James Stewart has found a new home with Yoshimura Suzuki Racing; it was announced today that Stewart had signed a multi-year contract effective immediately. JS7 will compete in both AMA Pro Motocross and Supercross aboard the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 beginning with the first round of the 2012 AMA Pro Motocross Championship in Sacramento, California on May 19, 2012.
Stewart, often called the “fastest man on the planet,” joins Yoshimura Suzuki with a long list of accomplishments. The native Floridian, 26, has amassed six AMA Championships, including two AMA Supercross titles and an AMA Pro Motocross Championship, which he earned via a perfect season. He also has a FIM World Supercross Championship as well as two Motocross des Nations titles to his credit.
“I’m really looking forward to joining the team,” said Stewart. ”It’s been a pleasure to get to test with these guys and meet the team. I’m very excited -- I love the bike. We’re all excited to get the ball rolling and see what we can do over the next few years. I just want to thank everyone at Yoshimura and American Suzuki for giving me this opportunity.”
“James is a great addition to our team,” said President of Yoshimura Racing, Don Sakakura. “He is an amazing rider and gifted athlete and we feel very fortunate to have him join Yoshimura Suzuki. We will do everything possible to help ensure his and the team’s success.”
Team Manager Mike Webb, long-time Team Suzuki mechanic Lee McCollum and the rest of the Yoshimura Suzuki squad will support Stewart in his run for the 2012 AMA Motocross Championship and beyond.
“We’re extremely pleased with the announcement of James joining the Yoshimura Suzuki team,” added Webb. ”We all look forward to working with a rider of his caliber. We feel very confident we can provide him with the equipment he needs to ride to his capability. We’re working hard right now, though we don’t have a lot of time, but we’re very focused on getting ready for Hangtown and we’re definitely looking forward to the opener.”