Bell Powersports has signed 2008 AMA Motocross National Champion James Stewart to compete and train in the Bell Moto-8 starting in 2009.
Stewart is widely regarded as the biggest star in motocross and has won seven major titles since turning professional in 2002. He also holds numerous national titles and championships from his amateur days.
The 22-year-old Stewart joins a storied roster of champions and legends who've competed in Bell over the years.
"Getting James on board is huge for Bell," said Bell VP Tom Larter. "Working with athletes who are at the pinnacle of their sports to help develop product is what made Bell great and is part of our DNA. We see James as a big part of what's next for Bell motocross."
Stewart joins an already-strong roster of Bell Riders that includes the likes of Nick Wey, Michael Byrne, Nico Izzi, Jason Lawrence, Grant Langston and Adam Cianciarulo, as well as the Yamaha of Troy and KTM MDK factory teams.
"At this point in my career safety comes first, so I chose to go with one of the sport's best," said Stewart. "The other riders have also been telling me how comfortable and ventilated the Moto-8 is, so I'm really stoked to be starting with Bell next year. I'm also really proud to have my name added to the list of great Bell Riders that goes back to the origins of the sport."
As Stewart alluded to, one of the reasons so many top riders are drawn to the Moto-8 is its comfort factor. At the heart of the Moto-8 is Bell's exclusive Velocity Flow Ventilation system that uses a sophisticated set of vents, ducts, exhaust ports and flow management features to create a natural turbulence engine which literally pulls air through the helmet. This coupled with its lightweight TriMatrix Composite shell, easy-to-adjust Flying Bridge Visor and quick drying comfort liner, provides a hassle- and fatigue-free experience while keeping the rider cool and dry.
The Moto-8 was designed, engineered, tested and prototyped from the ground up at Bell's Santa Cruz, Calif. facility over a period of three years. Bell engineers have continued to tweak the design since its introduction, bringing an already excellent design even closer to perfection.