SEATTLE. (April 28, 2007) — Kawasaki’s James Stewart wrapped up two titles in dominating fashion on Saturday night at the Seattle round of Amp’d Mobile Supercross at Qwest Field. The 21-year old Haines City, Fla. native clinched the Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP and Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series championships with his 12th race win of the season.
With the recent retirement of Suzuki Ricky Carmichael, the sport and its future, seemed to be passed along to Stewart on this night. And to Stewart’s credit, he has taken things in stride, both with the gracious manner in which he paid tribute to Carmichael’s retirement earlier in the season and his recent dominance of the sport, including five straight wins leading up to the title.
“I am definitely happy to be in the position I am in and I hope that I can continue to help the sport grow from here, said Stewart. “I also hope that I can continue to kick it up that extra notch to give the fans the show they came to see. I will still be working hard as ever because there will always be another fast guy coming up to challenge for the win.
Stewart’s titles were not exactly handed to him, with Carmichael, of Tallahassee, Fla., winning once and Yamaha’s Chad Reed, of Tampa, Fla., claiming two main event wins. And while most in the sport can agree on Stewart’s talents on the track, Kawasaki team manager Mike Fisher says it’s what goes on behind the scenes that makes this year all the more enjoyable.
“Our entire team puts in so much work that when we win championships like this, it’s a huge payoff, said Fisher. Our testing staff and riders spend endless hours at the test track perfecting even the smallest of things, so this is what makes it all worth while.
Stewart’s season started off with trying times north of the border in Toronto, where a late-race crash injured his foot at the series opener. He would ride through the pain a week later in Vancouver and limped away from the Canadian rounds with a sore foot and an important 42 points in the standings.
The series took a break over the Christmas holiday which allowed Stewart the ability to heal and make a triumphant return to racing with wins in the next three races at Anaheim, San Francisco and Anaheim again. That three-race win streak gave him momentum, and with the pending retirement of Carmichael, who would only race three more times, Stewart took control of the series. He won eight of the next 11 races, including tonight in Seattle to close out the season, earning his second straight Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP title and first-ever Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series championship.
“Man, it has been a great season and I am pumped to wrap this thing up a race early, said Stewart. I have to say though, the past few years have really been a learning experience for me and now it’s all paying off. Last year, I won the World Supercross title and it felt great, but nothing like winning both titles this year.
Stewart will have one last round of Amp’d Mobile Supercross at the season finale on May 5 — in front of a live audience on SPEED – where he will shoot for his 13th win of the season, followed only by the 14 win seasons of Carmichael (2001) and Jeremy McGrath, of Encinitas, Calif., (1996).
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About Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP„¢/Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series
Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP, produced and promoted by Live Nation is a 17-round global off-road motorcycle stadium racing circuit. Riders must compete in the international rounds to be eligible to win the world championship. In 2006-2007, the 17-event Amp’d Mobile Worrld Supercross GP will be comprised of two international events and 15 of the 16 events that are conducted in major cities throughout the United States as a part of the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series. Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series is a 16-event series solely conducted in the United States. The other Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series event held in Daytona Beach, Fla., is independently produced by the International Speedway Corporation and is not a part of the Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP. An Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series rider will be crowned as the national champion for the series of events conducted in the United States only.
The FIM, Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme, is the body that globally governs motorcycle sport at the world level. Among other matters, the FIM groups together 94 affiliated National Federations relating to the sport of motorcycle racing. AMA Pro Racing is the National Federation representative that sanctions motorcycle-racing events in the United States. Dorna Off Road S.L. is an internationally recognized sports management group established in 1988 with an emphasis on major international motor sports events. Dorna is headquartered in Madrid, Spain with branch offices in Barcelona, London and Tokyo. In addition to its involvement with Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP, Dorna manages the rights to MotoGP. For more information on Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP/ Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series, log on to www.supercrossonline.com.
About Live Nation
Live Nation is the world’s largest live music company. Our mission is to inspire passion for live music around the world. We are the largest promoter of live concerts in the world, the second-largest entertainment venue management company and have a rapidly growing online presence. We create superior experiences for artists and fans, regularly producing tours for the biggest superstars in the business, including The Rolling Stones, Barbra Streisand, Madonna, U2 and Coldplay. Globally, we own, operate, have booking rights for and/or have an equity interest in more than 160 venues, including House of Blues® music venues and prestigious locations such as The Fillmore in San Francisco, Nikon at Jones Beach in New York and London’s Wembley Arena. Our websites collectively are the second most popular entertainment/event websites in the United States, according to Nielsen//NetRatings. In addition, we also produce, promote or host theatrical, specialized motor sports and other live entertainment events. In 2006, we connected nearly 60 million fans with their favorite performers at approximately 26,000 events in 18 countries around the world. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Live Nation is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, trading under the symbol “LYV.
About AMA Racing
AMA Racing is the competition arm of the American Motorcyclist Association and is the leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the United States. Its professional properties include the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series, the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship presented by FMF, the AMA Superbike Championship presented by Parts Unlimited, the AMA Ford Quality Checked Flat Track Championship, the AMA Supermoto Championship and the AMA Pro ATV Championship. In amateur and pro-am competition, AMA Racing sanctions over 4000 events in 24 different disciplines and supports over 110 thousand active members. For more information about professional racing, visit www.amaproracing.com. Accredited media outlets can also access an on line Press Room at www.amaproracing.com/pressroom. For amateur racing information visit www.amadirectlink.com/amrace/amasports.asp.