Murrieta, CA (August 15, 2010) - After a long hiatus from racing due to an injury early in the 2010 Supercross season, Team San Manuel Yamaha’s James Stewart made his return to racing at the infamously gruelling Unadilla race track.  Having had only a few short weeks to prepare for the longer moto format of the Outdoor National Series, the Team goal was to race, qualify and “have some fun” in Stewart’s own words. 

James Stewart’s day started strong.  Posting the fastest lap times in both practices with an amazing 2:05.839, proving he has the speed he’s known for, Stewart began Moto 1 with a solid start.  In 4th position on Lap 1, he quickly but strategically worked his way into 3rd by Lap 2.  Continuing to advance, Stewart moved into 2nd place by Lap 6, holding that position for several laps.  Towards the end of Moto 1, Stewart dropped back one position, but with a solid hold, finished the race in 3rd, making the podium in his first return to the track in several months.  On the podium, when asked if he had anyone to thank, he credited the support of his fans on the track for helping him push through the challenging race, along with that of his family, team and sponsors.

In Moto 2, Stewart didn’t fare as well.  A rough start landed him in the 15th position in the first lap and despite working his way into 11th place by Lap 4, Stewart was forced to pull off the track.   Simply put “We’re not 100% yet, but I’m confident in myself and my team that things will only improve from here” said Stewart.  From Team Manager Larry Brooks “This was a learning experience for our Team.  Though many of us have years of Motocross racing experience, as a team, we have not raced Motocross in a long time.  We had some challenges but we learned a lot today and will do what it takes to improve before Southwick.”


About Team San Manuel

Team San Manuel is a unique partnership between the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and L&M Racing, LLC, with the sole purpose of reaching out to Native and non-Native communities and sharing with them the value of perseverance and dedication.  Building a winning team comprised of top-notch talent and community service, Team San Manuel honors the Serrano belief of caring for our community. (www.sanmanuelracing.com)

 

About the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

The San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians is a federally recognized American Indian tribe located near the city of Highland, California.  The Serrano Indians are the indigenous people of the San Bernardino highlands, passes, valleys and mountains who share a common language and culture.  The San Manuel reservation was established in 1891 and recognized as a sovereign nation with the right of self-government.  Despite challenges and hardships, the San Manuel tribal community has continued to progressively maintain and enhance its unique form of government – focusing all efforts on providing a better quality of life for its citizens.  Through economic diversification, both on and off the reservation, the tribe has been forward thinking in its efforts to build infrastructure, maintain civil services and promote social, economic, educational and governmental units including the departments of fire, public safety, education and environment and continues to pursue opportunities for future generations.

 

About L & M Racing

L&M Racing was formed in 2006 by Owner/Team Manager Larry Brooks and partner Mike Kranyak.  Operating as Team San Manuel Yamaha, the team has garnered 2 Supercross Championship titles in just three professional race seasons. For the 2010 race season, 2009 Supercross Champion James Stewart anchors Team San Manuel as he vehemently defends his title and is joined by 2008 Supercross Rookie of the Year Josh Hill.  In 2009, Team San Manuel’s James Stewart won his second Supercross Championship, his first coming in 2007, and second for L&M Racing’s independent effort.  Rookie Kyle Chisholm rounded out Team San Manuel’s 2009 team.  In 2008 team, Team San Manuel Yamaha consisted of 2004 Supercross Champion Chad Reed and former West Coast Lites Champion Nathan Ramsey -- the newly-formed endeavor garnered its first championship title that season.  Led by Larry Brooks, the driving force behind the Jeremy McGrath / Chaparral Racing team's three-year championship reign in Supercross, Brooks' then race effort yielded the first and only indie team to ever win an AMA Supercross Series Championship.  L&M Racing is headquartered within an 8,000 square foot, state-of-the-art race facility in Southern California and is one of the most successful independently owned and operated teams in professional Supercross racing today.




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