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|James "Bubba" Stewart is taking over title sponsorship of the second annual AMA Spring Championship.|
James Stewart announced Tuesday that he's taking over title sponsorship of the second annual American Motorcyclist Association AMA Spring Championship, thanks to a new partnership between his company, James Stewart Entertainment (JSE) and the Freestone Raceway in Wortham, Texas.
"The JS Spring National is such an honor," said Stewart, breaking news of the new partnership via Twitter. "It's just the start of a great year for me & JSE. It's Just the beginning of my involvement in MX."
The James Stewart AMA Spring Championship will be held at Freestone Raceway from February 28 through March 3, 2012. In addition to lending his name to the event, Stewart plans to be on hand for the official track walk-through on Monday, February 27. And, as a big bonus perk for the winners, he'll be personally mentoring the champions of each of the 49 amateur race classes and inviting them to ride at his personal training compound in Florida. Online registration for the event is already open at www.FreestoneMX.com, and the young riders couldn't ask for a better riding coach: Stewart dominated as an amateur with a record-breaking eleven AMA Amateur National titles before his pro debut in 2002, when he was named Rookie of the Year. He's since been the AMA Supercross Champion in 2007, 2008, and 2009 (with 42 career wins) and the Motocross of Nations Champion in 2006 and 2008, and even picked up a silver medal in the X Games' Moto X Best Whip competition in 2009.
|"Having my name attached to an event such as the AMA Spring Championship is amazing" said Stewart.|
"Having my name attached to an event such as the AMA Spring Championship is amazing" said Stewart, elaborating on the news in a statement published on his website. "I always wanted to be a bigger part of the motocross industry and I think this is taking amateur racing to a new level. I loved competing in amateur races, so my heart has always been with the younger generation coming up because they are the future of our sport." James added "To be there and to be a part of that younger generation and to know one day these future champions are going to say that they had to go through the James Stewart AMA Spring Championship is a true honor. I look for this just to be the start of many great things with my relationship to this event and I know it will give me goose bumps to look up and see 'James Stewart AMA Spring Championship' as I drive into the track."
In addition to pursuing new partnerships through JSE in 2012, Stewart has big plans of his own to get back on top of his sport after struggling his way through 2011: In October, he announced his goal to nab both the AMA Supercross and Motocross titles in 2012 and signed with Joe Gibbs Racing to race on Yamaha through 2014 to help make it happen, a deal which also leaves open the possibility for him to get behind the wheel to try his hand at NASCAR racing with the JGR team.