Another Supercross milestone for Stewart

The Haines City 19-year-old is the first black rider to win a 250cc race.

By wire services
Published April 4, 2005

IRVING, Texas - James "Bubba" Stewart became the first black rider to win a 250cc THQ World Supercross GP/THQ AMA Supercross Series race, beating series star Ricky Carmichael in front of 43,276 at Texas Stadium on Saturday night.

Stewart, 19, of Haines City led all 20 laps on his Kawasaki.

"I'm so happy," Stewart said. "I just want to tell my parents thanks for everything.

"I have one under my belt and now I know how it feels."

Stewart moved to the 250cc field this year after dominating the 125cc series, where he was the all-time winningest rider (28). He missed nine races this season after fracturing the radius bone in his left forearm during practice for the Jan.15 race in Phoenix. After surgery and rehab, Stewart returned to action March19 in Orlando, finishing third.

"It took me three races to win my first 250cc race," Stewart said. "I didn't have a front brake for most of the race, so it was tough, but I made it work."

As an amateur, Stewart claimed 11 national championships, topping the mark of nine held by Carmichael.

Also, Kawasaki's Grant Langston won his third 125cc Eastern Region race of the season. Brooksville's Troy Adams finished sixth.