James Stewart: 2004 AMA Chevrolet 125 Motocross Champion PICKERINGTON, Ohio (August 23, 2004) -- James "Bubba" Stewart earned his second AMA Chevrolet 125 Motocross Championship by winning Sunday on his Kawasaki KX125 at Broome-Tioga Sport...
James Stewart: 2004 AMA Chevrolet 125 Motocross Champion
PICKERINGTON, Ohio (August 23, 2004) -- James "Bubba" Stewart earned his second AMA Chevrolet 125 Motocross Championship by winning Sunday on his Kawasaki KX125 at Broome-Tioga Sport Center in rural Binghamton, N.Y. Stewart earned the title with two rounds remaining in the championship. It marks one of the earliest points in series history that the championship has been clinched.
The title will be Stewart's last in the 125 class, at least for the foreseeable future. The 18-year-old from Haines City, Fla., is slated to race in the 250 class for Kawasaki starting in 2005. Stewart's title could very well mark the end of another era. His championship could mark the final motocross championship won on a two-stroke motorcycle. In recent years four-stroke machines have become the dominant force in motocross racing. Stewart rode one of the few two-strokes in the 125 series this year.
"It's great to win another championship," said Stewart, who also won this title in 2002. "This has been just about a perfect season. Kawasaki really gave me a great bike and I'm happy that maybe I'll be the last one to win the 125 class on a two-stroke. Four-strokes are definitely the future of our sport, but I'll always have a special place in my heart for the two-stroke bikes I, just like most other motocross racers, grew up racing."
Stewart adds the 2004 AMA 125 Motocross Championship to his trophy case, which already holds the 2002 AMA 125 Motocross Championship, two AMA 125 Supercross titles from both the East and West regions, a record 11 AMA amateur championships and the 2001 AMA Horizon Award.
Although the championship is decided, Stewart still has unfinished business. If he wins one of the two remaining rounds he will become the all-time wins leader in AMA 125 Motocross racing history, surpassing Ricky Carmichael. He could also break his own AMA 125 Motocross single-season record of 10 wins should he take victory in the remaining two rounds.
"James Stewart is a very special talent," said Steve Whitelock, AMA Motocross & Supercross Series Manager, who presented Stewart his No. 1 plate on the Binghamton podium. "I have a feeling people will be talking about this championship for many years to come and the fans who had a chance to see James race this year saw a piece of racing history."
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