News 28 Oct 2020

Star Racing Yamaha 450 team expands with Stewart signing

Newfound factory team to field three riders in Supercross from 2021.

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Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha has signed Malcolm Stewart to ride alongside Dylan Ferrandis and Aaron Plessinger in the 450SX division of Monster Energy Supercross for 2021.

Yamaha’s newfound factory 450 program expands to three riders, with reigning 250SX West champion Ferrandis and the returning Plessinger already confirmed.

“I’m really excited to join the team,” said 28-year-old Stewart. “I’ve known a lot of the guys before, when I was around the team back in 2011. Gareth Swanepoel is my trainer and he works with their guys, plus I have a few buddies there, so it isn’t a big change for me.

“It just kind of adds another piece to the puzzle and I’m definitely happy. The team has had a lot of success and has dominated the 250 class. They have a phenomenal set-up and to be a part of their first year in the 450 class, it makes it more exciting for all of us.

“I feel like we have some good heavy hitters. Myself, Dylan Ferrandis, and Aaron Plessinger, every single one of us has won a 250 title. It should be a really good year. It’s only Supercross right now, but hopefully it goes well, and we can turn it into something in the future.”

Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing 450 team manager Jeremy Coker added: “Adding Malcolm to our already great line up excites me that much more for this upcoming season. He is an amazing rider, especially when it comes to the whoops. I can’t wait to see him on the track.”

Stewart is fresh off his best season in 450SX class with MotoConcepts aboard a Honda, hitting his stride in the seven-race run in Salt Lake City and finishing fourth at the season finale to end the year seventh in the standings. He now looks to build on that momentum next season with the Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing team.