Suzuki Motor of America revealed the 2014 editions of its RM-Z450 and RM-Z250 motocross bikes with a few minor updates. How minor? The biggest change in fact is the company’s new name, replacing the Chapter 11′d American Suzuki. In all fairness, Suzuki gave both models some substantial updates last year, including lighter pistons, new five-speed […]
James Stewart Re-signs with Bell Helmets
Five-time AMA Supercross Champion and three-time AMA Motocross Champion James Stewart has re-signed with Bell Helmets for the 2014 and 2015 Supercross and Motocross seasons. His lid of choice will continue to be the Bell Moto–9 Carbon. This selection, however, shouldn’t be a surprise since Stewart actively participated in the development of the Moto 9 during 2009, his first year with Bell.
Perhaps the most accomplished rider still actively racing, Stewart is only the second rider in motocross history to complete a perfect, 24 wins in 24 races, motocross season (with Ricky Carmichael being the first). Stewart has also tallied more wins in Motocross and Supercross than all but one rider in history.
With credentials like these, Stewart could have gotten sponsorship any helmet manufacturer he wanted, but he chose to stick with the brand he’s used in recent years. “Wearing a Bell has certainly provided a big confidence boost over the past four years. ” said Stewart. “No other helmet company designs for protection against the full range of crash or impact scenarios that we face in motocross like Bell does. Bottom line is that Bell’s proven they will protect me best in all situations.”
The respect goes both ways in Stewart’s relationship with Bell. Pat Houlihan, Sports Marketing Manager – Bell Powersports said, “There isn’t a helmet brand out there that wouldn’t want James running their helmet, and therefore, he truly has the pick of the litter. It says a lot about Bell, the Moto 9 and our 60-year commitment to protection and performance innovations, that James chose to extend his relationship with us for two more years.”
[Source: Bell Helmets]