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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
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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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April 29, 2015

James Stewart loses appeal, shifts focus to 2016 return

The FIM upheld Stewart's suspension, which runs through August 11th.

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April 06, 2015

James Stewart begins testing, awaits appeal decision

A decision on his appeal is still pending, but James Stewart wants to be prepared for any outcome.

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December 19, 2014

James Stewart suspended for 2015 by FIM

James Stewart has finally been issued his penalty from the FIM stemming from a failed drug test during the 2014 supercross season – a 16-month suspension retroactive to the date of the failed drug test last April.

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August 16, 2014

Indiana Preview: New Track, Same Story for Roczen and Dungey

The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship has descended upon Indiana for the first-ever national at Ironman Raceway, and there’s a lot going on this weekend.

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August 08, 2014

James Stewart, Josh Grant Out for Unadilla

The 450 Class will be missing two of this season's moto winners on the starting gate Saturday at Unadilla, as James Stewart and Josh Grant will both sit out their second race in a row.

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July 25, 2014

James Stewart Out for Washougal

James Stewart will miss Saturday's MotoSport.com Washougal National, pulling out of the event one week after a spell of dizziness prevented him from racing the second moto at Millville.

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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.

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July 18, 2014

Spring Creek Preview: Critical Weekend for Title Contenders

Much of the focus this weekend at Spring Creek will be on the Minnesota natives Jeremy Martin and Ryan Dungey.

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July 15, 2014

Dean WIlson Earns RC Hard Charger Award at Budds Creek

The 25th annual stop at the legendary Budds Creek facility presented the toughest weather conditions to date in 2014, providing an opportunity for some new riders to emerge at the forefront of the 250 and 450 Classes.

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July 12, 2014

Ryan Dungey Takes 450 Moto 2 at Budds Creek to Win Overall

In one moto, Ryan Dungey nearly tripled his total number of laps led for the whole season, taking the MotoSport.com Holeshot and leading wire-to-wire to win the second 450 Class moto at Budds Creek.

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July 12, 2014

Ken Roczen Wins Again, Takes 450 Moto 1 at Budds Creek

While Trey Canard has seemingly gotten stronger in recent weeks, he still can't match the pace of current points leader in Ken Roczen.

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July 12, 2014

Budds Creek Preview & Practice Report: James Stewart Qualifies First

The first half of the 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship is in the books, and the series is set up for some great second-half racing over the next six rounds, beginning today at Budds Creek.

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June 28, 2014

Muddy Creek Preview: Eli Tomac Set to Make 450 Class Debut

After a rare off-week for the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, the riders are back on the grind at Muddy Creek Raceway for the fifth round of the series, the Red Bull Tennessee National.

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June 24, 2014

James Stewart Confirmed Eligible for Muddy Creek

James Stewart is "free to compete without restriction" until further notice on the heels of a failed drug test from the Supercross season.

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June 14, 2014

James Stewart, Blake Baggett Post Dominant Sweeps at High Point

With 1-1 sweeps at High Point, James Stewart and Blake Baggett tightened up their respective championship races.

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July 05, 2014

RedBud 450 Moto 1: Stewart and Grant Crash

James Stewart and Josh Grant go down during the 450 Moto 1 race at RedBud.

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June 28, 2014

Tennessee 450 Moto 2: Stewart Races Through Controversy

James Stewart came into the Red Bull Tennessee National with some serious controvery in his wake. Here Jason Weigandt and Grant Langston discuss.

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June 28, 2014

Tennessee 450 Moto 2: James Stewart Goes Down Hard

James Stewart goes down hard during the Tennessee 450 Moto 2.

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June 28, 2014

Tennessee 450 Moto 1: Stewart vs. Canard

James Stewart passes Trey Canard then quickly hands it back during the last lap of Tennessee 450 Moto 1.

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June 16, 2014

2014 High Point 450 Moto 2: Full Race

Watch the full second 450 Class moto at the 2014 UPMC Sports Medicine High Point National.

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June 16, 2014

2014 High Point 450 Moto 1: Full Race

Watch the full first 450 Class moto at the 2014 UPMC Sports Medicine High Point National.

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June 15, 2014

2014 UPMC Sports Medicine High Point National Race Highlights

The first third of the 2014 season draws to a close at High Point.

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June 09, 2014

2014 Thunder Valley 450 Moto 2: Full Race

Watch the full second 450 Class moto at the 2014 Toyota Thunder Valley National.

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