Motoconcepts / Smartop / Bullfrog Spas / Honda’s Malcolm Stewart proved in 2019—before breaking his femur—that he can run the pace of anyone in the world on a 450 in Supercross, and in 2020 the 2016 250SX Eastern Regional Champion will be hoping to add some consistency to his 450SX game.
Since returning from injury late in ’19, the man they call Mookie finished 2nd overall at the 2019 Montreal SX and finished a very impressive 3rd overall at the 2019 Monster Energy Cup—where he won 1 of 3 main events and was tied for 1st going into the final one.
The #27 is beginning to ride his way out from under his older brother’s massive shadow, but this weekend Mookie will try to become the second member of the Stewart family to call themselves the king of this prestigious offseason event. While the location has changed since his older brother, James Stewart, won the event in ’08, the event still carries the same weight whether the winner is called the “King of Bercy” or the “King of Paris” and a win could mean a lot mentally to Malcolm.
The Montreal SX, the Monster Energy Cup, the Paris SX and every other offseason SX Mookie competes in are not on the level of a Monster Energy Supercross main event, but they can serve as building blocks heading into the 2020 season. If he can stay healthy, each strong finish will make him more and more of a believer, and in SX, that is more than half the battle.
Earlier this week, Swap Moto filmed some footage of Malcolm getting ready for this weekend’s Paris SX. Click play below to see how he is looking on the 450. He looks like a possible 2020 Monster Energy Supercross main event winner to me. With that, I will not be surprised if he carries the title “King of Paris” home with him.