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Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s James Stewart returned to racing in a truly spectacular fashion by winning the inaugural Red Bull Straight Rhythm Championship. Stewart put his new Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 through its paces, winning every race to take the overall win at Pomona Auto Club in Pomona, CA, on Saturday afternoon. This performance marks the first victory for the 2015 Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450.

Despite the sweltering 105-degree Southern California heat, Yoshimura Suzuki’s Stewart was in rare form for the event. Set up in a drag-racing-style bracketing format, the two-man races saw riders go head to head down the 3,000-foot-long rhythm section. The straight course was laid out on the Pomona drag strip and included 80 jumps and a 300-foot whoop section. In other words, it was ideal for Stewart on his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450, who was blisteringly fast all day and won every race to take the overall win and title.

“This was an awesome event,” Stewart said. “I was able to qualify first on the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450. It was definitely nice to be able to come out and race, it’s been awhile. I learned a lot about the new 2015 RM-Z, and we were able to get some things figured out between races. The new bike’s really fast and it was great to get a chance to race it in a unique event like this and to take the overall win. This just makes me more excited about racing Supercross in 2015.”

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s next race will be the 2014 Monster Energy Cup on Saturday, October 18, at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, NV.


Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing's James Stewart has suffered a considerable amount of bad luck in the last few races and, unfortunately, he experienced more of the same at round eight of the 2014 AMA Pro Motocross Championships in Millville, MN, on Saturday. This was particularly unfortunate since Stewart had been looking forward to the Spring Creek National, having picked up the overall victory there last year.

At first, things were going well and the opening moto saw Stewart get a good start on his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450. Then, while running fourth on the first lap, Stewart suffered a get-off but remounted to finish seventh. In the second moto, Stewart lined up on the gate and got another good start but wasn’t feeling 100 percent. Because of a gate malfunction, the race was red flagged early and the riders lined up again. At this point, Stewart said he felt disoriented and dizzy, and retired for the day.

“Obviously, we’re disappointed,” said Yoshimura Suzuki Team Manager Mike Webb. “But more than that, we’re concerned about James. We’re not really sure what’s going on or whether he’s suffered health issues that we were all unaware of at the previous rounds. One thing is for certain, it's been a tough few weeks for James and that's taken a toll on him and the team. Right now, we’re going to get James checked out by a physician and play the next few days by ear. His health is our number-one priority.”

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s next race is round nine of the 2014 AMA Pro Motocross Championships on Saturday, July 26th, at the Washougal National in Washougal, WA.


Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s James Stewart struggled some this weekend at round seven of the 2014 AMA Pro Motocross Championship at the Budds Creek National in Mechanicsville, MD. Despite this, the Yoshimura Suzuki rider continues to be positive and focus on looking forward.

Stewart started off on a solid note at Budds Creek, qualifying fastest on his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 in practice and receiving his first Oakley Bomb Award of the season. In the first moto, he got a mid-pack start but quickly worked his way through the field and up to fifth. By the end of the moto, he was within striking distance of fourth. In the second moto, Stewart got a better start and was running in fourth right off the bat. Unfortunately, a little more than halfway through the moto he suffered a get-off and retired early.

“The day started good,” said Stewart. “We had a lot of speed in practice and this was the first race this year where I qualified fastest. In the first moto, I got a bad start but was able to come back to fifth. In the second moto, I got a good start but as the moto went on, I was just really struggling. I’m not really sure what happened, but we have some things we need to work on before next weekend. So thanks to the Yoshimura Suzuki team for all their hard work and we’ll regroup and come back and see if we can make something happen at Millville.”

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s next race is round eight of the 2014 AMA Pro Motocross Championships on Saturday, July 19th, at the Spring Creek National in Millville, MN.


Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s James Stewart suffered an unfortunate bout of bad luck at round six of the 2014 AMA Pro Motocross Championships but the enthusiastic and talented Stewart didn’t let it get him down. Yoshimura Suzuki’s Stewart still gave it his all over the Fourth of July weekend at the RedBud National in Buchanan, MI, on Saturday.

In the day’s opening moto, Stewart got a good start on his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 and made a bid to overtake fourth place on the track’s downhill plateau heading toward the notorious LaRocco’s Leap. Unfortunately, he came together with another rider, with Stewart and his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 taking the brunt of it. All the same, Stewart and the Yoshimura Suzuki team regrouped for the second race. Because of the moto-one crash, Stewart had to start from the far outside gate and, as a result, got caught up in a turn-one pile-up. Even so, Stewart managed to work his way back up to 12th by the end of the second moto.

“It was a tough day,” said Stewart. “I felt good coming into the weekend and we had a lot of speed in practice. I really feel like we’ve all worked really hard to get the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 dialed in. In the first moto, I thought I’d made the pass and I don’t know what happened, but I got tangled up with another rider and it just destroyed the bike. In the second moto, I did the best I could with the gate pick but we just had some bad luck in that first turn. So now we’ll just regroup and focus on putting in a good week of practice and see if we can come back strong for Budds Creek next week.”

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s next race is round seven of the 2014 AMA Pro Motocross Championships on Saturday, July 12th, at the Budds Creek National in Mechanicsville, MD.


Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s James Stewart captured his first overall victory of the 2014 AMA Pro Motocross season at Saturday’s High Point National in Mt. Morris, PA. Stewart came into round four of the series having picked up his first moto win at the previous round and more than topped that performance by taking both moto wins to get the overall victory. This marks Stewart’s first High Point overall win in six years.

“Today went great,” said an ecstatic Stewart. “I’ve got to give a shout-out to the Yoshimura Suzuki team. We’ve been working hard and the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 was awesome today.”

In both 450 motos, Stewart got excellent launches off the gate, overtaking the lead on the second lap in moto one and on the first lap in moto two. And that, as they say, was all she wrote because Stewart went on to pull a gap and lead all remaining laps in both motos. As a result, the Yoshimura Suzuki rider won both races and, ultimately, the overall victory for the day.

“In the first moto,” said Stewart. “I got a good start on the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 and was able to pull a good lead. I think at one point, I was out by like 13 seconds and I just kind of cruised in to the finish. It was awesome to get a win on a track where I’ve struggled a bit. The second moto was basically a carbon copy of the first. I was able to go one-one today. It’s definitely special to have started out how we did at Glen Helen, with a solid sixth place and over a minute behind, and then to finally win a moto last weekend and then to go one-one this week – it was great. I’m looking forward to having a week off, and then coming back for the Tennessee National.”

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s next race is round five of the 2014 AMA Pro Motocross Championships on Saturday, June 28th, at the Tennessee National in Blountville, TN.


Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s James Stewart brought home his first overall podium finish of the season at round three of the AMA Pro Motocross Championships on Saturday. Stewart turned in two solid motos on his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450, taking the win in moto one and finishing third in moto two. These outstanding results handed him second-place overall for the day and moved the Yoshimura Suzuki rider up to third in the overall championship points standings.

In the first moto, Stewart got a spectacular start and moved into the lead almost immediately. From there, the Yoshimura Suzuki rider put his head down and held off the competition, leading every lap to the checkered flag.

“In the first moto, I got a good start on the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450,” said Stewart. “I was able to hold on, even though I had pressure from everybody. It was good times, and it was great to get out there and finally ride like I should. So I was happy about that. I ended up winning the moto, and that was nice.”

In the second moto, Stewart got off the gate in the top five and began trying to reel in the frontrunners. Despite a brief off-track excursion, his efforts began coming to fruition with about 10 minutes to go. Stewart was able to move into a podium position and hold on to finish third. With the combined results, Stewart was second for the day.

“In the second moto, I didn’t get as good a start as I did in the first,” said Stewart. “I made a mistake in that first corner and a couple of guys got around me. And then we changed something between motos and I wasn’t really sure if it was the right direction, but I kind of struggled with it in the beginning and lost a bunch of time. Then I started coming back up and closing in on the rest of those guys. I made a huge mistake and went off the track and basically did another start. So I lost quite a bit of time right there. But I wound up making the pass for third and getting second overall. So this weekend was definitely better than Helen Glen and better than Hangtown. Every week we’re making improvements. If we keep on in this fashion, we should be solid. So I look forward to Mt. Morris.”

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s next race is round four of the 2014 AMA Pro Motocross Championships on Saturday, June 14th, at the High Point National in Mt. Morris, PA.

Yoshimura Suzuki's James Stewart Brings Home 4th at Hangtown
Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing's James Stewart stepped it up this weekend at the Hangtown Motocross Classic. Picking up his first moto podium result at round two of the AMA Pro Motocross Championships, Stewart raced his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 to fourth place overall at the famous Sacramento, CA, racetrack.

The weekend's first 30-minute moto saw Stewart get a good start and battle for a podium position before eventually finishing fifth. In the second moto, he got a better start but struggled early on before finding his rhythm. In time, though, Stewart became more and more comfortable on the choppy but flowing track and finished third. Together, the combined moto results gave him fourth overall for the day.

"The first moto we struggled a bit," said Stewart. "It was kind of like last weekend at Glen Helen Raceway, where we struggled with bike setup. In the second moto, I got a good jump and came into the first corner pretty good. On the back half of the track, I lost a lot of positions on that first lap, but then I kind of settled into a pace. We've been making improvements to get better and that moto was, and it was great to get up on the podium. I felt pretty good, the best I have in four mottos. I think if we can keep making improvements like this, we're going to be pretty tough to beat. Every moto, we've gotten a little better and I'm looking forward to keeping that going in Colorado."

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing's next race is round three of the 2014 AMA Pro Motocross Championships on Saturday, June 7th, at the Thunder Valley National in Lakewood, CO.

Lusty Industries Launches Seven MX Amateur Program
Seven MX was founded by none other than “the fastest rider on the planet", James Stewart.

James Stewart isn’t the first racer to launch his own line of riding apparel; Bob Hannah, Malcolm Smith and Troy Lee are a few past riders that all come to mind as iconic racers who threw their hat into the ring.

Stewart's newest venture came as a surprise to most, as it was a well-kept secret throughout its planning stages.

"I’ve had some great clothing sponsors in the past, and I’ve always enjoyed working with them and helped come up with special signature pieces,” said Stewart. “But there were often times that my ideas would get shot down because of budgets and other reasons. Sometimes, I felt like just an employee, rather than a part of things, and that’s what inspired me to do my own thing.”

With this exciting new chapter, Lusty Industries and Distributors are really excited to launch their Seven MX Amateur Motocross Program that runs in unison and based off Amateur Program run by James Stewart and his team in the USA.

Cody Mackie who has been a long term Lusty athlete and Professional Motocross athlete competing around the world is leading the charge with the role as Seven MX brand ambassador, with Mackie’s knowledge and incredible talents on a motorcycle he will be mentoring two amateur athletes – Cooper Pozniak and Bailey Malkiewicz.

“I couldn’t be happier to fly the Seven MX flag here in Australia for my good friend and company founder James Steward,” Mackie said. “I’ve always enjoyed working with amateur athletes, to work with riders like Cooper and Bailey is just an added bonus, they are both extremely fast and great kids."

Lusty Industries and Distributors couldn’t be happier to generate an amateur based program here in Australia. Both Cooper and Bailey will be contesting at State and Nationals levels with the support from Mackie in areas such as preparation, race day, training, social media, speaking and all areas of what it takes to become a world class athlete.

“I’ve spent recent years supporting professional based athletes, it’s a breath of fresh air to give back to the root’s of the sport and support two incredibly talented athletes” Lusty Industries Director Johnny Mclean said.

In addition to the Amateur Program, Lusty Industries would like to welcome two other great additions to the Seven MX athlete roster competing at state and national level with Brenden Harrison leading out the Pro Lites class and Jarrod Kelly heading up the MXD class. We wish them all the best for the year ahead.

Interview: Monday Conversation - James Stewart After St. Louis
Steve Matthes / Racer X

Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart is really rolling now, overtaking Ryan Villopoto in the St. Louis main event to net his third win in a row, and fifth of the season. Our Steve Matthes caught up to James in the pits after the race.

What a ride, catching and passing RV. Win number 50, and that might even be the best of the year.

Yeah, as far as me and Ryan going at it, [we did] at San Diego also, but it feels like forever ago.  Last week was obviously something pretty special, to break Ricky’s record, but to run him [RV] down on a track that was pretty basic, everybody was doing the same thing. I was able to find something somewhere, my corners got really good, and also in the main event I was able to get through the whoops good. In the heat race I was behind him, I caught up to him a little bit and I was just kind of looking at his lines in the heat race, you know, not really in a rush….

I have a theory about the heat race. I think you played possum a little bit.

I wouldn’t say I played possum. I felt like I had more speed, but with the track being so one lined, I didn’t want to give away my passing spots in the heat race. It was good. Not possum, but I didn’t show everything I had.

Whoop speed was good, you were catching him. And that dragon back was tricky.

It definitely was tricky, you had to get in the whoops and make sure you hit every one or otherwise you’d skip over the top. I was going inside all day until we figured out the bike—it was smoother over there. But then RV started going to the inside so I had to switch it up and go somewhere else. The only time I think I went outside all day was in the main event and that was because of a lapper. I think it was quicker, but I didn’t trust it, so I went back to the inside.

A little bit of a bike problem in practice but kudos to your team for getting you back out there. You said in opening ceremonies, “I guess we’ll find out in about a half hour.”

Yeah for sure, we had some issues and stuff. I think the hard part is, when these guys jet [map on EFI] for here, it’s such a temperature change, even from here [the pits] to the tunnel to the track. They got it fixed, otherwise we’d be stalling all night.

I was talking to Tim Ferry (shocker) and he told me you would go quad 3-3 over that table. But I was surprised, we didn’t see it from you.

I did it.

You did?

Yeah, I did it in practice and then I pulled off. It was two tenths faster but it was eighth tenths slower if you didn’t make it. It wasn’t worth it. That on-off was the easiest most consistent way to get it done.

I guess the only thing to work on is your starts a little bit, huh?

No … I just didn’t have a good gate in that main event. Last week in the main event, I hit a rock. This week in the heat race, I hit a rock. I didn’t have the best picks. I think I can pull them out if I need to.

Hey, congrats, 50 wins, 5 wins on the year and you never know, maybe this thing goes down to the wire.

Yeah, we’ll see. All I can do is keep trying to win races and riding the way we are. Either way, I think we’re something to be worried about.

Interview: Monday Conversation - James Stewart After Toronto
Chase Stallo and Steve Matthes / Racer X

After tying Ricky Carmichael for second all-time in supercross wins last weekend in Detroit, everyone figured James Stewart was going to get another win and break that tie soon. But after he started 14th in the Monster Energy Supercross main event in Toronto, Saturday night didn’t look like that night. But oh, it was. Here are two conversations with James from what turned out to be a memorable event.

Where do you think you were making up the most time on the track? What was your best section?
Honestly, I don’t know. The whoops… We had a little issue with the bike in the heat race. Obviously you guys saw that—I almost went over the handlebars first lap. That triple-triple…It was a tough track. Even I felt it. I think I just had a little bit left for the end and I was able to get around those guys and not give it away. Really smooth, just kind of picked my way. I almost went down a couple times first lap, with guys going everywhere. Fourteenth to first, can’t beat that.

You gained some points tonight, too.

The points are one thing. I’ve been trying to race to win races and ride good and to break the record [pass Ricky Carmichael for second all time]. To ride like that, I think that’s one of probably the best rides I had for sure this year; I’ve had probably in the last four years, for a long time. It’s a momentum builder and we’ll see if we can go for more next weekend—just have some fun. Points are points and you’ve got to give Ryan [Villopoto] a lot of credit. He had to qualify for the main event not riding the track. You guys all know I’ve done that a few times and it’s tough. So he’s a champion. That’s why he’s won it three times. You can’t overlook that. But I’m going to celebrate with the family tonight, so it’s nice.

I’ve never seen you speechless on a podium.

I’ve been speechless a couple times but not like that. It hasn’t even sunk in. What I’m thinking about is when I was a kid I used to watch racing and used to watch McGrath, get those old Fox tapes. Then a couple weeks afterwards trying to find old Cycle News’ and all that stuff, to see him winning 13 out of 14 races. To see Ricky come out here and win these things, and to have my chance to get to second all-time, and to not only do it, but do it like I just did it. I’m excited for the record but I’m also excited for how I rode. I’ve got to give a lot of credit to my team. We had an issue with the bike in-between the heat race and the main event. They figured out what it was and we got it done.

Yeah, I heard you say “way better” on the podium.

It was. We had a malfunction, but that’s why they get paid the big bucks. They’ll figure it out. I tell them every weekend if we have a bike that’s good, which we do, I feel like I can win races. I feel like I can do it comfortably, smoothly… Tonight was a little more hectic; there was a lot of stuff. But I still got the win and was able to get it done.

When you say you haven’t had a race like that in a few years, is it just the feeling on the bike? Is it how far you came from? What is it?

I think a little bit of everything. To come from that far back… And it wasn’t like those guys were right in front of me; I had to run them down. And to be able to pass them, get a gap and be strong, that’s the whole package. To have that and know I have it and to know I have to work hard to get there and still have enough to keep fighting and go around them and still have enough to pull away, it just means more to myself. Those guys ride great. Maybe they had issues or whatnot. Tonight we came out lucky and it was a good way to cap off the weekend.

It seemed like you were really soaking things in there at the end when you came across the finish. What was going through your mind at that point?

Surreal, I won, I got to second all-time in wins, how I won, fitness, just everything. As I finished racing it kind of just all hit. I’m in the race, I’m focused. I’m looking at a pit board, keeping checks on those guys so I don’t have a lot of time to think of what I just did. When I crossed the finish line and I started thinking, I’m like, dude, I came from way back and won this race. That’s when it sunk in.

There it is. That was a great ride. Terrible start, but from there you really killed it.

I got a horrible start. I got a pretty decent jump but I spun on the plastic. I got pinched off. I think I landed on somebody’s fender. Everybody was going back and forth in that rhythm section. I seriously hate it when they put jumps right out of the first corner. It’s dangerous. We had it this weekend and it’s tough gauging which guy is going to jump which one. But I was so far back I didn’t even think I had a chance to win. All the top guys were in front of me. I just kind of started picking my way up. At that point I saw Ryan and I tried to get some points on him, but I saw Barcia, Ken, and Dungey; I thought they were gone. It kind of clicked, and I won. I got up and then I kind of stalled out for about a lap and then I just started clicking them off. It was a lot of work getting up to them, trying to get around. I was pumped to still have more, have energy to fight with those guys and be able to pull away and get a little gap. So it was special.

You got the three-three before the finish you got the quad in the rhythm section. Clearly you were looking at that stuff all day. I don’t think you did it until the main event. Did you plan on it? Talk about the difficulty of those two jumps.

The three-three I had planned all day. I did it like lap five or something in the main event. The quad actually they were jumping it in practice so I thought everybody would do it, but it got really gnarly. Got a lot of ruts in it. I was seat bouncing it sometimes, standing up, almost landed on lappers. This track for some reason was tough. But I won, I don’t know what else to say.

The rollers, the wheel tap, and then three… Just killing it, old-school James Stewart stuff. Finding ways to make up time.

I guess I was really happy. I don’t know where it happened but I found ways to win. My corner speed was actually really good in certain parts. I was able to cut down. That’s how I passed Justin I believe. I had a couple spots I just kind of chilled. I sucked all day through the whoops and all of a sudden in the main event I got through them. We had a little malfunction with the motorcycle with the forks. Just something went a little wrong in the heat race, almost threw it away. They went back, changed the part out, fixed it, and all of a sudden I was going through the whoops again, so it was good.

One more win than Ricky in one less career start. I guess that’s kind of cool.

It is. I don’t ever take, well, at one point I did, take winning for granted, because it was happening every week. But out of all the races this year that was probably the best one, the toughest one. And to have the speed like that and to be able to pull things out… I rode really good at Anaheim. I rode good at a lot of races, but that particular one was, all right, I’ve got to find speed. I didn’t just get out front, just get set on the pace and make people chase me. I had to chase those guys down and found a way to win.

Great crowd response for you in Toronto. They were really pumped on you in opening ceremonies and very excited for the main.

I don’t know why, they probably knew you were Canadian and know we got a great relationship! But I honestly don’t know why. It felt like a hometown race. I sucked here last year. I think maybe where I would be coming from [come-from-behind] the crowd would be into it, but not like that. They were into it!

Interview: Monday Conversation - James Stewart After Detroit
Jason Weigandt / Racer X

Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart is the same rider who won two in a row and looked ready to challenge for this Monster Energy Supercross Championship, except now he’s coming off of three bad races and facing a massive deficit in points. He’s still riding well though, and took off with the Detroit win on Saturday night. Even better, the win, the 48th of his career, ties him for second on the SX all-time win list with Ricky Carmichael.

Talk about the start of the race, getting into the lead.

James Stewart: I got a great jump and I think I checked up a little too much going into the first corner. Guys were going down. When you hit the deck on the first lap or have something happen the last three weeks you’re trying to stay up. My guys told me, if you stay up the first lap you might be all right. So I did that. Cole [Seely] was riding good. The track was kind of one-lined, so you had to kind of pick your passes. If you went in too deep you’ll kind of lose the front and go into the guy. So I think I got him right before the finish line. I was able to get on the inside of him and get around him and just ride a solid race from there.

I saw one spot in the heat race about two turns from the end, I saw the front end go, big slide there.

Yeah I almost lost the front. The last couple weekends I feel like we kind of missed the setup for the main event. Last weekend I rode really good but its just two laps down [after an early mechanical problem] it doesn’t really matter. But I kind of used that race as kind of a gauge, fitness, everything. Daytona’s a tough race. But this weekend we struggled all day and even after the heat race I was telling those guys, we’ve got to get it. And we made the changes like we have been all year and we got it right for the main event. Definitely happy. The guys work hard. You give it 100 percent every week whether you win or get 20th but this always helps the motivation to keep going and try to build for the rest of the season and for outdoors. I think we’ve got six races left and I guess my goal right now is to see if I can get second in points, at least keep the top three, and I’d like to be second all-time in wins, that’d be nice.

Is that what it’s coming down to now, is whoever gets the setup? Everybody’s so close. You hit the setup, then you’re in?

I think so. I think all day we didn’t have the best setup. The track was really slippery. Last year I could go five or six races in a row where I just didn’t ride good. But the last three races this year, it’s unfortunate, I’ve been riding good and lost all those points. My season’s been pretty solid when you consider how I’ve been riding, it’s just unfortunate and it sucks to be riding the best I probably ever have, or at least the best I have in a few years, and kind of just run into some bad luck. But it kind of shows right there, if I get a start I can win races and it feels good.

Hey, great ride, you pulled out pretty good but I guess at the end you did see him [Ryan Villopoto].

Yeah I was gauging him the whole race and was able to get a gap on him and pull away for a little bit… I actually stalled it out there. I got three little bumps and got it started. One more and I would have had to have pulled that kickstarter out. I was able to get it going and didn’t lose too much time. The last couple of laps I knew where he was and I was able to ride it out to the finish.

We do this little pre-race podcast thing and we were talking about you specifically, you had the second best time, but I saw you go down twice, it was a little bit of a rough practice for you.

Yeah it was. We struggled all day. I think Ryan was riding really good all day—even in the heat race, we won, but it wasn’t flawless. We just tried to make some changes. Again, I’ve been riding good all year, but it’s unfortunate the last few races we lost a bunch of points, even riding good. I knew if I had a start I could be up there and win races, so I proved that and was able to do that. I was happy to save my best for the main.

At one point, two straight wins and you were only 14 points down. Fastest guy in practice at some races, but one first turn crash, one damaged header pipe, and one mistake by yourself, and you were 50 points down. It’s got to be frustrating.

Yeah it is. It’s frustrating to have that, but I was more frustrated last year to not even be that competitive for wins. Obviously the championship is almost gone, but I could still salvage second in points, or whatever. My goal right now is to try to beat Ricky’s record, and tonight I tied it so that’s special. The championship is the main thing, that was the goal all year and I really haven’t changed that. I haven’t really changed my riding, it’s unfortunate what happened. The good news is I’m riding good, I’m probably riding better than I have been for the last few years, when things are right I can be competitive and get some wins. And even when things are right, sometimes we have some weird luck. I told the guys on the team that there’s nothing I can do—it is what it is and I put the effort into it. We won tonight and it was good.

Props to you guys—I was a mechanic for a long time and I never brought an exhaust header down to the mechanic’s area. So good job to at least salvage a few points there.

Yeah, two laps down. I was actually passing people. It actually took [mechanic, Rene] a few moments to recognize what was wrong. I mentioned something before the parade lap, we were having clutch issues and he thought it was that, so he never really looked down at the header, but he did it, I passed a lot of people, I was fast, I rode hard and finished 18th [laughs].

It’s not over, this championship, but if you finish second and have the most wins—right now you’re tied with RV with three—at least that’s something you can hang your hat on?

Yeah obviously I want the championship, but I definitely want to be known as a guy that had the potential to win, and you prove it with race wins. The points are one thing, but all that I can say is that I put the effort in, and I kept the same attitude, and I think the team sees that.

Interview:Catching Up With Jace Owen
Clint Quesinberry / VurbMoto
Photos by Randall Overby

Highly touted rookie Jace Owen has come into the East Coast Supercross season looking to make a mark on the ever competitive Lites class.  Jace missed the main event by one spot in Dallas but showed great promise for much to come from the young rider.  This past weekend in Atlanta Jace lead a few laps and also made his first main event of his career kicking off his rookie season with a bang.  We caught up with the Factory Metal Works Club MX Racing rider to see how his rookie season is going.

You now have a few Supercross races under your belt.  How are things going so far?

I have had some ups and downs so far.  My first race was at Dallas and I felt pretty good going into that.  Once I got there I had a few problems with the bike and it wasn’t handling like I wanted it to.  I was really struggling with how hard packed the track was and it didn’t go as planned.  My starts weren’t on point there, I missed the main by one spot which definitely isn’t acceptable for me.  I came back to Club MX and got ready for Atlanta.  I felt a lot better in practice at Atlanta but I was still in the B practice and couldn’t really put in a fast lap.   I ended up qualifying 13th which was an improvement from Dallas.  I got a good start in my heat race and was in second and took the lead for a few laps.  I got passed and was riding in second and felt good but then I made a little mistake in the same turn that I crashed in practice and I went down.  I couldn’t get up fast enough and didn’t end up making it out of my heat race.  I had to go to the LCQ again which I didn’t want to do but I was able to get in third and then moved up to second and that put me in the main.  The main was something new for me, it was fifteen laps and not the easiest thing to do on a Supercross track wide open.  I actually popped my shoulder out during press day so that was bothering me all day long.  I was way outside on the gate for the main event and didn’t get a good start and was in 14th or 15th for most of the race but then my shoulder didn’t really allow me to keep going.  I ended up 18th which isn’t where I want to be either but it was my first main event.  I’m doing some therapy on my shoulder this week and I look forward to going to Indy this weekend and getting in the main and making an improvement.

The Factory Metal Works Club MX Race team may be new to the scene but it seems like you guys are here to make a statement.  What’s it like working with this new team so far?

So far the team has been awesome.  Lucas has backed me 100% and hasn’t really put too much pressure on me.  He wants me to give 100% and that’s what I’ve been trying to do.  We definitely have a lot of great sponsors behind the team like Club MX and Wide Open along with all of the other great sponsors that are helping out.  We’re making my bike better each and every week.  It’s been a building process for myself and the team but we’re grinding trying to do the best we can and I think we’re making a great impression.

Tell us about your first Supercross race.  Most people dream of racing Supercross their whole life.  What was it like watching opening ceremonies and lining up on the gate in front of all of those people with such fast riders?

Being in a Supercross main is something I’ve dreamed about since I started riding when I was 4 years old.  To line up there and be in front of thousands of fans is a pretty cool feeling.  I’ve been watching opening ceremonies for the 450 guys for quite some time and all of those guys are really bad dudes.  Hopefully one day I will be able to come out during opening ceremonies.  Right now though we’re just focusing on progressing and one day I will be up there with them.

You lead a few laps in Atlanta, what was going through your head when you were out front and are you eager to get the taste of the lead again?

Yes definitely, it was great to get a good start and get up front and even lead a few laps.  A lot of guys don’t get to experience that but I do expect that out of myself.  I put in hard work for a reason and that’s to give 110% when I race and ride like I practice.  I know that I have the speed of those guys but just have some things holding me back but I’ve been working on that a lot.  I know soon things are going to come together.

Now that you know what to expect and what to work on, what will you be focusing on the rest of the season to score some top finishes and make a mark on your rookie season?

First off I need to get the shoulder one hundred percent.  I need to keep doing therapy on that, it’s not an excuse but I need to get myself better.  I have the first few races out of the way now and I know how the program works.  Now I know what I can and can’t do between sessions with time.  I know when to go back to the rig and study film and get prepared.  Now that I’ve made it into the main I should be able to get into the A practice and that should make putting fast laps in easier.  Putting in good times so I can get good gate picks is important.  Starts are really important so I’m going to keep working on them so I can pull some holeshots and get myself up front.  I need to get the feeling of running up with them and start proving myself.

Lastly, what’s the biggest thing that you’ve learned racing with these guys so far this year that you never thought of before?

The biggest thing I’ve learned is how fast you have to adapt to the track.  You get ten minutes of a free practice but that time goes by really fast.  You get to walk the track but that’s not really the same.  It’s so much different every week so you have to learn the track in ten minutes so you can throw down fast laps.  You can’t just go out and lolly gag, you have to go out there and get the rhythms down right away so when the timed practices come around you can throw a heater down right away.

Jace would like to thank:

The Factory Metal Works, Club MX, Wide Open, Playground Poker, Jax Grille, Shoei, Seven, EXS Brand, Spectro, Pickett Weaponry, Impulse Graphics, TLR performance, Race Tech, Yoshimura, Pro taper, Boysenen, DT 1, Hinson, CV, Guts, Acerbis ,Renegade Fuel, Ryno Power, Stock Car Steel, Super Sprox, Dubya, Dunlop, Jenks Polaris, Engine Ice, Moto Stuff, and everyonelse that has helped along the way. 

GoPro: James Stewart's Winning Run - Arlington Supercross
Watch James Stewart win the main event at the seventh Round of the 2014 Monster Energy Supercross from Arlington, Texas.

Stewart Claims 2nd Back-To-Back Win of the 2014 Season
Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s James Stewart celebrated a stunning victory at round seven of the 2014 AMA/ FIM World Supercross Championships at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Saturday night.

Stewart raced his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 to his second consecutive win and became the first rider to capture back-to-back victories this season. He also moved up to third place in the overall championship points and is currently two points out of second.

Stewart came into Arlington after last weekend’s victory made him the first rider in 450 Supercross history to win at least one Main Event in 10 consecutive seasons. Needless to say, Stewart was ready to race.

In his heat, the Yoshimura Suzuki rider led all six laps to take the win. After making a few changes to his bike, he went back out for the Main Event, got a good launch off the gate and ran in second for the first two laps before taking over the lead. Stewart went on to turn in an effortlessly-smooth ride for the remaining 18 laps and capture his 47th career Supercross victory.

“It was a great race,” said Stewart. “I got a really good jump off the gate and I was keeping the pace nice and smooth because Arlington is a track you could easily override.

"I did have a few sketchy moments, but overall it was awesome. It was perfect. It was great to get a win last weekend and then to get another win this weekend.

"After our heat race, we made some changes to the bike that just made the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 all that much better. I know my team believes in me and that’s the best part. But I also believe in myself and when it was time to go racing, I was there.

"Now I’m looking forward to doing it again next weekend at Atlanta.” Stewart concluded.

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s next event is the eighth round of the 2014 AMA/ FIM World Supercross Championships on Saturday, February 22nd at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia.

450SX Class Results
1. James Stewart
2. Ryan Dungey
3. Justin Barcia
4. Ryan Villopoto
5. Justin Brayton
6. Ken Roczen
7. Broc Tickle
8. Wil Hahn
9. Josh Hill
10. Andrew Short

250SX Class Results
1. Adam Cianciarulo
2. Blake Baggett
3. Martin Davalos
4. Vince Friese
5. Justin Bogle
6. Cole Thompson
7. Blake Wharton
8. Kyle Cunningham
9. Alex Martin
10. Mitchel Oldenburg

450SX Points Standings
1. Ryan Villopoto (144)
2. Ken Roczen (132)
3. James Stewart (130)
4. Ryan Dungey (116)
5. Justin Brayton (114)
6. Chad Reed (111)
7. Justin Barcia (109)
8. Andrew Short (83)
9. Wil Hahn (65)
10. Broc Tickle (63)

250SX Points Standings
1. Adam Cianciarulo (25)
2. Blake Baggett (22)
3. Martin Davalos (20)
4. Vince Friese (18)
5.  Justin Bogle (16)
6. Cole Thompson (15)
7. Blake Wharton (14)
8. Kyle Cunningham (13)
9. Alex Martin (12)
10. Mitchel Oldenburg (11)

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Interview: Monday Conversation with James Stewart
Jason Weigandt / Racer X Online

Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart becomes the fourth winner of the 2014 Monster Energy Supercross Championship, and considering JS7 sits third all time in career supercross wins, maybe that’s not a shock. However, his approach this season is surprising, and, yes, different than in the past. The old James Stewart just tried to blow past people with pure speed. Now, he’s talking strategy, smarts, patience and bike set up. After the race, James chatted with several reporters.

How was it?
It was good to win like I did, to get better as the race went on, to pass Ryan in the beginning and to have a solid race. Couple little mistakes but I think we all were making them. The track was slippery and tough. It just feels good … to be so close at Anaheim, to have a chance to pass for the lead with five laps to go and go down, and at Oakland we were riding really good, I just ran out of time. We [the team] all kind of knew it [the chance to get a win] was there; it was just a matter of time before we got a good start and put 20 solid laps in. I knew I had a chance to do it, but with some of the things and some of the years I’ve had in the past, you’re just like, let me cross the checkered flag and then I’ll celebrate! But we did it.

Go through the race a little bit.
I got a great jump and I don’t know if I moved too far forward coming off [the gate] but I spun. I’m not sure what happened, and then those guys got me, but I squared around the inside. I think maybe I passed Ryan, I think we went back and forth a couple times in the first few corners. By that time I kind of knew he was going to be the guy, and I was keeping an eye on Reed. I made a few mistakes the first two laps and they kind of closed back up on me. I was watching Ryan, but I’m also watching the race behind me making sure I’m not slowing it down too much, and make sure we were starting to kind of gap those guys. Ryan made a mistake. He would close right up there, throw a wheel on me and I’d get a clean lap and just kind of pull away. Then I ended up catching the lappers and they kind of jacked up a little bit, but those guys were racing, too. So I was able to get though those and pull away for the last three or four laps. It was good. The track was easy to over-ride and I think we did a pretty good job tonight.

In that second corner, I think that dragon back step up, that looked like one of the scarier sections out there.
Yeah, one time I almost looped out over it, and one time I almost landed on Chisholm. It was tough because you had to commit right out of the corner. If you didn’t commit you didn’t have enough speed and the bike would just spin going off the top of it. It was tough. The last lap all I was thinking, if I get through that and the whoop section the race is mine. I was kind of cutting that corner close over there before the finish line. I kind of tagged that little pole a few times. There were a few parts to the track that I knew I just had to be kind of careful and let the race wear on and I felt like I would get better and that’s what happened. It feels good to know that you’re doing the right things.

Did you go through a progression of setups throughout the day?
We did. I think it was more chasing the track. When you first got here it was really tacky and more of a drier kind of dirt. Then the second practice it was shiny, just slippery. So we changed the tire. Then the third practice changed to like a moisture—it was really just kind of greasy like Anaheim. Then you get to the heat race and it was kind of loose and the main event was different. So we were more chasing the track, just trying to, I call it “guestimate” what we can do as far as the main event. We made a pretty big decision by changing both tires. Normally we don’t try to do that but we did it and it seemed to work, so I was happy about that.

You did a lot of work during the week. What did you change? Did it make a difference tonight?
With Rob [Rob Henricksen, RG3 suspension] coming on [to the team], everything we had during the off-season, from an engineering standpoint, our bike was good. We raced the Monster Cup and we were trying to build off that. He came in and started changing a lot of things a couple weeks before Anaheim. Since November, I’ve spent three days in Florida until now. So I’ve been out here in California testing pretty much every week. Every week we change something and see if it’s better. We completely screwed the motorcycle up at Anaheim 3. And the cool part is as a team, just through everything we went through last year, there’s no pointing fingers after it. I’m right there with them. Those guys know I work my butt off, those guys know I’m in shape, so it’s easy to come in and know that we struggled with the bike. It wasn’t a physical thing, it wasn’t anything else. We just struggled with the motorcycle. So we went back and put the main event setting on at the test track, and it sucked. So we just built off that and made sure we didn’t go that direction again. I think we’re only getting better. We’ll go back from today, there’s some changes that we need to make and we’ll go back and work on it next week.

You and Chad showing the 20-year-olds in the rest of the field that there’s still some life in you.

[Laughs] You guys throw me up there to that old age too quick. I’m like two years older than Villopoto and Dungey. I’ve been around for a while and I think honestly this is probably the best I’ve ever been in my career as far as race smarts, management, physical condition, even when I was training with Aldon [Baker] I feel like I’m stronger now than I was then. I feel like the team is completely behind me. We went through struggles last year, but even with those struggles I was happy racing. So it means a lot to come out here and go, all right, we did it again, boys. We did it conventionally. It wasn’t like Atlanta last year, I felt like we won the race but it wasn’t like I dominated. Tonight I felt like, I got out front and this is where I belong, I want to try to finish this off. So I think the mentality is a lot different, and hopefully we can just build off this. You should never get too overconfident. You have great races and you have a bad race and fortunately last weekend we know why we had a bad race and this weekend we nailed it. Every race so far that we’ve been good, even when we’ve been bad we’ve still been right there. There’s a long way to go and this championship ain’t done until they count me out. Hopefully we just continue to knock these points down. Anaheim 1 stings right now but we just got to keep fighting and get back into it.

With the testing going well out here do you stay out here or do you go back home to Florida?
One of the things that the team did this year, we knew our test track needed to be better. So Mike [Webb, team manager] put a lot of money into it to make it better. He brought in dirt. He did what was necessary. That made it easier. Plus we got Broc and Josh [Tickle and Hill from RCH Suzuki] but they do their own thing and we kind of do our own thing. So I’m really the only guy that tests right now. It helps me out. I feel like I’m actually a pretty good test rider. Unfortunately sometimes it doesn’t pan out, but I think this year the bike is better than ever. Like I said, I’ve been riding better than ever, so that’s a testament to bike setup, me, and just being strong either way. So it’s going to be good.

Another career win for you, are you thinking about the numbers?
No. What was on my mind, somebody said I got 46, what number was on my mind was 1. I was going to get the first win of 2014. So we got that. We’ll worry about the record books when we get there. You’ve got to start winning first. It’s my own fault; sometimes you start looking ahead, trying to chase a number and you haven’t even gotten to second place all time. Our focus is main event, ride 20 laps, and I feel like if we ride 20 laps how I can, hopefully we’ll have races like that. Ryan [Villopoto] will be strong. I’ll be good, but my whole thing is just to be solid every weekend and I really feel like we have been, just sometimes the results don’t show it.

First lap you were behind Ryan and you took two or three shots at him and got him. It looked like you were out of the gate like, “I can win this, I’m going to go for it.” Did you feel that good right off the bat to go after him that early?
Yeah, I did. I think that all comes back to being in shape, knowing I have what it takes. That’s just because I’ve been injury-free. To come here and to know that I had a great off-season and to know that I can run that pace as long as I need to. So I wanted to take a shot, plus I knew the track was kind of one-lined so I didn’t want to get out there and let him get comfortable or vice-versa. And he was trying to get back around me. I think it maybe kind of surprised him a little bit because I’m normally not the guy that takes big shots in the beginning part of the race when it comes to getting the lead. I take chances when I’m last place off the gate, I’ll make that happen, but if I’m up front I usually try to let the race settle down. But tonight I felt good. It’s funny how you go from last weekend holeshot to fourth in two corners and tonight I got a decent jump, came around third or fourth and then made my way up to first.

The tracks this year seem like they’ve been a little bit more technical from the get-go. Would you say that’s true in your opinion? And if so, does that suit your style?
For sure, I agree they have done a better job. I think they allow for more passing. This track was tight, but when you get back into football stadiums they’re going to be a little bit tighter. The 180s [180 degree turns] definitely help. The whoops were bigger tonight but they were rounded. That was a big key. That was nice. As for the team and how I feel, I feel like this year it’s been different. I’ve been able to ride really smooth, to a point to where sometimes I come in and they’re like, “Are you trying?” Yeah, I am, but I feel like the tracks are a little bit tougher, and I feel like as the day goes on I’m really proud of myself for being at my best in the main event, not practice or the heats. Three, four weekends we have been. Tonight we were just able to put it out front and 20 good laps and we won. So that’s what it came down to.

Interview: James Stewart - 2014 Pre-Season
Steve Matthes / Racer X Online

These days James Stewart’s a different guy. Perhaps the most polarizing motocrosser who has ever raced, Stewart is going into (or possibly already in, depending on your opinion) his golden years as a racer and more than ever before, he’s taking a look around to smell the roses. Still one of the most talented and fastest riders on the track, the #7 has now gone four years without a title and had his worst season as a pro in 2013. But he’s more at peace with these facts than a younger James Stewart would have ever been.

Always a great interview every time we speak, I called James on the eve of another season opener to get his thoughts on all of the above, his new business venture and much more.

Your Seven gear has finally launched. In talking to some of your guys, you’re not just slapping your name on something; this is kind of your baby.

Yeah, it is. I talked to Roger [Larsen, Seven Gear Brand Manager] a couple years ago about possibly doing this and just finally the opportunity kind of came. It’s my gear company, but technically my name’s not even on it, it’s my number, Seven. I think I’ve learned it’s a process of developing and samples and all this stuff, [and] production. Just different things that I never knew about.

But I’m hands-on with everything that you see in stores in the next year and beyond. I’ve directly helped design it, put it out, take different colors for here and there, basic design seeing how it fits, everything. It’s definitely a lot more than just slapping the name on it and to be able to see it in the stores… I hear it’s pretty much always sold out. The only way you can get it now is if you go to a dealer and try to get it. It’s sold out on the website. It’s special. Like I’ve always said, I’ve always kind of had an eye for fashion and that stuff. To me it’s kind of just taking a different level to not only leaving my name in the sport as far as racing and the things I’ve done on a motorcycle but to things off the motorcycle as well.

From what I’ve seen and heard the gear is high-end, it’s high quality. So it’s a little different from a lot of stuff out there.

I went back and forth on the price myself. It’s expensive, but we’ve got to make some cheaper stuff so everybody can get it. And we will. But there’s a lot of difference in the stuff, like if you know about fashion, embossing, the different leather, all these different things. We didn’t just go okay, theses pants cost 20 bucks, let’s charge $200. It really costs a lot of money to do it. So we’ll see. I know a lot of people are kind of skeptical about it. I think a lot of people say, “They’re charging 200 bucks for it?” But I think once you feel it and see how light it is… the pant that you buy I think weighs either a pound or less than a pound. The stuff is super light. Everything’s really light. We’ll see. It’s been pretty good.

One thing I wanted to talk to you about was the Red Bull Straight Rhythm. Red Bull announced that they want to make it a competition. That looks like something you could drop into New York City or something and it would be pretty sweet.

I think that’s what the whole concept was about. They wanted to take something, and I think the cool part, [is you could] just drop it in the middle of a city and have all these normal people hanging out at a hotel, watching dudes going down the street on a motorcycle. Originally when I thought about it I thought it would be cool to go out there and jump some jumps, but at the same time I’m like, “It’s going to be boring. It’s going to be down a lane and then you’re going to be done with it.”

When I went down there I was really surprised. I think the cool part was, when we rode, they were like, “Hey if you like it we’ll do it and if you don’t like it, we won’t do it.” So it wasn’t, “Hey we are doing this.” It was fun. When I knew it was fun was when I see [Ryan] Dungey out there doing heel-clickers and whips and stuff. So he was enjoying it. Me and Malcolm [Stewart, his brother] enjoyed it. It was a lot cooler than what I thought. It was exciting when I was just on the side watching Marvin [Musquin] and Ryan race each other. I think it’s going to be cool and build another aspect of motorcycle racing.

In my eyes, because he doesn’t do a lot of this stuff, the most amazing thing was getting Ryan Dungey to go there. He seemed to enjoy himself!

He was out there until almost 5:00, whipping it and doing that stuff. I was in the helicopter flying out with Marvin and he’s still down there throwing whips. I’m like, dude, he must be really enjoying it. So that was cool. I’ve got to give Red Bull credit for trying something different. I think it would really be cool once they figure out which city they’re going to put it in or wherever they want to put it, that’s going to make it cool also.

What are your thoughts coming into yet another supercross season?

There’s just a lot different for me. Obviously I ended it well with the [Monster] Cup and all that stuff. But it’s been pretty mellow. Nothing besides getting sick, which everybody does. I think we’re all training so hard you get to a little low point now and then. But I think we’ll see where we’re at, all that stuff. I feel good. I’ve had a solid few months of just riding and training and all that. No nagging injuries. Actually it’s pretty different for me. You always go there and say you’re ready, but I’m in a pretty good place right now.

Looking back on last year, you won a ton of heat races, you were the fastest guy in qualifiers and you won a race. But you stalled it a couple times, your bike broke before the main one time, which was super weird. It was a very bizarre year for you and also it wasn’t one of your better years. How do you think about it?

Yeah, I think it’s weird for you to say that I won one race and I still had a smile every week. I was still out there signing autographs for fans and doing that stuff. Like I said before, it got to the point where I was like I can either sob and hate life or I can ignore it and go on. At that point the way things were happening from the stalls, to the clutch issues, all the different things, it was kind of like I don’t know what’s going to happen so I might as well just enjoy things. It was probably the most fun I’ve had last year, probably since I was on 125s and maybe my undefeated season. I actually had a good time last year and I think it kind of shows. That’s why I was able to keep moving. But it was definitely awkward.

The cool part about that, what happened last year, is this off-season we found out why things were happening. So I’m not completely an idiot in just stalling the motorcycle. There were things that we didn’t know until we had off-season tests and oh, okay, this explains why this happened. So we got answers for everything. We’re trying to make everything better. This year I definitely plan on winning a lot more and I just hope that good things will happen, but either way I’m just going to enjoy it and make the best of it.

I’ve known you for a long time and we’ve spoken quite a bit through the years. I don’t think the James Stewart of 2008 would have handled what happened to you as well as the James Stewart of today did. You seem like you’re in a much better place mentally. I don’t know if the pressure’s off you or what, but you do seem to take this way better than you used to.

I do. I think that’s just life and age and realizing where your at. You’ve got a choice to enjoy it or you’ve got a choice not to. The outcome is going to be the same. Some of things that happened there’s nothing I could have done. That’s how I look at it. I think people look at that and they take it two ways: usually they take it as I’m growing up, or they’re taking it as I don’t care about racing anymore and it doesn’t bother me. For sure the latter’s not true. It’s still alive, it stills burns my ass when I’m sitting there.

But instead of taking me a few days to realize that okay, I can’t do anything about this, it takes me only ten minutes to realize that. And so I move on instead of being pissed off at the fans and not coming out to sign autographs. It ain’t their fault. They came to see me. They want to see me. I need to at least go out there and say hi and stuff. The guys on the team, they didn’t try to do it on purpose. It’s kind of like if you go to the airport, you’re traveling, they lose your bag, it’s not like they did it on purpose but everybody takes it so damn personal. You’ve just got to enjoy it and move on and learn to deal with the situation.

Having said that, do you regret some of the reactions from earlier in your career? Do you wish you would have stopped to smell the roses earlier?

The only thing that I probably, and I wouldn’t say I regret, but I would say I wish I’d enjoyed winning more instead of taking it for granted. That’s it. But to be honest, all the things like getting upset and stuff and maybe not taking things in the best way, I pretty much had a good reason to be that way. It’s like anything, you have your girl or whatnot and if you don’t fully trust her everything that she does is wrong, whether she’s wrong or right, she’s wrong. And I felt like in some situations I never felt like I was always being true. It was always something, whether it was true or not, I felt like it was always dishonesty behind my back, like nobody was completely honest. One thing I believe in: as a team we win together and we fail together. So I think that’s one of the reasons why this year I realized that when our bike broke at Dallas they straight up told me what happened and it was their fault. Same thing when we were High Point, the thing that broke, they admitted that it was their fault.

And when I sucked at Daytona, I’m like, ‘That’s my fault.’ When you’re with a team and everybody’s just like, “Look, dude, we’re sorry. We’ll have to make it better” it burns, it still hurts, but it makes it easier. You feel like you’re getting the honest truth about things. There’s a lot of crookedness and shady people in this industry. I grew up having a hard time trying to trust people. I always grew up as a loner. So if you do it to me once I have a hard time trusting you. So I think a lot of that was back then I didn’t trust all the people I was around. Not everyone, I trusted a lot people on the team, there were a lot of good guys. I had a lot of great relationships on the team that I was on, but my whole Mike Fisher experience, and then unfortunately how the that situation ended up happening… it was just the wrong people that had so much power with people I didn’t trust the most. It kind of sucked but you live and learn.

Maybe I’m wrong, but that’s probably something to do with growing up being black in a white sport. I imagine you got treated pretty shitty at times, and sometimes you still are. I can’t relate to that but I think maybe that’s part of it, why you sometimes think that no one is on your side.

I’m not going to blame it on me being black because I’ve learned that’s ignorance. Those are people that don’t really know me. The people that have burnt me are the people that I would call family. Not my family, but when you have some of your closest friends and people that tell you, “Dude, I love you, man” are the same people that will turn your back on you and do harm. So if I can’t trust the people that I stay in the same house with or have been in the same house with and we work together, how can I trust the people that I don’t know? It’s one of those situations that one day I will sit down and write a book and I guarantee people will have their eyes opened. There are a lot of people who will read it and really understand who I am, but I felt like at this point I’m still racing. I feel like if I let that book out right now there’s going to be some fans that are going to love it and a lot of people who don’t even know who I really am, but they’d be putting a lot of people on blast that I’m not ready to do.

In 2008 I was hanging out a lot at the Kawasaki truck with Timmy [Ferry] and you were crushing everybody outdoors—a perfect season. You were going out there and just winning by a minute or over a minute and it still seems like you were feeling the pressure and not always happy.

Well yeah, everybody’s expecting me to win. The only time I felt pressure in 2008 was the last race, Old Dirty Dog, I call him (Timmy Ferry). He was trying to break my perfect season. What people didn’t realize, and unfortunately it happens with a lot of teams, the team was split down the middle. You had your guys and Timmy had his guys. And it wasn’t me and Timmy. It wasn’t like we disliked each other, it was just maybe Timmy did this or maybe Fisher liked Timmy more or whatnot. I remember having a conversation with Tim and him saying, “This ain’t me. I’m not trying to make it like this.” And I’m like, “I know, but a lot of people don’t know we have one team but it’s split down the middle.”

Unfortunately the fans don’t see that. Most people on the outside, if you’re not in the truck you don’t see that, either. You see me sitting there winning a race by a minute and coming back to the truck and not overjoyed but that’s because I’m sitting there looking at a guy thinking, “I know this guy hates me right now.” And it sucks to be under the same roof and it’s tough to be under the same tent as those guys saying that, “Yeah, this is my team.” But it’s not my team.

I heard from the guys at Suzuki, when Ricky [Carmichael] was out there and you’re talking to him and he’s helping you, and you’re telling him stuff about the bike… look at the GOAT and James Stewart working together!

We’re having conversations. Things are definitely a lot different. He’s definitely helping the RCH guys and I’m sitting there listening in. And the cool part is we all had the same issue. Whether it was me or him or Josh [Hill[ or Broc [Tickle]. We’re all kind of talking about the same things, so we’re all on the same page. It was easier for Ricky to go through a lot of stuff as a test guy than me trying to do it. Ricky was helping with that. But I would say us completely working together, sharing parts and all that stuff, I don’t think it’s like that, but we definitely have conversations like, “Hey, is your bike doing this?” I’m like, yeah. And he’ll go out and try to keep on working on their stuff. So it’ll work out. It’s been good.

But that’s something that maybe wouldn’t have happened a year ago. From what I understand it was still a little bit more of a wall between the two teams. But now it seems like it’s a little bit better.

I think that’s more like Yoshimura and Suzuki getting into the RCH program. Those guys, it’s not like they’re going to come in and give out all the secrets and all that stuff. Everybody has to get to know each other. I think a year of those guys being there and being solid helped, and that’s what made it easier.

Sometimes when things go south on a rider you can see him, he’s just not doing the same things as he used to do. But with you, it’s weird because you had your worst season as far as wins but you still looked good, jumped things other didn’t, set fast times and all that. Do you think your skills are slipping with age or do you feel as good as ever?

Yeah, I do. Obviously I think things changed. I just think bikes and teams have gotten better. I think when you have that obviously it raises the level of the riders and all that stuff. So it really comes down to when they left two-strokes I think it took a lot of talent out, and I think the more these bikes get better and better… obviously everybody that races has talent. The guys that are winning, both Ryans, all of these guys, but I think you really have to rely on teams and the bike setup. If you don’t have 100 percent faith in your bike or you’re not feeling good or if it’s personal, you’re not going to win no matter if you’ve got talent or not. I think that’s the thing. So for me, can I do all the same things I did in 2007, 2008? Yeah. I would say as a racer I’m probably a lot smarter and know more things, know when to go and do whatever I feel like whenever I need to.

But I would say the way the bikes have caught up and all that technology it’s like talent alone can’t win now. It has to be a full team compared to back in the day it was like, “You know what, the bikes are good but they’re not that great. I’m still talented enough to jump this. I’m still talented enough to override it,” where now everybody’s going so fast it makes it tough. I think that’s what happened with Chad [Reed]. And Chad’s always been that way. Even back when him and me raced, with Ricky, when we all three raced. He would be like winning one weekend, battling with us, and the next weekend he would come out and be 30 seconds back and be barely making podiums. He’s always been that guy like if the bike setup’s not there he’s not going to push it. I think with him this year what happened is he’s still probably the same guy that he was back in 2007 when things weren’t going right. He’s probably that same guy, but then everybody else’s bikes got better and they got better. So instead of finishing third riding around at 50 percent, you go around at 50 percent and you only finish about 20th. So I believe that’s what happened. We’ll see the difference this year.

You told me one time you like to do the podcast interviews because that’s your words right there. How is your relationship with the media? Do you feel like sometimes what you’re saying isn’t represented correctly with the words on the paper?

Yeah, I definitely like to have people interview me on camera but podcasting is good also because it’s straight off my tongue. It’s hard to put words on that. I remember an interview last year when I said I would never ride Yamahas or whenever that interview was, that came out completely wrong and it was a bad situation. The Yamaha guys were going to hate me for it. I’m like, if you guys understood what I really said he would know. And like you said, I feel like there’s some media that’s good and some media that’s bad. Hey, I read where you said I wouldn’t have a chance at the supercross title. But we’re on the phone talking right now. The reason I can talk to you is I respect you. You say that truth. A lot of people take that and say, “You said that about me?” I appreciate somebody being honest about it. So I have more respect for you. I do think the media likes talking to me but I definitely prefer podcasts over written interviews.

You seem like you’re more into those post-race interviews on your site. Another way where you can directly talk to the fans about what happened that night, another way of you controlling the message.

Either way I get a chance to talk about the race. It’s cool. If you really want to know what happened, go there. At the Cup, the first race, people thought I got a bad start and finished eighth. Nobody knew I crashed back and all that stuff. There are things that the media misses and TV misses that I have a chance to be able to talk about. When I’m on TV and doing those interviews on the podium, those interviews are kind of strict. On my little deals I can talk as long as I want, so it works out.

You were in ESPN Magazine as the “next” one. Who’s next now? Who do you watch? Who do you look at? I mean 250 guys or (Ken) Roczen or somebody like that?

Obviously you got Ken and you got [Eli] Tomac, but even going back to the amateur guys, it seems like every time I turn it on there’s some new kid that I’ve never heard of all of a sudden just winning. There’s no dominant guy it seems. So I don’t know. I think everybody knows who’s doing good. But I think the biggest difference between the 250F class or amateurs is the pressure once you do it to do it over and over again. I think that’s what’s going to happen. But it’s funny when you think about it. You would think both Ryans are a lot younger than me. They’re like two years younger than me. I’m 27. I think Villopoto is either 25 or 26. They’re close.

How much longer you got?

This year I’m definitely in. I’d like to stay with Suzuki again for 2015. I would say after ’15 then it becomes if I’m still having fun. So I would say the next two years for sure I’m here and after that then it’d be a question mark.

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Interview: Meet the Markolf Brothers
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Brothers are a common sight in motocross, and we can list off a number of speedy siblings without much thought. The next pair to add their names on the list are Will and Max Markolf, a pair of teenagers from South Carolina that are currently climbing the amateur ranks. With the help of Seven MX, the two ventured west to California and spent a number of weeks living behind the Troy Lee Designs race shop in a motor home in order to prepare for the Monster Energy Cup and other amateur events. Just before the family loaded up and headed back to Club MX, their home facility, we stopped by the shop and chatted about the rigors of amateur racing, testing in California, and living in a cramped space for a stretch of time.

What brought you both into racing?
Max: Our dad used to race local stuff and got Will his first bike when he was one year old.

Will: We started riding when we were five and six, and we started racing in 2007. It got serious pretty quick after that and one year after our first race, we did our first National. We didn’t do much, but it was a good experience because instead of racing the local guys, we got to see how the “real deal” was. It was an eye-opener, because we got to see who the best were. Three years ago, we joined Club MX and started taking things seriously and our speed has picked up since then.

How have the last six weeks gone? You drove cross-country and lived in an RV behind the Troy Lee Designs shop so that you both could practice and train.
Will: We decided to come out here so that Max could get prepared for Monster Energy Cup and ride the dirt here. We were both riding Supercross and mostly came out for it, but we found out about the Dodge National and did that right away. We went to Vegas and Max raced, and we were going to head back home but decided to stay for two more weeks because we hadn’t ridden many outdoor tracks with the group of guys here.

How many people were in the RV and did you ever have cabin fever back here?
Max: It was our Dad, us, and our practice mechanic Tyler. Don’t get me wrong, four people in a motor home gets a little tight, but we just dealt with it for now [Laughs].

How did you decided who would sleep where?
Both: It just kind of happened!

Will: Our dad slept in the back, and once he flew home that made it a little easier until he flew back right before the Monster Energy Cup.

Being young amateur riders, did you have much Supercross experience prior to this? How difficult was it to learn?
Max: A few years ago we started to do Arenacross, which is an East Coast thing, and had the taste for tight racing. I have always liked Supercross and Arenacross, and I like banging bars, so it wasn’t too hard.  To jump into with some other kids who have never ridden Supercross, I feel like I have an advantage there and I enjoyed it a lot.

Max, how did the Monster Energy Cup go?
Max: At Loretta’s, Feld came and said that they’d like for me to be a part of the event and it was an honor to do it. I was excited from the get-go, because I went last year and watched, and this whole year I have been looking to race it. This was the last time that I could race it on a SuperMini and I wanted to do good. I trained hard for it and was ready, but qualifying didn’t go the way I wanted and I had troubles with bike problems in the first practice when I blew out my front wheel. I had some bad luck in the first moto and I landed on a kid and couldn’t get my bike restarted for an entire lap. In the second moto, I got a bad start again and came back from 14th or so. When we got the white flag, I thought we were just two laps in! Six laps go by quickly when you have a bad start. To go there and do that, to ride the same track as the pros is a great experience.

How is that track as a SuperMini rider?
Max: I’ve hit big jumps before, so I am not afraid to do them and I have that Arenacross experience from the past. When I was walking the track, I knew what I could do and at some point it was a little intimidating, but at a point you have to just go for it.

How is it to work with the Seven MX crew?
Max: It is great, especially being with James Stewart. He is a legend in the sport and for him to make a gear company and want us to be a part of it is great. With him coming to us, it is crazy how involved he is in everything. He tells us how things work and asks us what we think.

Will: He lets us try the gear out and for me, he will use me for reference and see what I think and where they would want to place the logos. To see the material they are using is pretty gnarly. What was your program here like?
Max: The first few days of riding, we were on the new Supercross track at Club MX and then came out here, raced the Dodge National, and rode Supercross for the next week and a half. We stuck to riding at Milestone and Pala, just because we had such a short time.

How long is the drive back to Club MX from Southern California?
Will: It’s 36 hours, but it usually takes 40. Tyler and I drive sometimes, but our dad drives the majority of the time.

What is your daily program when you are back home?
Max: We wake up at 7am and go on a 45-minute to an hour run, have breakfast at 8:30am, ride from 9:30AM until noon. After that we have free time until 4:30PM, which is when we get anything done that we need like laundry, bike work, or school work. From 4:30PM to 6PM is our workout, after that we have dinner, and after that until 9PM we have free time again. It is a pretty busy day there.

Will: We stay there fulltime through the week in our RV with our mechanic, Tyler. Sometimes we go home to get a bike or parts, but it is easy to go back and forth.

How often do you race the bigger amateur Nationals? Do you go to all of them?
Max: We start in Texas and race Oak Hill and Freestone, then hit the qualifiers for Loretta’s, then race the Mini O’s. Every now and again will we do events like the Dodge National, but we stick to the main ones.

If you have a bad moto at a race like that, does it weigh on you or do you have to forget about it?
Will: It is kind of hard, because you always get mad when mistakes happen but it’s part of the sport and you have to deal with it. You always want to look at the next race.

Max: I always look towards the next moto at the positives, but it doesn’t always work out as well as you plan. When you are coming back from a bad moto, you have to remember that another one is coming up.

What do the next few weeks look like for you both?
Max: We have two weeks at Club to ride and train, and then we will head to James Stewart’s right before the Mini O’s, which is pretty exciting and we are looking forward to going there. We may take a week or so off, but then we will come back to California.

How about the next 12 months?
Max: Moving off of the SuperMini is something that I have to wait for. I have seen a few kids make the move too early and other too late, so we have to time the move to the big bike perfectly. I don’t think I will be on a 250 too soon, because we are taking it race by race.

Will: B class this year was hard for me, because it was my first year on the four-stroke fulltime. I got the hang of it at Loretta’s, but I had some bad luck in the mud. Next year I think I will be in the top-three.

The plan is to go pro, right? This wasn’t all to skip school for six years.
Will: Definitely. It takes a lot of hard work, but I can see it happening. I don’t to say that I will be a top-pro, but I want to be. If everything goes to plan, it is the goal.

James Stewart Gets the Cover of On-Track Off-Road Magazine

2014 Seven Racewear Debut at MEC

Seven was derived from Troy Lee & James Stewart’s passion for speed, performance and style. It’s a brand created to take athletic racewear to heights never before reached. Seven is racewear designed around the athlete and his highest performance demands.

The 2014 Seven racewear line will make its highly anticipated debut at this weekend’s Monster Energy Cup in Las Vegas.

Seven athletes James Stewart, Jace Owen and Max Markolf will team up with Team TLD athletes Cole Seely, Jessy Nelson and Justin Hoeft at MEC. These significant seven will take to the track in the 2014 Rival racewear kits.

“We wanted to launch Seven at MEC this weekend. It’s a cool race and I’m super proud of the new line. We’ve been working on it for well over a year. In fact, James had asked that his brother, Malcolm, race in it at a National this past Summer. We couldn’t do that at that time, but I offered up the entire TLD team for MEC,” said Troy Lee.

Seven will debut with the Rival line which will be available in three designs and colorways, along with a uniquely designed TLD SE3 helmet that will merchandise with all three racewear sets. Two glove styles, the Zero and the Rival, round out the collection.

The entire Seven line will be available at key authorized Seven dealers and at mid-November, 2013.

James Stewart Out for Lake Elsinore
Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing announced today that James Stewart will sit out the final round of the 2013 AMA Pro Motocross season this weekend in Lake Elsinore, CA. Due to recent injury, the Yoshimura Suzuki rider plans to take time to fully recover so that he can focus his efforts on preparing for the upcoming AMA/FIM Supercross season, which starts in January 2014.

“This was a tough call to make,” said Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing Team Manager Mike Webb. “Especially since we’ve had some good momentum going after the win at Millville. But as a team, we all agreed that after the setbacks at the last two races, James’ time would be best spent recovering so that he can focus on Supercross testing in September. After that, we can turn all of our attention to winning the Supercross championship in 2014.”

Prior to ending the 2013 AMA Pro Motocross season one race shy of completion, Stewart raced his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 to overall victory at the Spring Creek National and finished on the podium at three additional events.

Furthermore, Stewart was fastest qualifier in multiple rounds and picked up five holeshots this season. In the 2013 Supercross season, the Yoshimura Suzuki rider became one of just three racers ever to have gone nine straight seasons with a win.

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s next race will be round one of the 2014 AMA/FIM Supercross Championships on Saturday, January 4th, at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA.

About Yoshimura:
Yoshimura is “The Leader in Performance” and has been for more than 55 years. With unmatched skills, knowledge, and passion for racing, Yoshimura is on the forefront of the aftermarket exhaust industry. Yoshimura pipes are race bred and feature the same legendary performance, fit and quality that has been their trademark for more than five decades. To learn more about Yoshimura and view their wide variety of performance products, visit

About Suzuki:
Suzuki Motor Corporation founded Suzuki Motor of America Inc. (SMAI), Brea, CA, in 2013. SMAI markets motorcycles, ATVs, scooters, Outboard Engines and Automotive Parts and Accessories via an extensive dealer network throughout 49 states. SMAI’s parent company, Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC), based in Hamamatsu, Japan, is a diversified worldwide manufacturer of motorcycles, ATVs, scooters, automobiles and marine engines. Founded in 1909 and incorporated in 1920, it has 147 distributors in 201 countries. For more information, visit Like Suzuki on Facebook for exclusive team content

James Stewart Takes First Outdoor Win of the Season at Spring Creek MX
Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing / Seven’s James Stewart celebrated his first 450 class overall victory of the season in spectacular fashion at round nine of the 2013 AMA Pro Motocross Championships at the Spring Creek National in Millville, MN, on Saturday. Stewart rode flawlessly all day as he also raced his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 to his first 450 class moto win of the year en route to the overall victory.

Having finished on the podium in the last two rounds, Yoshimura Suzuki’s Stewart was ready to take his rightful spot on top of the box this weekend, and he was not to be denied. In moto one, Stewart got a good start on his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 and ran fourth before moving into a podium position. Pushing the edge but maintaining his composure, Stewart went on to overtake second and then the lead. Despite constant pressure from the competition, he sailed across start/finish to capture his first moto win of the year.

“It was great to get the moto win,” said Stewart after the first race. “For me, for my family, for the Yoshimura Suzuki team and for my fans. I had to work for that one, and I had a good pace going in the beginning. But it had been a long time since I’d been in the lead and it got a little close toward the end. But a win’s a win, and we’ll take that right now.”

The second moto saw Stewart get the holeshot and lead for the first several laps before turning in another smart race and finishing a solid third. The combined moto results were good enough to give the Yoshimura Suzuki rider the overall victory for the day.

“I’ve been getting good starts in the last few races and that’s made all the difference,” said Stewart, after taking the overall win. “The Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 pulled another holeshot and this win was a long time coming. In the second moto, I felt like I rode better when I was running in second and those guys made me work for it – it was just bar to bar out there. I’m so happy right now and I’m looking forward to taking a week off and coming back strong for Unadilla.”

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s next race is round 10 of the 2013 AMA Pro Motocross Championships on Saturday, August 10th, at the Unadilla National in New Berlin, NY.

Race Recap

Watch the Spring Creek National Race Highlights from American Motocross here.

2013 Millville MX 450 Results:
1.  James Stewart
2.  Trey Canard
3.  Ryan Dungey
4.  Justin Barcia
5.  Ryan Villopoto
6.  Andrew Short
7.  Mike Alessi
8.  Chad Reed
9.  Jake Weimer
10. Broc Tickle

2013 AMA Pro Motocross 450 Standings:
1.  Ryan Villopoto – 413
2.  Ryan Dungey – 379
3.  Justin Barcia – 307
4.  James Stewart – 269
5.  Trey Canard – 263
6.  Mike Alessi – 195
7.  Andrew Short – 191
8.  Jake Weimer – 184
9.  Broc Tickle – 183
10. Josh Grant – 176

About Seven MX:
Seven gear evolved from the collaboration between an artist and a racer. From Troy Lee's passion of working with the World's fastest racers to James Stewart's desire to develop sports driven performance gear, Seven is redefining limits. Read the more about us at

About Yoshimura R&D of America:
Yoshimura is “The Leader in Performance” and has been for more than 55 years. With unmatched skills, knowledge, and passion for racing, Yoshimura is on the forefront of the aftermarket exhaust industry. Yoshimura pipes are race bred and feature the same legendary performance, fit and quality that has been their trademark for more than five decades. To learn more about Yoshimura and view their wide variety of performance products, visit

About Suzuki:
Suzuki Motor Corporation founded Suzuki Motor of America Inc. (SMAI), Brea, CA, in 2013. SMAI markets motorcycles, ATVs, scooters, Outboard Engines and Automotive Parts and Accessories via an extensive dealer network throughout 49 states. SMAI’s parent company, Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC), based in Hamamatsu, Japan, is a diversified worldwide manufacturer of motorcycles, ATVs, scooters, automobiles and marine engines. Founded in 1909 and incorporated in 1920, it has 147 distributors in 201 countries. For more information, visit Like Suzuki on Facebook for exclusive team content

Seven Partners with Oakley and Infinite Hero for Red Bud
At this weekend’s Red Bud Motocross National, James Stewart, Oakley, the Yoshimura Suzuki MX team and Seven MX will be showcasing the culmination of a project that they’ve taken on to bring attention to the Infinite Hero Foundation and the cause that they’ve championed.

Infinite Hero Foundation ( funds programs that drive innovation and the accessibility of effective treatments for military heroes and their families through a yearly grant cycle. The Foundation partners with veteran service organizations by offering grants to achieve two critical goals: Drive innovations that accelerate rehabilitation; and increase the availability of critical mental and physical health services for the military and their families.

Infinite Hero is proud to have Oakley, Inc as its founding corporate partner. For decades, Oakley has supported the military by developing new technologies that improve the safety, performance and comfort of those whose lives depend on their gear.

While we’ll spend the weekend celebrating our country’s independence, James Stewart and the entire team will be dressed down in the colors of the Infinite Hero Foundation. This to show solidarity with the cause, while sharing its purpose with our MX community.

“I look at it like this, sure we race and may go down and take an injury. And after that we have so many people and avenues for us to get healthy again and compete at our best. But honestly we’re just racing. We have to make sure there are ways to put those types of efforts to work and help to get our troops back to the best they can be. They do so much for us, they lay their lives down. When they get home we can only do our best to help them back up.” - James Stewart

James and the team will be hosting a group of wounded warriors at this weekend’s race though a partnership with the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA - and Infinite Hero. But to bring further awareness and ultimately raise money for the Infinite Hero Foundation, James worked closely with Infinite Hero, Oakley, the Yoshimura Suzuki team and his MX riding gear company Seven to create a special set of gear set in the colors of Infinite Hero. James will race in the gear this weekend and it will then it will be signed and given to the Infinite Hero Foundation to be a part of a fundraising auction that they will be setting up later in the year.

For more information on Infinite Hero please check out their website:
Or come by and see them at the Yoshimura team hauler this weekend at Red Bud. Thank you all for the support and have an awesome holiday weekend.

About Seven MX:
Seven gear evolved from the collaboration between an artist and a racer. From Troy Lee's passion of working with the World's fastest racers to James Stewart's desire to develop sports driven performance gear, Seven is redefining limits.

About Infinite Hero:
Infinite Hero’s pledge to those who have risked their lives is to reward their sacrifice and bravery with support that articulates our gratitude. We partner with like-minded organizations to provide access to innovative rehabilitation programs that address the unique needs of veterans and their families. The measure of our impact is positive outcomes, not merely gestures. Like the heroes we serve, we refuse to shy away from a challenge. Where boundaries exist, we will plow through them. Where strategies and solutions have not yet
been found, we will create them. We will marshal the resources of technology, community, medical research and mental health care to foster collaborative innovation and affect positive change for our heroes in need.

About IAVA:
IAVA is the first and largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. With over 200,000 Member Veterans and supporters nationwide, IAVA strives to build the New Greatest Generation. Our programs empower our community online and offline, and include health, employment, education and  community (HEEC) resources. But don't just take our word for it.

Stewart Podiums at Hangtown MX Opener
Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing's James Stewart celebrated two stunning holeshots and a solid third-place overall result at the season-opening round of the 2013 AMA Pro Motocross Championships at the Hangtown Motocross Classic in Sacramento, California, on Saturday.

After missing the final three rounds of AMA/ FIM World Supercross series due to injury, Stewart returned to racing with a vengeance over the weekend, demonstrating tremendous speed, discipline and consistency and racing two very smart motos: In both 30-minute races, he took the holeshot on his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 and got out-front immediately. In the first moto, he led briefly before slotting comfortably into third. In the second moto, he stepped it up and led the first five laps before again finishing third. The two combined results handed the Yoshimura Suzuki rider third-place overall.

Said Stewart: "I ended up going three-three for the day and I'm really happy about it, especially considering where we've been for the last six months. With my knee and everything else that happened, I just wanted to come out of Hangtown with a top five. After the first moto, the third place was good and I got both holeshots on the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450, which was pretty cool. So I was happy with third overall. I'm really happy with 'three-three' to start the season off. Next, we'll go to Colorado and focus on getting better each weekend."

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing's next race is round two of the 2013 AMA Pro Motocross Championships on Saturday May 25th at the Thunder Valley National in Lakewood, Colorado.

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Seven Team debuts new gear!
Check out the Seven amateur team wearing the new gear at Freestone MX!

Seven Athletes at Freestone

Seven Athletes at Freestone Amateur National
For months, rumors have been circulating that Seven, the fledgling gear concept brand named after the plate’s holder, James Stewart, would be recruiting an elite team of amateurs. It was fitting then, that the team including Jace Owen, Chase Bell, Ashton Hayes, Will/Max Markolf and Jalek Swoll debuted the new line at the James Stewart Freestone Spring Classic. Color-matched helmets (sans the Monster Energy riders) completed the kits that were nearly an exact replica of the gear JS7 wears every Supercross weekend.

For James, debuting the gear on the amateur team was a major milestone. From concept with master-painter Troy Lee to it’s debut at Freestone, James was involved in every step of the development process. While production releases are still pending, the gear is completely inspired by the racers that wear it, taking the term “Rider Owned” to a whole new level.

The team is captained by Roger Larsen, a long-time friend of Stewart and veteran to brand development in action sports. Speaking with him recently, he explained that the team is really tight knit. The riders work with Roger and James on development and also had the opportunity to spend a day at Atlanta supercross with JS7. There's a sense of "doing it for James" in terms of performance that lends a cool dynamic of respect within the ranks of the SEVEN am squad.

Jace Owen:
The “A” class shredder from Charleston, IL carries the torch for Seven gear in the pro class. The Suzuki pilot has been building his career steadily, pulling down top 5 finishes in Loretta Lynn’s and battling out front throughout the March nationals.

Chase Bell:
The Bell brothers are on the fast track to the top. While his brother Zach battles in the 250 East Supercross championship, Chase has been doing damage in the amateur ranks on his way to the pros. At Oak Hill, Chase won the 250B Stock and Modified classes with impressive form. To cap off a successful amateur national sprint, he debuted the new gear with a moto win in 250B Stock and solid top 5’s throughout the week.

Max and Will Markolf:
The Wonderkids Max and Will are jack-of-all-trades. They’re wakeboard shredders and straight-up rippers in the mini classes, and they are part of the new-school revolution of badass mini kids with ridiculous style before ever swinging a leg over a 250F.

Jalek Swoll:
When you meet a kid like Jalek, you know immediately there aren’t many like him. He’s got style for miles and backs it up with dominating performances on track, like an 85 (9-11) Mod championship at Millcreek. When a kid is having fun there’s no limit to his potential, he’s clearly on a fast track to the top of the amateur ranks.

Seven Athletes at ATL SX

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Seven Athletes at Atlanta Supercross
"Supercross last weekend in Atlanta was awesome. I never knew how fun it was. .I had a great time with the whole team, they were awesome and I felt I could adapt to everyone pretty easily.  For the future of our sport I would like to see James rockin that number one plate! I would like to thank Seven, James, Troy, Roger, Greg and the whole team I'm so happy about the gear and to be a part of all this." (Jalek Swoll)

"What an awesome weekend in Atlanta with James and all the SEVEN riders!  Being able to walk the track and discus the fast lines with James and the  team was so cool. It was my first time walking a AMA Pro Supercross track and I had no idea how big it was, it was huge! Right after track walk, we all headed up to the stands to watch practice. When I was watching practice, I noticed a lot of the new up and coming pros really struggling with timed qualifying for the first time. That's why I think it so important to have timed qualifying at the amateur nationals like the James Stewart AMA Spring Championship. It helps to get up and coming riders used to it. It was awesome to see James kill it in person too! After the main, we all ran down to the pits to congratulate him. Throwing high fives and hanging out after the race with James was too cool!" (Max Markolf)

"I got to go to Atlanta supercross over the weekend and it was super legit! I headed down there on Friday with a couple buddies and got a hotel room. Wanted to make sure we could watch all of practice and didn't miss out on anything. One thing about supercross that I didn't know was how many other people are behind the team helping the riders out. You have mechanics, truck drivers, trainers, your gear and goggle guys, and the list goes on and on. They are all giving it 100%. It was pretty cool to be able to go out on the track walk with James, the Suzuki team, and all of the seven guys. They talk about lines in all the rhythm sections what you can and can't do. I hope to see this sport just keep growing and growing. Pretty crazy to see 70,000 people in the stadium all cheering for their favorite riders.  I knew James' time was coming. It was only a matter of time before he was getting his 1st win of the season. He was on it all day leading into the heat race and he won that. Then in the main he got the holeshot and just put in 20 consistent laps and wasn't touched all race. Now that he has that fire back in him to win and he knows that he can, James is going to be tough to beat!" (Jace Owen)

"This weekend in Atlanta was an awesome one with the Seven team! Being able to hang with all of the riders on the team was great and we all get along really well. We got to do track walk with  James and talked about the different rhythms and lines he thought were best, and James is really personable so it was super cool! It was awesome to see what a pro SX track looks like from the ground too! I was pumped to see James get back to his winning ways, and look forward to him racing the rest of the year because he is riding incredible!  I'm also looking forward to see how Seven is going to change the gear game! They're doing next-level things that nobody has done or seen before!" (Will Markolf)

"First of all I would like to thank you guys as much as I can for supporting me and for what you are doing for me and my family.  I think it's just an all around great team, with one of the fastest riders on the planet in charge of the team.  And for me to be on this team with him is just a dream come true!. And for my take, this last weekend at Atlanta SX was great time! Getting to do track walk with James and all my teammates was awesome. What I learned from this weekend is that anyone can win it's not all about the fastest lap times in practice, it's about who has the mental edge on the other riders and just has THAT much more confidence and the will to win.  And also to just try to get yourself out there and keep a good reputation for later on in your career. It was awesome to see James win, just shows everyone that he still can and he will proceed to do it and amaze people by his great personality and awesome riding style" (Chase Bell)

"The weekend in Atlanta for the supercross was great, It was awesome being able to hangout at the Yoshimura Rig with James and Roger and the whole team. The team was able to go out for rider track walk in the morning and walk the track with James, It was an awesome opportunity to be able to do that and to just be a part of all of it. I never realized how similar amateur motocross is to the professional level. Supercross and Motocross are just a bigger version of everything we do now and I look forward to being at that level in the next couple of years. The whole seven team is really cool and we all get along good so it just makes it that much better,  It's awesome to see that James is so open to us and is just as stoked on the whole deal as we are. I wish I could be in St. Louis next weekend to do it all over again! I think this year the riders have stepped there game up and it would be awesome to see the same thing happen for the next couple of years. I just want to say thanks to everyone at Seven for letting me be a part of it all." (Ashton Hayes)
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