Of all the milestones James “Bubba” Stewart Jr. has reached, being the first African-American to dominate in motocross seems least notable—to him, anyway. After racking up a record-breaking 11 American Motorcyclist Association Amateur National titles, James was named 2002 Rookie of the Year in his debut pro season.
In 2004, he won both the AMA 125 East Supercross Championship and the AMA 125 Motocross National Championship, and four years later, he became the second rider in history to complete a perfect motocross season—24 wins in 24 races—after coming back from knee surgery. He capped off his perfect season with the 2008 AMA Speed Athlete of the Year award.
In 2009, James took the SX title, but his 2010 season was cut short when he suffered a broken wrist. The following year did, however, bring more success when James won five rounds early in the 2011 season resulting in a respectable fourth place overall in the SX Championships.
In 2012, Bubba switched to the Suzuki RM-Z450 - a move that obviously paid off as he took gold at the Daytona Supercross Championship later that year.
There was yet more success for Bubba in 2013 when he took gold at the AMA Motocross Championship (450 Class) in Minnesota and silver at the AMA Motocross RedBud National (450 Class) in Michigan.Read more