Unless you spent your day under a rock, you have already caught word that James Stewart signed with JGR. Yes, I know I am a little late for this to be breaking news, but hey I just made this site a few minutes ago.
For some, this might be a surprise. Why would James Stewart go to JGR, a team without a championship under their belt and very few wins, when he could have been riding for a one of the most dominant teams of the decade? Well for some of the “not so nerdy” motocross fans out there, I have put together a few things you might want to consider since you probably think he just signed for the money.
Though the results do not show it, JGR is an AMAZING team. In my opinion they are the closest to a factory team without being an actual “factory team.” With only a few years under their belt, JGR is known for creating some of the most impressive in-house suspension and motors in the industry. They are known for completely transforming a bike into a custom race machine. Stewart said when he first visited the facility 3 months ago, he could not believe that that was the same YZ450F that he race on Sam Manuel Yamaha. The quick advancements in their bikes is partially thanks to JGR’s amazing facility.
Located in North Carolina, JGR decided to not follow the moto-industry trend and stick with their NASCAR roots. The private facility has an outdoor, supercross, full race shop and is rumored to be building an indoor supercross track for the winter months. This is ideal for testing and training year round and is away from the hectic California lifestyle, which Stewart said is a big plus for him.Having a full in-house test facility is a huge plus, but would take the team no where without proper leadership and knowledge.
With years of factory mechanic experience under his belt, team manager Jeremy Albrecht knows exactly what it takes to run a championship winning team. Remember the dominant duo of J-Bone and Bubba on team Kawasaki? Now Albrecht and Stewart are back together under the same tent and ready to win more championships.
Most people might think that money runs Stewart’s life and he only signed with JGR for the green paper reason. But with the onsite testing and training facility in a secluded area, and their ever advancing technology, why wouldn’t Stewart want to sign wit JGR? The question now is, can Stewart truly be competitive on a non-proven team?