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James Stewart

James Stewart is an enigma, a freak on two wheels. The things he can do, the lines he chooses and the speed he can carry are seemingly unreal at times. It might be boring from a racing standpoint to see him destroy a field of the world’s best motocross racers and cruise around the track. But even then he’s a pure joy to watch. Stewart broke down racial barriers by... FULL BIO >

Hometown: Haines City, FL, USA
Website: http://js7.com/
Twitter: @js7
Sponsors: Red Bull, Seven, GoPro

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July 23, 2016

Washougal 450 Moto 1: GoPro Track Preview with James Stewart

Go onboard with James Stewart and see the track at Washougal from the rider's perspective with this GoPro Track Preview.

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July 16, 2016

450MX: Roczen Rebounds, Wins 1-1 at Spring Creek

Recognized as the track that has it all, racers came into Round 8 at the La Crescent Wine & Spirit Spring Creek National focused to lay down flawless laps against familiar faces as 450 riders returned from injury.

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July 16, 2016

Spring Creek Practice Report: Roczen, Savatgy Fastest

Practice laps around Millville, MN went from fast to even faster over the course of the morning while racers dialed in their rides for Round 8 of the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at the La Crescent Wine & Spirit Spring Creek National.

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July 16, 2016

Spring Creek 450 Moto 1: GoPro Track Preview with James Stewart

Go onboard with James Stewart for the first 450 Moto at Spring Creek with this GoPro Track Preview.

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July 16, 2016

Spring Creek 450 Moto 1: GoPro Starting Gate with James Stewart

James Stewart returns to outdoor motocross and Georgia talks to him before the start of Moto 1.

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July 16, 2016

Spring Creek 450 Moto 1: Brayton passes Stewart

Justin Brayton makes the pass on James Stewart to take over ninth place.

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July 14, 2016

Spring Creek Preview: Excitement in Store

The most exciting race of the series is set for Round 8 at the La Crescent Wine & Spirit Spring Creek National. Coming out of the best weekend of the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship is breaking news that promises even more action for this weekend.

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James Stewart is an enigma, a freak on two wheels. The things he can do, the lines he chooses and the speed he can carry are seemingly unreal at times. It might be boring from a racing standpoint to see him destroy a field of the world’s best motocross racers and cruise around the track. But even then he’s a pure joy to watch.

 

Stewart broke down racial barriers by becoming the first black superstar in the sport. Often referred to as the "Tiger Woods of Motocross," Stewart’s speed, style and personality were just what the sport needed, and he has become the new spokesman for MX/SX. An 11-time National Amateur Champion at Loretta Lynn’s, Stewart turned pro in 2002 during the epic run of Ricky Carmichael. Many will still claim that JS was more fun to watch on the small-bore two-strokes, but all good things come to an end, and Bubba made the jump into the premier division with mixed results. Early on, he earned the right to be labeled the next face of the industry, seeing how he was the only man to consistently challenge Ricky Carmichael and eventually start beating him in races. Challenging the GOAT week in and week out was no small task during his heyday, but Bubba was always up to the task.

 

As with almost every rider, making the switch to the big bikes was rough at times. Stewart saw plenty of time headed different directions from his machine and he soon became known for his gnarly get-offs. That’s the problem with trying to race at Carmichael speeds, the consequences of a crash are so much higher. Eventually he got the hang of riding the big bikes and when Kawasaki finally released its KX450F, Stewart finally had a real shot at winning titles. When RC retired, a move that robbed fans of who knows how many epic battles, Stewart had a clear path to the checkered flag.

 

After missing the 2008 SX season with injury, Stew rebounded at the outdoors to pull off his own 24-for-24 win streak, something only Carmichael has achieved before. It seemed as though the 450 class was on the verge of falling into a boring rut, but with Chad Reed changing teams, it shook things up a bit. Then, with an open spot on the Yamaha L&M Racing team, Stewart left Kawasaki for a fresh start after riding green his entire professional career.

 

Bubba entered the 2010 outdoor season on the bench, recovering from a wrist injury sustained in the Supercross season. The San Manuel Yamaha rider had also missed the 2009 outdoor season and has been eager to get back to his 2008 form in the MX series. He made his long-awaited debut at Unadilla, finishing 3rd in the 1st moto, but pulling off the track in the 2nd moto. Between fatigue and having to fight a bike that wasn't set up properly, Stewart decided to play it safe and call it a day. It would be his last outdoor race until 2012.

 

After finishing 4th in 450SX points in 2011, Stewart chose not to compete in the Nationals that summer, citing the fact that he didn't believe he was where he needed to be competitively.

 

In 2012, James Stewart linked up with JGR in what looked to be a promising partnership. He racked up 2 victories and 5 podiums through the first ten races of the SX season, but things were derailed at the next stop in Indianapolis when he suffered a concussion and a broken hand and missed most of the remaining races. With things not working out for either party, Stewart and JGR agreed to part ways at the end of the season. Yoshimura Suzuki signed Stewart to a 2-year deal through 2014 and also gave him the option to race outdoors in 2012.

 

Stewart took advtange of the opportunity and lined up for the opening moto in Hangtown. He proceeded to win the first 4 motos of the season, despite some tough competition from Ryan Dungey, and looked to be on his way to a monster season. Stewart was unable to escape the injury bug though and broke his wrist at the season's third round. He'd make three attempts at returning to action, including one the following weekend at High Point, but couldn't find the same groove and didn't look to be the same rider he was before the injury.

 

Stewart launched his own clothing and gear line just before the start of the 2013 Supercross season, partnering with Troy Lee on a new brand simply called Seven.

 

In 2014, Stewart tested postive for a banned substance - later identified as Adderall - after a Supercross race in Seattle. Although he had a prescription for the drug, Stewart didn’t fill out the required form for a Therapeutic Use Exemption, which resulted in a violation of the drug policy. After a period where he was provisionally suspended but still allowed to race, the FIM hit him with a 16-month suspension, retroactive to the time of the test. Stewart was eventually given the chance to appeal the suspension in hopes that he could be cleared to race the 2015 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, but the FIM denied his appeal, which means he will be sidelined through August 11th, 2015 at the very least.

Alli News
July 16, 2016

450MX: Roczen Rebounds, Wins 1-1 at Spring Creek

Recognized as the track that has it all, racers came into Round 8 at the La Crescent Wine & Spirit Spring Creek National focused to lay down flawless laps against familiar faces as 450 riders returned from injury.

Alli Article


Alli News
July 16, 2016

Spring Creek Practice Report: Roczen, Savatgy Fastest

Practice laps around Millville, MN went from fast to even faster over the course of the morning while racers dialed in their rides for Round 8 of the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at the La Crescent Wine & Spirit Spring Creek National.

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Alli News
July 14, 2016

Spring Creek Preview: Excitement in Store

The most exciting race of the series is set for Round 8 at the La Crescent Wine & Spirit Spring Creek National. Coming out of the best weekend of the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship is breaking news that promises even more action for this weekend.

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July 14, 2016

Stewart to Return, Baggett & Bisceglia Out for Spring Creek

Team Yoshimura Suzuki created quite the buzz announcing that James Stewart will be returning to the races on Saturday, while Blake Baggett and Matt Bsicglia are slated to sit out for Spring Creek.

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May 28, 2016

Update: Baggett "50-50" for Moto 1, Stewart out for Glen Helen

Baggett finished 14th in timed qualifying, Stewart was 15th.

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May 27, 2016

James Stewart (shoulder) will attempt to race Glen Helen

JS7 was injured during the first moto at Hangtown and is "day to day" for Round 2.

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May 19, 2016

2016 season preview: 450 Class

Get the scoop on the riders you need to know in this year's 450MX field.

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August 13, 2015

James Stewart now eligible to resume professional racing

James Stewart's suspension has come to an end.

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July 23, 2016

Washougal 450 Moto 1: GoPro Track Preview with James Stewart

Go onboard with James Stewart and see the track at Washougal from the rider's perspective with this GoPro Track Preview.

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July 16, 2016

Spring Creek 450 Moto 1: GoPro Track Preview with James Stewart

Go onboard with James Stewart for the first 450 Moto at Spring Creek with this GoPro Track Preview.

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July 16, 2016

Spring Creek 450 Moto 1: Brayton passes Stewart

Justin Brayton makes the pass on James Stewart to take over ninth place.

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July 16, 2016

Spring Creek 450 Moto 1: GoPro Starting Gate with James Stewart

James Stewart returns to outdoor motocross and Georgia talks to him before the start of Moto 1.

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May 28, 2016

Glen Helen: James Stewart talks to Georgia Lindsay

James Stewart talks about his shoulder injury and his decision to not race today at Glen Helen.

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May 27, 2016

Hangtown GoPro: James Stewart, Moto 1

Watch James Stewart during Moto 1 at the first round of the 2016 season.

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May 16, 2015

2014 Year in review: 450 Class

Take a look back at some of the biggest moments from last year's Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.

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June 14, 2014

James Stewart "At Home" with Yoshimura Suzuki

James Stewart credits his team, Yoshimura Suzuki, for standing by him through the good times and the bad.

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