JDR/J-Star/KTM rider Malcolm Stewart earned his season best finish in the 250 Motocross class at the third round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross National Championship with a 6th place overall finish at Thunder Valley MX Park.
The day started out well for Stewart, after he qualified 6th fastest from the morning practice sessions. "Everything flowed really well this morning," commented Stewart. "I had two solid practices and was really looking forward to the afternoon motos."
Once the gate dropped for the first moto, Stewart was sitting in 13th position. By the end of the first lap he had already moved into the top ten. On lap three he had passed another rider to move into 9th position. He maintained his pace and rode a solid, mistake-free moto to gain one more position by moto end. He crossed the checkered flag at the end of the 16 lap race in 8th position.
In moto two, Stewart earned a slightly better start and rounded the first corner in 12th place. He sat in 9th position at the end of the first lap and then moved into 8th on lap three. He continued to charge forward turning impressive lap times while fighting to move up in position. He passed Ivan Tedesco for 7th place at the halfway point. One lap later, he made a pass around Wil Hahn to move into 6th. He held that position through the end of the moto to take his season best finish. His 8-6 moto scores earned him 6th overall for the day.
"It feels really good to finally get a top ten result," remarked Stewart. "We had a rough start at the first two rounds and it is great to get a solid finish in. We are hoping to repeat another top ten finish next weekend and continue to increase our goals from there."
Overall Results 250 Motocross Class
1. Justin Barcia (1-2)
2. Blake Baggett (3-1)
3. Ken Roczen - KTM - (2-4)
4. Eli Tomac (4-3)
5. Marvin Musquin - KTM - (5-5)
6. Malcolm Stewart - KTM - (8-6)
7. Blake Wharton (6-9)
8. Wil Hahn (10-7)
9. Kyle Cunningham (9-10)
10. Jake Canada (7-14)