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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... FULL BIO >

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

250 Series Points

450 Series Points

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July 12, 2014

Budds Creek 450 Moto 2: Battle for Third

James Stewart, Eli Tomac and Trey Canard battle for the third place finish during the 450 Moto 2 race at Budds Creek.

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July 10, 2014

RedBud GoPro: James Stewart Crashes on First Lap of Moto 2

On the opening lap of the second 450 Class moto at RedBud, James Stewart goes down right after the first turn and has to work his way up from the back of the field.

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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 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 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 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 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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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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August 11, 2013

Ryan Villopoto, Eli Tomac Sweep Unadilla

Monster Energy Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto took another step toward capturing the 450 Class Championship after sweeping both motos at Unadilla.

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August 10, 2013

Ryan Villopoto Returns to Dominance, Wins 450 Moto 1 at Unadilla

Ryan Villopoto was back to his dominant ways at Unadilla following his worst round of the season at Spring Creek.

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August 09, 2013

Unadilla Statistical Report 2013

Get ready for Round 10 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season with historical data from past races at Unadilla and stats from the 2013 season to-date.

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August 08, 2013

Stock Report: Stewart, Reed, Bogle Among Those Trending Up

The last few races present a great opportunity for riders to build momentum heading into next season, especially for anyone with an unsettled future. Here's a look at three riders in each class who have been trending in the right direction recently.

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August 01, 2013

James Stewart Reflects on the Importance of Loretta Lynn's

Before James Stewart became a superstar on the pro level, he was a dominant amateur racer and still sits tied with Mike Alessi for the most career championships (11) at Loretta Lynn's.

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July 27, 2013

James Stewart Captures First Victory of 2013 at Spring Creek

The 2013 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship made its lone visit to Minnesota on Saturday for the ninth round of the season from Millville's Spring Creek MX Park.

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July 27, 2013

Dungey Wins 450 Moto 2 at Spring Creek, Stewart Holds on for Overall

Ryan Dungey won the second moto at Spring Creek but James Stewart finished third, good enough to take the day's overall top spot.

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July 27, 2013

James Stewart Records First Win of Season in 450 Moto 1 at Spring Creek

The experience of James Stewart was on display as he held off Trey Canard to take his first moto victory of the season.  Stewart's win marks the first time in the 2013 season that a rider not name

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August 27, 2013

2013 Season Highlights: 450 Class Top Ten

Highlights of the 2013 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship series featuring the top 10 riders from the 450 Class.

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August 27, 2013

Motorcycle Superstore Holeshot Recap: Lake Elsinore

The battle for the Motorcycle Superstore Holeshot Championship in the 450 Class came down to the final round at Lake Elsinore.

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August 24, 2013

Stewart Tweets About Holeshot Championship - Lake Elsinore

James Stewart posted a tweet thanking Justin Brayton for taking the holeshot instead of Justin Barcia - this secured the Motorcycle Superstore Holeshot Championship prize for Stewart

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August 17, 2013

Villopoto Takes Moto 1 at Utah National - Race Recap

Ryan Villopoto gets closer to the season title with a victory in Moto 1 at Utah National

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August 13, 2013

2013 Unadilla 450 Moto 1 Full Race Archive

Watch a replay of the first 450 Class moto at the 2013 Built Ford Tough Unadilla National.

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August 13, 2013

James Stewart's Unadilla Post-Race Update

After suffering a neck injury earlier in the week, Yoshimura Suzuki's James Stewart rolled into the Unadilla National (round 10 of the 2013 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship series) banged up but ready to compete.

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August 13, 2013

2013 Unadilla Motocross Remastered

The 2013 Built Ford Tough Unadilla National from New Berlin, NY, provided a lot of action on and off the track.

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August 11, 2013

2013 Built Ford Tough Unadilla National Race Highlights

With three races left in the season, the Built Ford Tough Unadilla National became a defining race for the championship contenders.

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