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Stewart crowned 125 West Region champion

Stewart dominates again winning AMA 125 West Region Supercross title. PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- James Stewart clinched the 2003 AMA 125 West Region Supercross Championship Saturday night in Irving, Texas, by winning his sixth race in seven rounds....

Stewart dominates again winning AMA 125 West Region Supercross title.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- James Stewart clinched the 2003 AMA 125 West Region Supercross Championship Saturday night in Irving, Texas, by winning his sixth race in seven rounds. The 125 West Supercross Series concludes on April 26 at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, but Stewart's 34-point lead gives him an insurmountable margin over last year's 125 West champ Travis Preston. Stewart, 17, of Haines City, Fla., will now turn his focus to the season-ending AMA Supercross race in Las Vegas on May 3, where he will compete in the Davey Coombs Sr. Memorial 125 East/West Shootout. A week later he will begin his title defense in the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Motocross Championship, which kicks off on May 11 at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, Calif.

Stewart won the race at Texas Stadium much like he's won the other rounds of the series. He put his No. 259 Team Chevy Trucks Kawasaki KX125 out front on the first lap and led the entire way, sprinting away to an 18.1-second victory. Stewart said he felt happy to win the title he lost to Preston last year. "This championship is special," Stewart said. "I learned a lot in the (125 West) series last year. I made a lot of mistakes then and hopefully got that out of my system. Winning an AMA Supercross Championship has always been a dream of mine."

"James is one of the most naturally gifted riders this sport has seen," said Team Chevy Trucks Kawasaki manager Mark Johnson. "You add his drive and determination into the mix and you end up with a kid who goes out on the track with a chance to win every race he enters. We've put James on an excellent bike and surrounded him with a solid racing program. His development over the past year and a half has been incredible. He has fun at what he does and it shows out on the track."

Stewart's championship marks the seventh AMA 125 West Region Supercross title for Kawasaki.

Stewart predicted a competitive 125 East/West Shootout in Las Vegas. "I think with Travis (Preston), Matt Walker and myself we'll represent the West well. There are some really talented riders from the East as well, but I think if I ride the way I have been all season I should have a good shot at winning."

Stewart won the prestigious year-ending 125 Shootout race last year in Las Vegas.

PAST 125 WEST REGION SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONS

YEAR, RIDER, HOMETOWN, MACHINE, WINS
2002, Travis Preston, Hesperia, CA, Honda, 2
2001, Ernesto Fonseca, Costa Rica, Yamaha, 5
2000, Derrick Shae Bentley, Ellenwood, GA, Kawasaki, 2
1999, Nathan Ramsey, Corona, CA, Kawasaki, 5
1998, John Dowd, Chicopee, MA, Yamaha, 3
1997, Kevin Windham, Baton Rouge, LA, Yamaha, 5
1996, Kevin Windham, Baton Rouge, LA , Yamaha, 6
1995, Damon Huffman, Acton, CA, Suzuki, 6
1994, Damon Huffman, Saugus, CA, Suzuki, 2
1993, Jimmy Gaddis, Las Vegas, NV, Kawasaki, 1
1992, Jeremy McGrath, Murrieta, CA, Honda, 7
1991, Jeremy McGrath, Sun City, CA, Honda, 5
1990, Ty Davis, Hesperia, CA, Honda, 2
1989, Jeff Matiasevich, La Habra Heights, CA, Kawasaki, 6
1988, Jeff Matiasevich, La Habra Heights, CA, Kawasaki, 3
1987, Willie Surratt, Lancaster, CA, Suzuki, 0
1986, Donny Schmit, Bloomington, MN, Kawasaki, 2
1985, Bobby Moore, Canyon Country, CA, Suzuki, 1

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Drivers Kevin Windham , Jeremy McGrath , Ernesto Fonseca , Damon Huffman , James Stewart