February 14, 2011

Don't Sweat the Technique: Houston Supercross

Here's Malcolm looking clean in his heat race...
... here he is in the main, with a ripped jersey from his gnarly first lap crash.  Still riding hard.

What a great professional debut for the younger Stewart!  He had to ride in unseeded "B" practice sessions, but was able to complete a fast lap of 50.911, the second-fastest time in his division, good enough for 14th fastest overall.  

When the night show kicked off for the first round of the East region 250 class, Stewart focused and jetted out to a great start in heat one and rode all 6 laps in second place behind Justin Barcia.  Stewart was consistent; his six-lap average was 50.984.

By the time the 250 main event lined up, it was hard not to have high expectations for the rookie racer.  Malcolm responded by expertly converting his good gate pick into the holeshot!   He was immediately challenged by PJ Larsen, and the two of them starting banging bars.  A turn or two later and the two racers collided and went down hard, Stewart and his Suzuki both turning cartwheels down the track.  Luckily he was uninjured and his bike was rideable.  Though he was nearly dead last by time he got his bike started, Malcolm held it together and was able to race his way back to 14th.

So even though he was set to do much, much better, it was still a great night for the rookie.  And to top it off, he took home "Stewart Family Honors" as his 14th beat the crash-caused 15th place finished scored by big brother James in the 450 class!

Photos from GuyB's photo blast at Vital MX.

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