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James Stewart Extends JGR MX Contract

AMA Motocross/Supercross JS7 News

James "Bubba" Stewart has a huge goal in life – to pass Jeremy McGrath’ record of 72 Supercross wins.

And it’s more than possible – Stewart has 42-career Supercross wins, which is the third-best record behind Ricky Carmichael (48).

And the Joe Gibbs Racing Yamaha team (JGRMX) would like to play a part in that feat; the team has recently extended James Stewart’s contract, the 25-year-old Floridan signing a "multi-year" extension Tuesday.

Besides keeping Stewart as its AMA Motocross/Supercross pilot, JGRMX has also extended its relationship with Yamaha through 2014.

James Stewart (JGRMX Supercross/Motocross) says: "I am excited about joining the Gibbs racing family. My goal in Supercross is to pass Jeremy McGrath’s record of 72 Supercross wins. I am more than half way there and look forward to realizing that dream during my time with JGR. I have also had an interest in car racing and we are going to explore my potential in that sport through the NASCAR side of the operation."

Coy Gibbs (JGRMX President) says: "When we started the Supercross team in 2008 we had a building phase and a championship phase. We spent the past four years learning the sport and the equipment and now we are ready to compete at the highest level with an accomplished and talented athlete like James Stewart along with our founding partners Toyota and Yamaha. James will also have the opportunity to explore his interest in racing some of the four-wheel vehicles we have around here as well."

Joe Gibbs says: "We are proud of what Coy and the motocross team has accomplished and landing a talent like James is certainly a huge step up for our program. We are looking forward to being a serious championship contender in 2012."

Stewart, who began racing at the age of four, is one of the most decorated riders in motocross history.. He won the first of a record breaking 11 amateur national championships by age six. Turning professional in 2002 he would win the Lites AMA Motocross Championship in his rookie year.

After claiming another Lites AMA Motocross title and two Lites AMA Supercross Championships he moved up to the premier class for the 2005 season. Stewart has since won two AMA Supercross titles and an AMA Motocross Championship (winning every moto in the process), becoming the first African American to win a major motorsports championship. He will debut with the Toyota/Yamaha/JGRMX Team at the opening round of the 2012 AMA Supercross Championship on Jan. 7, 2012 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, Calif.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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