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Team San Manuel’s James Stewart Not Selected For Motocross Des Nations Team. But Hopeful For Team USA In MXDN Competition


New Berlin, NY -Sidelined from racing for nearly seven months due to a season ending injury in early 2010, Team San Manuel/Yamaha’s James Stewart spent the past few weeks enduring an aggressive training and testing regimen to prepare to re-enter the world of off-road motorcycle racing this weekend with today’s race in the Motocross Outdoor National Series at Unadilla.  Though many had hoped to see him return to the Motocross series earlier in the season, Stewart did not get medical clearance to return to riding until just recently, limiting just how many races he’d be able to compete in.  Hoping that a successful return to the track would earn him the opportunity to ride for Team USA in late September at Motocross des Nations (Lakewood, CO), Stewart was disappointed but understanding when they decided to finalize and announce Team selection earlier today.  “The past seven months have been very frustrating not being able to race.  I looked forward to returning to the Motocross National Series and was hopeful that I could earn my place on Team USA for Motocross des Nations.  I’m really disappointed as I was really hoping to ride for Team USA.  But I understand that they have to make a decision and they haven’t seen me ride in a while.  And there are a lot of guys who have raced a full season that deserve a chance.   I wish Team USA the best for a successful run at the title” said Stewart.  Team Manager Larry Brooks had this to say “I’m disappointed for James.  He’s worked so hard to get back to racing the remaining Motocross National Series.  And we were led to believe that they would give him a chance to prove himself before any decisions were made. It’s not uncommon for riders to miss races during a season due to injury.  And in my opinion, a guy with his level of talent on a motorcycle deserves a chance to earn a spot on the Team.”  Though Stewart’s Team did not compete in the 2009 Motocross National Series, few can forget how he finished the 2008 Season, earning the Championship title with a 24-0 perfect win season, being only the second rider in Motocross history to accomplish this. 

About Team San Manuel

Team San Manuel is a unique partnership between the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and L&M Racing, LLC, with the sole purpose of reaching out to Native and non-Native communities and sharing with them the value of perseverance and dedication.  Building a winning team comprised of top-notch talent and community service, Team San Manuel honors the Serrano belief of caring for our community. (www.sanmanuelracing.com)

About the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

The San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians is a federally recognized American Indian tribe located near the city of Highland, California.  The Serrano Indians are the indigenous people of the San Bernardino highlands, passes, valleys and mountains who share a common language and culture.  The San Manuel reservation was established in 1891 and recognized as a sovereign nation with the right of self-government.  Despite challenges and hardships, the San Manuel tribal community has continued to progressively maintain and enhance its unique form of government – focusing all efforts on providing a better quality of life for its citizens.  Through economic diversification, both on and off the reservation, the tribe has been forward thinking in its efforts to build infrastructure, maintain civil services and promote social, economic, educational and governmental units including the departments of fire, public safety, education and environment and continues to pursue opportunities for future generations.

About L & M Racing

L&M Racing was formed in 2006 by Owner/Team Manager Larry Brooks and partner Mike Kranyak.  Operating as Team San Manuel Yamaha, the team has garnered 2 Supercross Championship titles in just three professional race seasons. For the 2010 race season, 2009 Supercross Champion James Stewart anchors Team San Manuel as he vehemently defends his title and is joined by 2008 Supercross Rookie of the Year Josh Hill.  In 2009, Team San Manuel’s James Stewart won his second Supercross Championship, his first coming in 2007, and second for L&M Racing’s independent effort.  Rookie Kyle Chisholm rounded out Team San Manuel’s 2009 team.  In 2008 team, Team San Manuel Yamaha, consisted of 2004 Supercross Champion Chad Reed and former West Coast Lites Champion Nathan Ramsey -- the newly-formed endeavor garnered its first championship title that season.  Led by Larry Brooks, the driving force behind the Jeremy McGrath / Chaparral Racing team's three-year championship reign in Supercross, Brooks' then race effort yielded the first and only indie team to ever win an AMA Supercross Series Championship.  L&M Racing is headquartered within an 8,000 square foot, state-of-the-art race facility in Southern California and is one of the most successful independently owned and operated teams in professional Supercross racing today.




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