Two time former AMA Supercross Champion, and former AMA Motocross Champion James Stewart will not race round 12 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship this Saturday at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, ON, Canada. UPDATED 4:46pm EASTERN TIME. (Quote from James directly below.)
James, who suffered a crash at last weekend?s event in Indianapolis has been thoroughly examined by his medical team and the determination has been made that he is not yet ready to return to racing.
"Unfortunately injury is a part of sports,? said team JGR MX owner Coy Gibbs. "The safety of our riders is our highest priority and we want James to have time to recover and not risk further injury by coming back too soon."
And from James, courtesy of Red Bull ...
It really hurts me to say this, but after spending the last couple of days under the observation of doctors and my family, it looks like it would be best for me to sit out this weekend?s race in Toronto. The fall at Indy was big but aside from the obvious, it aggravated a couple old injuries and I?ll need time to fully recover from that.
I know you haven?t heard a lot from me over the last few of days, but we?ve been working hard to see what I could and should do. I?ve tried to push through it to see where my limitations are. And unfortunately it looks like that I wouldn?t be able push myself at the pace needed to run with the guys out there. I?m sorry for that.
So at this point, there's no real time line for my return. But we?ll be working at it again next week to reevaluate my abilities for the race in Houston.
Trust me, this was a hard decision to make. And it really came down in the last few hours. After assessing myself again today, talking to my team, my sponsors and my family, it?s clear that I need to give myself the time to heal. So I just want to say thank you for supporting me. To my team, thanks guys and good luck this weekend to Davi; keep that podium streak alive! I?ll be back soon. To my sponsors, you guys are the best, I can?t say that enough. Thank you for the always sticking with me. And to my fans; man all you guys. I mean all you guys on Facebook with me, my Twitter followers, all you guys at the races or watching at home. Thank you for the love. You guys really are the greatest. I?m working so we can get back out there soon, win some more races and have a couple more dinners.
Thank you all,
- James Stewart #7