James 'Bubba' Stewart has been revealed as the third nominee for the 2003 AMA Pro Racing Speed Channel Athlete of the Year award.

The 17-year old factory Kawasaki rider won the AMA 125 West Supercross title and then came back from injury to win an amazing seven consecutive 125 races, after missing the first four rounds of the AMA Chevy Trucks 125 US Motocross Championship. His charge led him all the way back to third place in the final standings despite giving his competitors an eight-moto head start. Even though he missed out on the title, Stewart's 14 straight moto wins in the 125 class was one of the most impressive feats in the history of the series.

For Stewart, today's news marks a second nomination for the Athlete of the Year Award. He was nominated in 2002, his rookie season, after winning the AMA Chevy Trucks US 125 Motocross Championship. He also earned the AMA Motocross/Supercross Rookie of the Year honours in 2002.

"Being nominated for this award for the second straight season is an honour and puts me in some good company with all of the other nominees," said Stewart when informed that his name had been put forward, "The Athlete of the Year award is the last piece to the puzzle and can cap off a really good season. I hope to add one of those to my trophy collections someday."

After only two seasons of professional racing, Stewart has already rocketed to fourth on the all-time AMA 125 Motocross wins list with 17 career wins. It's possible that he could eclipse Ricky Carmichael's record of 26 AMA 125 class wins by next season, as Stewart has stated that, along with aspirations of winning a second AMA 125 Motocross Championship, earning the all-time 125 wins title is another of his goals.

The presentation of the AMA Pro Racing Speed Channel Athlete of the Year Award will take place at the AMA Pro Racing Awards Banquet on the evening of Saturday 22 November, at the Rio Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

 

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