Team Yoshimura Suzuki to Miss Phoenix

Blake Baggett
Blake Baggett

Blake Baggett and James Stewart will both fail to lineup this weekend meaning a no show for team Yoshimura Suzuki.

By Hayden Gregory
Blake Baggett
Blake Baggett

Baggett made a brief return to racing last weekend having missed the opening three rounds due to shoulder surgery. Feeling fully fit the rider went out to start his 2016 season before the unthinkable happened. Baggett crashed right down on that same shoulder causing deep bruising to the area.

Showing great courage Baggett was able to jump back on the bike qualifying for the main before finishing 15th. It was once the shoulder cooled down that the symptoms and limitations began to show.

This comes as a huge blow for Blake but team Manager Mike Webb is confident that he will be back on the bike by next weekend.

“Blake took a big hit to the same shoulder he just had surgery on this past weekend,” said Webb. “Fortunately, he hasn’t re-broken the shoulder, however it is deeply bruised and at this point he only has limited range of motion. Blake is fairly confident that he should be ready to go by the following round in San Diego.”

Baggett’s Suzuki stablemate James Stewart will also miss this weekend of racing as his concussion symptoms continue to hang around. Stewart has tried to return to the track three times since his Anaheim crash but blurry vision and headaches have forced him to withdraw each time.

Webb has given James the full support of the team and does not want him to race until fully fit.

After retiring from the race with vision problems in Oakland, we encouraged James to undergo further testing and make sure he is 100 percent healthy before returning to racing,” said Webb.

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