KENNESAW, GA. (Jan. 30, 2017) – It was an experience building weekend for Ronnie Stewart and the MicroBilt/PRBC Yoshimura Suzuki team in Phoenix, round four of the 2017 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series. The series made its first visit outside the state of California Saturday night and played to a crowd of 54,274 fans inside University of Phoenix Stadium and a live national television audience on Fox Sports 1. A red flag in the Last Chance Qualifier may have
cost Stewart a chance of qualifying for his second-consecutive main event, but in spite of that fact, he felt the weekend was a success for the team.
Stewart qualified 31st on his MicroBilt/PRBC Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 with a time of 1:06.141, putting him comfortably into the evening program.
From there he finished 16th in the night show’s second 450 heat race and took 10th in the first semi.
In the LCQ Stewart used the power of his Yoshimura-built machine to nail a great start. Unfortunately, the start was wiped off the slate after the race was red flagged. He started sixth on the re-start and then washed out his bike’s front end while attempting to make a pass in the short and hectic four-lap event. That slight error cost him big and Stewart was credited with 15th in the LCQ.
His night was over before he’d hoped, but Stewart still flew the MicroBilt/PRBC team banner for three races in the night show giving sponsors a good deal of exposure. He left Phoenix with positive thoughts on the experience.
“We put a solid weekend in the books,” Stewart explained. “The pits were jumping with fans all day. I would say it was by far the busiest pit party of the season for us. We also had a nice turnout of MicroBilt's VIPs.
“For me on track, I felt like I got a lot out of the event from practice all the way through the LCQ in terms of breathing better, flowing and feeling confident. It would've been great to continue where I left off last week by getting in the main event and working on twenty minutes plus
one lap clean, but it doesn't define the weekend as a fail. There are many positives to take away from Phoenix and apply going forward.”
Next on the schedule for Stewart and Team MicroBilt/PRBC Yoshimura Suzuki is series round five this Saturday Feb. 4, at Oakland Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California. The event will be televised at 10:00pm Eastern on Fox Sports 2.