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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

250 Series Points

450 Series Points

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June 08, 2014

Ken Roczen Makes it Two in a Row at Thunder Valley, Baggett Stops Martin

For the second straight week, Red Bull KTM's Ken Roczen claimed the overall victory in the 450 Class thanks to a win in the final moto of the afternoon.

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June 08, 2014

Ken Roczen Takes 450 Moto 2, Overall Win at Thunder Valley

After narrowly missing out on the win in Moto 1, Ken Roczen bounced back in Moto 2 by taking the win - earning his second straight overall victory in the process.

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June 08, 2014

James Stewart Scores First Win of Season in 450 Moto 1 at Thunder Valley

Once again, Ken Roczen found himself in a last-lap battle for the lead. But like two weeks ago at Glen Helen, he would have to settle for a runner-up finish.

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June 08, 2014

2014 Toyota Thunder Valley National Race Highlights

The third round of the 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship brought some shake-ups, as two riders captured their first moto wins of the season.

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June 07, 2014

Thunder Valley 450 Moto 1: Dungey vs. Stewart

Ryan Dungey attempts to pass James Stewart for first during the 450 Moto 1 at Thunder Valley.

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June 07, 2014

Thunder Valley GoPro Track Preview: James Stewart

James Stewart takes you around the Thunder Valley track in this GoPro Track Preview.

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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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June 01, 2013

Tennessee 450 Moto 1 Recap: RV2 Withstands Barcia's Challenge

Muddy Creek provided a challenge for riders with tough conditions to go along with a fairly unfamiliar track. Villopoto was unfazed though, taking the holeshot and managing to hold off Justin Barcia to take the victory.

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May 25, 2013

Thunder Valley 450 Moto 2 Recap: Ryan Villopoto Stays Perfect

Ryan Villopoto won the second 450 moto to remain perfect on the season going into next week's Built Ford Tough Tennessee National.

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May 25, 2013

Thunder Valley 450 Moto 1 Recap: Ryan Villopoto Extends Win Streak

Ryan Villopoto managed to overcome a rough start to comeback and win his third straight moto in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.

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May 23, 2013

Stewart, Baggett, Bell Collect Motorcycle Superstore Holeshot Points

The Motorcycle Superstore Holeshot Championship is brand new to Lucas Oil Pro Motocross this season, courtesy of Motorcycle-Superstore.com.

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May 23, 2013

Motograms: Hangtown Edition

Check out the best shots from the world of Instagram during the 2013 Red Bull Hangtown Motocross Classic.

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May 18, 2013

Hangtown 450 Moto 2 Recap: Villopoto Completes the Sweep

Ryan Villopoto made it look easy as he completed the sweep of Hangtown and is looking unstoppable to start the season.

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May 18, 2013

Hangtown 450 Moto 1 Recap: Villopoto Takes an Easy Win

Ryan Villopoto came away with a win in the first race of the 2013 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.

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May 17, 2013

450 Class Championship Preview

The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season has finally arrived, after much anticipation. Once again Hangtown will be host to the first round of the season, setting the stage for 12 rounds of intense racing all summer long.

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July 24, 2013

2013 Washougal 450 Moto 1 Full Race Archive

Watch a replay of the first 450 Class moto at the 2013 Peterson CAT Washougal National.

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July 22, 2013

Racer X Motocross Show: Washougal 2013

Georgia Lindsay and Jason Weigandt take you through all of the racing action from Washougal.

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July 21, 2013

2013 Peterson CAT Washougal National Highlights

Jason Weigandt takes you through highlights of all the day's motos at the Peterson CAT Washougal National.

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July 20, 2013

Villopoto Battles in Moto 1 at Washougal

Ryan Villopoto battles with James Stewart to establish himself as the leader in Moto 1 at Washougal

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July 20, 2013

Dungey Takes Moto 1 at Washougal - Full Recap

Ryan Dungey takes the Moto 1 victory at Washougal followed by Ryan Villopoto and James Stewart

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July 20, 2013

Barcia Crashes in Moto 1 at Washougal

Justin Barcia crashes leaving the number two spot open for the taking as Ryan Villopoto is followed by James Stewart in Moto 1 at Washougal

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July 20, 2013

Villopoto Passes Stewart in Moto 1 at Washougal

Ryan Villopoto makes the pass around James Stewart in a battle for 2nd place in 450 Moto 1 at Washougal

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July 16, 2013

James and Malcolm Stewart Training Together in Florida

James and Malcolm Stewart talk about the training together and now racing together in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Series.

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