Irvine, Calif. (November 16, 2005) – Kawasaki Racing Team announced
today that four-time AMA Supercross/Motocross Lites Champion James
Stewart and his teammate, three-time Australian Motocross Champion
Michael Byrne will race in the two international rounds of the Amp’d
Mobile AMA World Supercross GP series. The events are scheduled for
Dec. 3 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, and Dec. 10 at the BC Palace
Stadium in Vancouver. The series concludes at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las
Vegas, May 6.
Stewart, of Haines City, Fla., had his debut season in the Supercross
class cut short due to a fractured left forearm, but the 19-year-old
persevered and captured victories in Dallas, Seattle and Houston,
securing his place in the sport’s premier category. This season Stewart
returns to Supercross with his eye on his first Amp’d Mobile AMA World
Supercross GP championship.
“I’m pumped to go to Canada and compete at the World Supercross GP,”
said Stewart. “My KX™450F is awesome. I have been testing with the team
and I’ve been riding and training very hard. I'm looking forward to
meeting the Canadian fans and showing them an exciting race.”
Byrne was sidelined last season after a shoulder injury sustained in
Atlanta prevented him from competing in the remaining seven races of
the Supercross series. The 26-year-old Australian, who now resides in
Murrieta, Calif., used the down time to rehabilitate and test the
all-new KX450F. His efforts paid off with a stellar second place
overall finish at the U.S. Open in Las Vegas last month.
“This is a huge opportunity for me and for Kawasaki,” said Byrne. “I’m
excited to compete for my first World Supercross GP title against a
field of very talented riders and I’m thrilled to be riding the KX450F.
This is a great way to showcase our bikes on an international level.”
“We are very pleased to compete at the international rounds of the
Amp’d Mobile AMA World Supercross GP,” said Mike Fisher, Kawasaki’s
Motocross Team Manager. “This event is the perfect platform to showcase
our racing team and the new KX450F. We’re up for the challenge.”
The two international races coupled with 15 of the domestic races
(excluding the Daytona Supercross) comprise the 17-round Amp’d Mobile
AMA World Supercross GP championship. Kawasaki Racing Team will make
its domestic debut at the first Anaheim Supercross on January 7 at
Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif.
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