the rest of the crew benefit greatly from their extensive partnership with Yoshimura; the performance giant behind Suzuki’s amazing championship domination in AMA Superbike racing.

James Stewart:

From the moment that James Stewart first joined the Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing Team in an unprecedented 2012 mid-season move, there was no holding him back. The championship-winning rider threw a leg over the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 and promptly went out and won the first four AMA Motocross motos that he raced, despite not having competed in the series for several years. From there, it was on.

In the 2013 AMA Supercross Championship series, Stewart turned in a stellar performance on the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 and achieved several career high points. The most impressive of these was becoming one of just three racers ever to go nine straight seasons with a win, thanks to his victory at Atlanta’s Georgia Dome. In addition to this, he picked-up podium finishes at both the St. Louis and Indianapolis events. Finally, he culminated the year by capturing the stand-alone Monster Energy Cup Championship in his first-ever attempt at the prestigious race.

Similarly-successful in last year’s AMA Motocross Championship series, Stewart raced his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 to overall victory at the Spring Creek National and finished on the podium at three additional events. He was also fastest qualifier in multiple rounds and wrapped-up the season fifth overall, despite missing the final race of the season. An added bonus was that Stewart’s prowess at starts netted him five holeshots and, in turn, the 2013 Motorcycle-Superstore Holeshot Championship.

“Last season, we had some ups and downs but overall it was good,” said Stewart. “I felt like we really started to gel as a team toward the end of the year and we found a good set-up on the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 that I felt comfortable with. Now our goal is to just build on that momentum as we go into 2014. During the off-season, I’ve been training at home in Florida and focusing on being consistent and doing my normal program. Now I’m just looking forward to staying healthy and being competitive all year.”

Now, as Stewart prepares for the 2014 season, he is excited about racing in both AMA Supercross and Motocross aboard the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450. Having successfully completed his first year with a new team and machine, nothing can stop Stewart in 2014.

Mike Webb:

There is no one more-qualified to lead the Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing Team than Mike Webb. As former team manager for American Suzuki’s off-road program, Webb secured 22 major titles. Since taking over the Supercross and Motocross reins, Webb has led the Yoshimura crew to a combined 10 Supercross and Motocross victories, as well as the prestigious Monster Energy Cup Championship. Going into 2014, Webb believes that the team’s greatest accomplishments remain ahead of them.

“Everyone at Yoshimura Suzuki is excited about the start of the 2014 season,” said Webb. “Last year we had a little bit of a learning curve but now we’ve really come together as a team. We’re looking forward to using the momentum we built last year to take it to the next level this season. Between James’ unparalleled talent, Suzuki’s championship-winning DNA and Yoshimura’s unbeatable expertise in racing, we definitely have a lot to be excited about in 2014.”

An accomplished off-road racer himself, Webb is a former Vet World MX Champion and still rides regularly. His hands-on experience with the RM-Z450 has already proven extremely helpful not only during the racing season but also in testing and overall bike set-up. Webb’s passion for racing is strong and his years of experience at Suzuki add up to a great recipe for success.

Suzuki RM-Z450:

With the most 450cc class wins and the most 450cc class championships in AMA Motocross history, the Suzuki RM-Z450 is used to being out-front. Not only does the Suzuki RM-Z450 possess this illustrious racing pedigree, it also claims bragging-rights for being the first-ever fuel-injected production motocross bike.

Most recently, the Suzuki RM-Z450 was updated to increase bottom-to-mid-range power and torque. The overall result is improved performance without losing top-end power. Suzuki also developed the RM-Z450’s four-stroke engine to deliver phenomenal idle-to-redline performance.

But that’s not all; as in the past, the RM-Z450 comes equipped with the best possible chassis, suspension and brakes to remain at the top of the class. What you have with the 2014 Suzuki RM-Z450 is a cutting-edge, open-class motocross weapon that’s more potent than ever.

As a racer, you want quick, laser-accurate steering and confidence-inspiring high-speed handling in one package. And you also want a high-performance machine with a racing pedigree that enables it to be competitive right out of the crate. The Suzuki RM-Z450 is that machine.

Sponsors:

American Suzuki Motor Corp., Yoshimura Racing, Motorex, Dunlop, Renthal, Vortex, Showa, Seven, Hinson Clutch Components, Renegade Fuels, Mechanix Wear, Works Connection, Twin Air, Moto Tassinari, Shorai, Matrix, N-Style, Zero Gravity, D.I.D., Excel, NGK, GET, RG3.

2014 SX Schedule:

January 4 - Angel Stadium Anaheim, CA
January 11 - Chase Field Phoenix, AZ
January 18 - Angel Stadium Anaheim, CA
January 25 - O.co Stadium Oakland, CA
February 1 - Angel Stadium Anaheim, CA
February 8 - Qualcomm Stadium San Diego, CA
February 15 - AT&T Stadium Arlington, TX
February 22 - Georgia Dome Atlanta, GA
March 1 - Lucas Oil Stadium Indianapolis, IN
March 8 - Daytona Int’l Speedway Daytona, FL
March 15 - Ford Field Detroit, MI
March 22 - Rogers Centre Toronto, ON
March 29 - Edward Jones Dome St. Louis, MO
April 5 - Reliant Stadium Houston, TX
April 12 - Century Link Field Seattle, WA
April 26 - MetLife Stadium E. Rutherford, NJ
May 3 - Sam Boyd Stadium Las Vegas, NV

2014 MX Schedule:

May 18 - Glen Helen San Bernardino, CA
May 31 - Hangtown Sacramento, CA
June 7 - Thunder Valley Lakewood, CO
June 14 - High Point Mt. Morris, PA
June 28 - Tennessee Blountville, TN
July 5 - RedBud Buchanan, MI
July 12 - Budds Creek Mechanicsville, MD
July 19 - Spring Creek Millville, MN
July 26 - Washougal Washougal, WA
August 9 - Unadilla New Berlin, NY
August 16 - Indiana Crawfordsville, IN
August 23 - Utah Salt Lake City, UT


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