James Stewart and Michael Byrne to Race in Toronto and Vancouver
Irvine, Calif. (November 16, 2005) — Kawasaki Racing Team announced today that four-time AMA Supercross/Motocross Lites Champion James Stewart and his teammate, three-time Australian Motocross Champion Michael Byrne will race in the two international rounds of the Amp’d Mobile AMA World Supercross GP series. The events are scheduled for Dec. 3 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, and Dec. 10 at the BC Palace Stadium in Vancouver. The series concludes at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, May 6.
Stewart, of Haines City, Fla., had his debut season in the Supercross class cut short due to a fractured left forearm, but the 19-year-old persevered and captured victories in Dallas, Seattle and Houston, securing his place in the sport’s premier category. This season Stewart returns to Supercross with his eye on his first Amp’d Mobile AMA World Supercross GP championship.
“I’m pumped to go to Canada and compete at the World Supercross GP,” said Stewart. “My KX"¢450F is awesome. I have been testing with the team and I’ve been riding and training very hard. I’m looking forward to meeting the Canadian fans and showing them an exciting race.”
Byrne was sidelined last season after a shoulder injury sustained in Atlanta prevented him from competing in the remaining seven races of the Supercross series. The 26-year-old Australian, who now resides in Murrieta, Calif., used the down time to rehabilitate and test the all-new KX450F. His efforts paid off with a stellar second place overall finish at the U.S. Open in Las Vegas last month.
“This is a huge opportunity for me and for Kawasaki,” said Byrne. “I’m excited to compete for my first World Supercross GP title against a field of very talented riders and I’m thrilled to be riding the KX450F. This is a great way to showcase our bikes on an international level.”
“We are very pleased to compete at the international rounds of the Amp’d Mobile AMA World Supercross GP,” said Mike Fisher, Kawasaki’s Motocross Team Manager. “This event is the perfect platform to showcase our racing team and the new KX450F. We’re up for the challenge.”
The two international races coupled with 15 of the domestic races (excluding the Daytona Supercross) comprise the 17-round Amp’d Mobile AMA World Supercross GP championship. Kawasaki Racing Team will make its domestic debut at the first Anaheim Supercross on January 7 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif.
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