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Stewart becomes youngest AMA 125 champ

Published: 26 August 2002

James Stewart became the youngest ever rider to win an AMA Motocross title at the Broome-Tioga, New York, on Sunday.

Stewart, who is 16 years and 9 months, won both races to take the overall win. He also matches the record for overall wins in the class, and becomes the first African-American to win an AMA championship.

Stewart narrowly lost on the Supercross championship earlier this year, but gained new consistency in the Motocross season. On Sunday he claimed his ninth win of the season, ahead of Suzuki’s Branden Jesseman, and Honda’s Ernesto Fonseca.

In the 250cc championship, it was another clean sweep for Ricky Carmichael, who won his 11 consecutive overall win of the season. He finished ahead of Mike LaRocco and Sean Hamblin. Carmichael only needs to win the final two races of the season at Steel City in Pennsylvania to finish with 24 wins from 24 races.

125cc results:

1. James Stewart Jr. (Kaw); 2. Branden Jesseman (Suz); 3. Ernesto Fonseca (Hon); 4. Chad Reed (Yam); 5. Brock Sellards (KTM); 6. Michael Byrne (Hon); 7. Danny Smith (Suz); 8. Andrew Short (Suz); 9. Travis Preston (Hon); 10. Christopher Gosselaar (Hon).

250cc results:

1. Ricky Carmichael (Hon); 2. Mike LaRocco (Hon); 3. Sean Hamblin (Suz); 4. Ezra Lusk (Kaw); 5. John Dowd (KTM); 6. Jean-Sebastien Roy (Hon); 7. Kyle Lewis (Hon); 8. Nathan Ramsey (Hon); 9. Jason Thomas (Hon); 10. James Povolny (Hon).

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