Thursday, January 21, 2010
James Stewart nursing injuries, questionable for AMA Supercross race at Anaheim
James Stewart might be the latest AMA Supercross star to have to sit out Saturday night's race at Angel Stadium in Anaheim.
Stewart was in Florida consulting with doctors and working through therapy to recover from injuries he suffered at the AMA Supercross race at Chase Field in Phoenix. He crashed twice, once in a heat race and again in the main event, and sustained injuries to the right side of his body.
Larry Brooks, the team manager for Stewart's San Manuel Yamaha team, said Stewart has been seeing doctors since Monday and having his right shoulder, wrist and ankle examined. He spent 15 hours at a hospital on Wednesday meeting with doctors. Brooks said he expects Stewart, the reigning AMA Supercross champion, to race this weekend in Anaheim, but it will be a race-time decision if he actually gets on the track.
Stewart crashed with Chad Reed during the Phoenix race. Reed, a two-time AMA Supercross champion, broke his left hand in the crash and is expected to miss the next six weeks.
The race at Angel Stadium on Saturday night is expected to be a wet one. Heavy rainstorms are expected and that might work in Stewart's favor.
Brooks said the muddy track will make for slower, less physically demanding races. It might make it easier for Stewart to race with his injuries in those conditions.
Stewart had two X-rays done on his wrist this week. They showed no broken bones, but Brooks said Stewart is experiencing discomfort in his right wrist.