James Stewart and JGRMX Split

May 6, 2012
JC Hilderbrand
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Hilde is holding down the fort at MotoUSA’s Southern Oregon HQ. With world-class dirt bike and ATV trails just minutes away, the hardest part is getting him to focus on the keyboard. Two wheels or four, it doesn’t matter to our Off-Road Editor so long as it goes like hell in the dirt.

James Stewart: I felt good tonight but that start stopped me from going for the win. I made some good passes and some aggressive ones to get up through the pack. I was catching those guys up front and then I slowly had to roll the triple at one point and that ended the race right there. I did my best and the team was awesome. We definitely had the chance to do it tonight but the start killed us. - Atlanta
James Stewart’s 2012 SX Race Results: 6, 8, 3, 1, 2, 15, 6, 3, 5, 1, DNF, DNR, DNF, DNR, DNR, DNR, DNR.

James Stewart will not race for the JGRMX Toyota Yamaha team anymore. The former Supercross and Motocross champion has come to an agreement with the JGRMX team which releases him from the contract. Stewart is now free from “all racing and media relations responsibilities that were assumed by him at the beginning of the 2012 racing season.”

In his first season of the multi-year deal, Stewart managed wins in Oakland and Daytona and led 25 laps, but the rest of his season was not up to the usual standards, sinking as low as a 15th at San Diego. Stewart crashed out at Indianapolis and again in Houston, which allowed Ryan Villopoto to secure the title. He did not attempt to race after that and the reports of his dissatisfaction with the JGR Yamaha started swirling rapidly. With the 2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship officially closed following yesterday’s race in Las Vegas, Stewart will find another bike to ride. He’s heavily rumored to be destined for the saddle of a Suzuki RM-Z450, though it’s not certain for which team.

Stewart recently announced that he would race the Hangtown Motocross opener. There’s no word yet on if he still plans to attend, though it’s doubtful with only two weeks to put a deal together and test a new bike.