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Josh Grant to Honda Red Bull Racing ?


Edited copy and photos courtesy of Josh Grant and JGRMX. Photographer: Cam Blair

Josh Grant has been on the pro circuit for almost four full years, and since day one has proven himself as a consistent podium threat and a rider who definite front runner.

Grant’s rookie year came in 2004, and he rode his Amsoil Honda to 10th overall in the Motocross Lites series. Along the way, the then eighteen-year-old racer earned three podium finishes. The following year was another consistent one, as he finished a solid 8th overall in the East Coast Lites Supercross series. His best finish of the series came at the physically gruelling Daytona Supercross, where he battled to the very last corner to earn 2nd. Grant would close out the year with a 7th overall in the Motocross Lites division, once again competing with the Amsoil Honda satellite team. 

The 2006 season established Grant as a definite title threat. He would again choose the East Coast Lites series as his battleground, and would finish a respectable 3rd overall.

However, he did so with three wins: one in Atlanta, another in Orlando and the third one in Detroit.  Grant would also finish 3rd in the Outdoor National series, with four podiums in the Lites class. In the same year, he would take his Sobe/Samsung Honda CRF250R to the top of the podium at the US Open of Supercross in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 2007 season marked Grant’s third year as a pro and he continued to show that he knew what it took to stay up front. A 3rd overall in the Motocross Lites series, which contained an overall win in Mount Morris, Pennsylvania, followed three podium finishes in his Supercross season.

Many expected a Supercross Lites title from Grant in 2008 and although he was definitely a pre-season favorite, he got off to a slow start. However, once the season got going, Grant would return to his old self, as he challenged front-runners Ryan Villopoto and teammate and eventual champion Trey Canard.  Grant would go on to finish the season in 5th.

In 2009, with JGRMX (Yamaha) he crashed in his heat race at the 15th X Games, breaking both his feet. Starting fresh this year he was looking for redemption in the Los Angeles Coliseum.  Both Grant and his teammate Justin Brayton qualified easily for the main event.  When the gate fell for the final, it was two-time Super X Gold Medalist Josh Hansen in the lead with Grant and Brayton pushing hard to be in the top spot. Grant closed in and made his move for the lead on lap 11 and led for the remainder of the race.  When the chequered flag flew it was the Muscle Milk/Toyota/JGRMX rider winning his first ever Gold Medal.

14 January this year and Grant crashed whilst practicing the week prior to the opening round of the AMA Supercross Championship. Under the guidance of his doctors it was necessary to repair a labrum tear in his right shoulder. Grant attended the opening round and tried his best to ride, but after qualifying for the main event he could not continue due to the pain and the inability to hold on well enough to ride safely.

He is dedicated now more than ever to come back at full performance with his schedule of training and rehabilation on his shoulder.

On 27 September his Fiance presented him with a new addition to their family – a baby boy Wyatt Jaxson Grant.

He is said to have a two-year deal to race the factory CRF450R.

Josh Grant 'scrubbing' the JGRMX Yamaha.  Photos courtesy of Josh Grant and JGRMX. Photographer: Cam Blair