CHINO, Calif. – Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing has signed James Stewart to a multi-year contract extension to compete in both the Monster Energy AMA Supercross tour and the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.
Stewart will compete aboard a Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing RM-Z450 beginning with the Red Bull Straight Rhythm event in Pomona, Calif., on Oct. 11 and the Monster Energy Cup in Las Vegas, Nev., on Oct. 17. He will then turn his attention to the Supercross and Motocross championships in 2016.
“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.”
Stewart was suspended for 16 months during the 2014 season after failing an anti-doping test. Stewart tested positive for Adderall, a drug he was prescribed by a doctor, but failed to submit proper paperwork for a Therapeutic Use Exemption. He appealed the suspension but his appeal was denied, forcing him to sit out the entire 2015 season.
“I’m really looking forward to coming back to racing,” said Stewart. “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.”