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James Stewart crowned 125 champion

James Stewart crowned 2002 AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. 125 Motocross Champion. PICKERINGTON, Ohio - James Stewart clinched the 2002 AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. 125 Motocross Championship by winning his ninth overall Sunday, Aug. 25, at Broome-Tioga Sports...

James Stewart crowned 2002 AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. 125 Motocross Champion.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio - James Stewart clinched the 2002 AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. 125 Motocross Championship by winning his ninth overall Sunday, Aug. 25, at Broome-Tioga Sports Center near Binghamton, N.Y. Stewart, a 16-year-old rookie from Haines City, Fla., became the youngest ever to win an AMA Motocross Championship. The factory Kawasaki rider also set the record for the most wins in a season for a rookie with nine. He has the chance to break the single-season win record for AMA 125 Motocross if he earns an overall win in the season finale at Steel City Raceway, in Delmont, Pa., this Sunday. Stewart's championship makes it Kawasaki's seventh AMA 125 Motocross title.

Stewart set the tone for the season by winning his very first AMA Motocross outing in the series opener at Glen Helen Raceway near San Bernardino, Calif., in May. He went on to win the Hangtown Classic (with one moto in the rain) near Sacramento, Budds Creek, Md., Buchanan, Mich., Troy, Ohio, New Berlin, N.Y., Washougal, Wash., Millville, Minn., and Binghamton, N.Y.

Stewart is the first African-American rider to win an AMA Motocross title. "When I was coming up as an amateur my dream was to race as a pro," said an elated Stewart after the post-event ceremonies. "I really never thought I'd win this many races and a championship at this early age. Being the first African-American is great, and the youngest is cool and everything. I don't see myself as a groundbreaker or a role model, but I do look at it as an honor to be the first African-American to have an impact in this sport. I love what I'm doing and I hope I can help bring more attention to our sport."

Before entering the pro ranks, Stewart was a record-setting rider in the amateur ranks and was the recipient of the AMA Horizon Award in 2001, which honors the top amateur rider in the country. He also tallied four wins in the AMA 125 West Region Supercross Series this winter and finished the season ranked second in that series.

Stewart is slated to return to the 125 ranks next year to attempt to win his first AMA Regional Supercross title and to defend his Motocross title.

Fans can get their own official James Stewart AMA U.S. Motocross Championship t-shirt online now at www.USMotocross.com. The championship shirt is part of a new line of signature casual apparel designed for James Stewart by Wateree Sports Group, AMA Pro Racing's official licensee.

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