Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 Testing with James Stewart
Following the 2012 AMA Supercross Championship, two-time SX Champion James “Bubba” Stewart departed from the Joe Gibbs Yamaha team and joined the Yoshimura Suzuki team.
JS7’s first outing on the Suzuki was at the Hangtown Classic, round one of the 2012 AMA Motocross championship. Stewart swept that round, beginning the season strong aboard the Suzuki RM-Z450.
But things would drastically change when Stewart would injure his wrist during moto 1 of the Thunder Vally National. This injury would plague Stewart for the remainder of the 2012 AMA MX season, and he finished the season 11th overall after missing three rounds.
But Stewart is expected to be healthy for his first Supercross Championship aboard the Yosh Suzuki, the AMA SX season kicking off at Angel Stadium Jan. 5.
Stewart is currently prepping for 2013 with some preseason testing, which the 27-year-old Florida native discusses in the above video.
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.
When Stewart turned professional in 2002, he won 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.
In 2012 Supercross Stewart had some issues, though, fracturing a bone in his hand at Indy SX. The injuries caused the two-time AMA Supercross Champion to miss out on the Indy round, and the subsequent three at Toronto, Houston and New Orleans.
And while absent at Houston, Villopoto clinched the 2012 AMA Supercross Championship. Stewart then missed the rest of the 2012 season, finishing seventh overall with 178 points.