Monster Star Yamaha’s Malcolm Stewart had admitted he needs to work on his starts before the ninth Supercross round at Daytona.
Stewart rode well in the heats despite bad starts and then got away poorly in the main event which meant some strong passes were required.
“We struggled in practice and made a few changes and got the bike really good for the heat race. The heat race was great, but I didn’t get the best start,” said Stewart.
“My starts have been struggling a little bit all year long. Even in the Main Event, I didn’t get the best of starts, but I still made some passes on the first lap and put myself in a great position. Then I had a couple of sketchy moments on the track.
“I landed on a hay bale. I tried to do a quad and landed on a hay bale again. You know how people say cats got nine lives? I think I used every bit of those nine lives out there.
“It’s just one of those deals when the track goes away, and there are potholes, and the whoops are kind of sketchy. It turns into more about survival mode out there.
“We ended Orlando II in seventh. The way practice went, we turned this whole day all the way around. Hats off to my guys. They have been busting their tails all year long, the whole team. I’m looking forward to the week off.
“We’re going to do some more testing and start swinging for Daytona. That’s another hometown race for me, so I’m excited for that – three hometown races. Let’s just keep the ball rolling.”