Malcolm Stewart celebrated his 28th birthday yesterday by signing to race the 2021 AMA Supercross series for the Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha team.
Coming off the back of a career-best 450 SX season that saw him place seventh in the final standings for the Smartop Honda team, Mookie – the 250SX East champ in 2016 – will line up alongside 2018 250SX West champ Aaron Plessinger and Dylan Ferrandis who claimed his second successive 250SX West title this year.
“I’m really excited to join the team,” said 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.
“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.”