James Stewart, 16, from Havana, Fla.,earned the 2002 AMA Motocross/Supercross Rookie of the Year after finishingsecond in 125cc Western Regional Supercross and winning the 125cc Motocrosschampionship.
En route to winning his first 125cc Motocross championship, the Team ChevyTrucks Kawasaki rider became the youngest rider to win a championship andwon 10 of the 12 races, a single season record in the 125cc class. Thestellar season placed Stewart on the top-10 all-time 125cc Motocross winlist, categorizing him with legendary riders like Mike Kiedrowski and RonLechien.
“I wanted this win my entire life,” Stewart said after winning his first125cc Western Regional Supercross race at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.
In supercross, his debut was that of a learning experience. Capturing three125cc Western Regional Supercross wins, Stewart’s run in with inconsistencycost him the title. At the finale in Las Vegas, he rebounded and won theDave Coombs Sr. 125cc East/West Shootout.
As of now, Stewart plans on defending his 125cc Motocross championship andwinning a 125cc Regional Supercross championship before moving to the 250ccclass.
The AMA Motocross/Supercross Rookie of the Year is based on combined pointsand must be the rider’s first full year with an AMA professional motocrosslicense.