James Stewart, the reigning Monster Energy AMA Supercross champion, will miss his second race in a row.
Stewart broke his hand in a crash during the races at Chase Field in Arizona. He raced the following week at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, but missed the race at AT&T Park in San Francisco. He had surgery on his right hand to repair a broken scaphoid bone on Jan. 29, the day before the San Francisco races.
He will skip Saturday’s races at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.
“It’s been five days since my surgery and my wrist is feeling a lot better,” Stewart said in a release. “Right now I’m following doctor’s orders so I can get back on the track racing as soon as possible. I want to be out there as soon as I can ride without pain. It was no fun racing Phoenix and Anaheim 2 this way.”
There is no exact date when Stewart will return to the race track, but if progress continues as is, he and his team are hopeful that date will be very soon, according to the release.
Stewart’s teammate, Josh Hill, is in second place in the AMA Supercross standings. Hill has three straight podium finishes and has been the runner-up in the past two races.
Ryan Dungey leads the AMA Supercross standings after winning two races. He won at Chase Field and Angel Stadium and is coming off a fourth-place finish in San Francisco.
Ryan Villopoto won the race in San Francisco, his first of the season and the third of his career.
Three riders have won the first four AMA Supercross races of the season. There have never been four winners in the first five AMA Supercross races.
Chad Reed, a two-time AMA Supercross champion, is recovering from a broken hand and has missed the past three races. The earliest he can return to racing is in three weeks.