Fresh off the announcement of his split from Joe Gibbs Racing, James Stewart has singed a multi-year contract with Yoshimura Suzuki Racing. Stewart with take on both the AMA Pro Motocross and Supercross aboard the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450
"We're extremely pleased with the announcement of James joining the Yoshimura Suzuki team," added Team Manager, Mike Webb. "We all look forward to working with James and a rider of his caliber. We feel very confident we can provide him with the equipment that he needs to ride to his capability. We're working hard right now, though we don't have a lot of time, but we're very focused on getting ready for Hangtown and we're definitely looking forward to the opener."
Read on for more on Stewart’s newest venture, as well as a statement regarding his departure from Joe Gibbs Racing:
Stewart, often called the "fastest man on the planet", comes to Yoshimura Suzuki with a long list of accomplishments. The 26-year old, native Floridian has amassed 6 AMA Championships, including two AMA Supercross titles and a perfect season, AMA Pro Motocross Championship. He also has a FIM World Supercross Championship as well as two Motocross des Nations titles to his credit.
"I'm really looking forward to joining the team," said Stewart. "It's been a pleasure to get to test with these guys and meet the team. I'm very excited – I love the bike – Ever since I rode it from day one I knew it was a great opportunity for me to come out and showcase my talent. With Mike Webb as the team manager and Don (Sakakura), the President of Yoshimura Racing – It's been great what they've been doing – The whole team is phenomenal. We're all excited to get the ball rolling and see what we can do over the next few years. I just want to thank everyone at Yoshimura and American Suzuki for giving me this opportunity."
"James is a great addition to our team," said President of Yoshimura Racing, Don Sakakura. "He is an amazing rider and gifted athlete and we feel very fortunate to have him join Yoshimura Suzuki. We will do everything possible to help ensure his and the team's success. Our company has been built on racing and winning championships and we intend to keep that tradition alive with James and his incredible skill on a motorcycle."
Team Manager, Mike Webb, as well as long-time Team Suzuki mechanic, Lee McCollum, and the rest of the Yoshimura Suzuki squad, will support Stewart in his run for the 2012 AMA Motocross Championship and beyond.
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (May 6, 2012) – Effective immediately, JGRMX (Joe Gibbs Racing -Motocross) and James Stewart Jr. have mutually agreed to release Stewart from his contract for all Racing and Media Relations responsibilities that were assumed by him at the beginning of the 2012 racing season. We wish to thank James for his contributions and wish him the very best for the future.
Here is statement from Stewart regarding the split:
I just want to take the time to publicly thank everyone affiliated with Joe Gibbs Racing and with Yamaha for everything we've done together this year. It has been a rough year and it's obvious that this is not the outcome any of us saw coming. But in the end, we believe this is what's best for all of us. There have been a lot of rumors and talk about our relationship, but there's really not a lot of truth in them. I do and have always appreciated the time and effort put in by everybody at JGR and at Yamaha. With Yamaha we've shared some really great times and those are times that I will never forget. Thank you all for the effort, the support and for the good times we've had. I really do wish the best to you guys and congratulations to Davi on finishing up the season on such a high note.
Let me also take this chance to be clear. My focus is on racing and fighting for wins. It always has been. And I really look forward to lining up on the gate and competing at all the MX races this season. Thank you to all the fans out there that have stuck with me through thick and thin. Thank you to my sponsors, thank you all for your support and we'll see you at Hangtown. I can't wait to get out there.
– James Stewart