|JAMES STEWART JR. aka Bubba, was born December 21 1985. He is
a professional Motorcross Racer. He is the 1st African-American to
have success at the very top levels of the sport of motorcross. He is
known for his tenacity and speed. His father, James Sr., was a
Motorcross enthusiast and introduced his son to the sport at a young
age. Stewart entered his first motocross race when he was just four
years old and soon went on to enjoy much success as an amateur
racer. Winning multiple Amateur national titles all before the age of 16,
James made a name for himself as one of the most promising future
stars of the sport.
LITES MOTORCROSS/SUPERCROSS CAREER (125cc)
In fact, his pro debut for the 2002 racing season was one of the most
anticipated debuts in the history of the sport. With outright blazing
speed, he showed many flashes of brilliance as he competed in the
AMA 125cc class. While crashes and rookie mistakes kept him from
winning the 2002 125 West Supercross title, he went on to dominate
the 2002 125 National Championship and was named the 2002 AMA
rookie of the Year. With so much success so early in his career, it led
Teen People Magazine to name him one of "20 Teens Who Will
Change the World" in its April 2003 issue.
Stewart went on to easily win the 2003 125 West Supercross
Championship but suffered a severe crash at the season ending 125
East/West Shootout in Las Vegas, Nevada. With his collarbone broken
in two places as a result of the crash, he was forced to sit out the first
few rounds of the 2003 AMA Motocross series, ruining his
championship hopes for that series.
His 2004 season went as planned as he won both the 125 East
Supercross title and the 125 Outdoor national title.
PREMIER MOTORCROSS/SUPERCROSS CAREER (250cc/450cc)
For 2005 he moved up to the premier 250cc/450cc class for both the
Supercross series and the Outdoor National Motocross series. While
Stewart immediately showed that he had the speed to race with the top
riders in supercross, a practice crash that resulted in a broken wrist at
Round 2 in Phoenix meant that he would have to wait before he notched
his first career supercross win.
On April 2, 2005 at Texas Stadium (in only his 3rd race), Stewart
captured his very first career Supercross victory. James would go on to
record many more victories throughout 2005 and 2006, and he
eventually won the 2007 Supercross Championship.
In 2008, he is currently undefeated through round 9 (Washougal) of the
12 round National Motocross series.
The "Bubba Scrub" is a racing technique made popular by James
Stewart in the 2003 supercross season. Instead of allowing the
motorcycle to jump straight-foward on the faces of jumps, the racer
approaches the jump at a very very slight angle, then flicks the
handlebars in the opposite direction. The racer then flicks the
handlebars back towards the original position, which creates a negative
gravity, thus allowing the racer to land sooner accelerate sooner. His
most noteable scrub was during practice at the 2005 Dallas
Supercross, where he scrubbed so hard that he could not maneuver
himself back onto the track in time, and landed off to the side of the
Not to be confused with "pre-jumping" - where a racer projects himself
over the crest of a jump by compressing his suspension into a breaking
bump/whoop before hitting the actual face of the jump. This technique is
commonly done in outdoor Motorcross races on ski jumps.
"Scrubbing" is not common at outdoor Motocross races due to the
choppy and rutted jumps/landing. And pre-jumping is never done at
indoor Supercross races because the faces of the jumps are too steep
and are smoothed out by the track crew between motos and practice
2002 AMA 125cc MOTORCROSS NATIONAL CHAMPION
2003 AMA 125cc WEST SUPERCROSS CHAMPION
2004 AMA 125cc EAST SUPERCROSS CHAMPION
2004 AMA 125cc MOTORCROSS NATIONAL CHAMPION
2006 FIM WSXGP 250cc/450cc SUPER CROSS CHAMPION
2007 AMA 250cc/450cc SUPERCROSS CHAMPION
2008 AMA TOYOTA MOTOCROSS CHAMPION