Yamaha expands Joe Gibbs Racing partnership, James Stewart joins JGR Supercross / Motocross Racing Team
Updated 5:15pm Pacific Time: Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA is pleased to announce the expansion of our relationship with Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) through a new contract that will see the highly successful team race YZ450Fs for at least the next three seasons. And in addition, the Joe Gibbs Racing team has signed multi-time AMA Supercross and Motocross Champion James Stewart. Just added below – audio of the phone conference call, as James talks about teaming up with Joe Gibbs Racing Team.
“Yamaha’s relationship with JGR has been a very positive one and we were very happy when they chose the YZ450F as their bike when they started the team in 2008”, said Yamaha Motor Co. Racing Division Manager, Keith McCarty, “and now with a long term contract the YZ450F and Yamaha will play an even bigger part in the team’s future”.
The signing of Motocross / Supercross star James Stewart to the JGR Family has everyone at Yamaha very excited about James continuing to be a member of the extended Yamaha Family. James’ proven championship capabilities on the YZ450F along with JGR’s industry leading Motorsports Racing operations will lead to an exciting combination in 2012.
“Joining our long term partnership with Yamaha along with the signing of James Stewart and the 2012 YZ450F at our disposal there is nothing holding us back from achieving all of our goals for 2012”, said Coy Gibbs about his team’s outlook on the 2012 season.
Bonus! Just added! Phone Conference call with Team JGR including Dave Evans, Coy Gibbs, Coach (Mr. Joe) Gibbs, and of course, James Stewart!
And, here is the official press release from Joe Gibbs Racing: James “Bubba” Stewart has signed a multi-year contract to race with the motocross division of Joe Gibbs Racing, JGRMX. Additionally, JGRMX has extended its relationship with Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. racing exclusively Yamaha motorcycles through 2014.
Stewart, who began racing at the age of four, is one of the most decorated riders in motocross history. He won the first of a record breaking 11 amateur national championships by age six. Turning professional in 2004 he would win the Lites AMA Motocross Championship in his rookie year. After claiming another Lites AMA Motocross title and two Lites AMA Supercross Championships he moved up to the premier class for the 2005 season. Stewart has since won two AMA Supercross titles and an AMA Motocross Championship (winning every moto in the process), becoming the first African-American to win a major motorsports championship.
He will debut with the Toyota/Yamaha/JGRMX Team at the opening round of the 2012 AMA Supercross Championship on Jan. 7, 2012 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, Calif. (2012 AMA Supercross Series Schedule)
“I am excited about joining the Gibbs racing family,” said Stewart. “My goal in Supercross is to pass Jeremy McGrath’s record of 72 Supercross wins. I am more than half way there and look forward to realizing that dream during my time with JGR. I have also had an interest in car racing and we are going to explore my potential in that sport through the NASCAR side of the operation.”
“When we started the Supercross team in 2008 we had a building phase and a championship phase. We spent the past four years learning the sport and the equipment and now we are ready to compete at the highest level with an accomplished and talented athlete like James Stewart along with our founding partners Toyota and Yamaha,” said JGRMX President Coy Gibbs. “James will also have the opportunity to explore his interest in racing some of the four-wheel vehicles we have around here as well.”
“We are proud of what Coy and the motocross team has accomplished and landing a talent like James is certainly a huge step up for our program,” stated Joe Gibbs. “We are looking forward to being a serious championship contender in 2012.”