American Honda was aiming to have both Trey Canard and Josh Grant lead the Honda Racing team for 2011 to contest both the AMA Supercross Championship and AMA Motocross Championship aboard Honda CRF450R race motorcycles.
After racking up multiple Supercross and Motocross Lites wins aboard his Honda CRF250R, including winning the U.S. Open of Supercross, Josh Grant transitioned well to the big-bike class, winning the 2009 Anaheim Supercross opener.
He went on to earn two more podiums and finish fourth in the series points, as well as take two podiums and an overall win in 450 Motocross competition that year. Hindered by injuries during 2010, Grant bounced back to score a Motocross race win and secure his first-ever X Games Supercross gold medal.
"It feels really good to be back on a Honda, the brand that I started my amateur and professional careers with," said Grant. "I’m ready to get started working with the Honda Racing Team as we prepare for the 2011 Supercross series."
Unfortunately, Grant crashed and has been injured again here early in the 2011 Supercross season, leaving Trey Canard to carry the red riders along with the support teams.
Since turning professional in 2007, Canard has enjoyed much success aboard his GEICO Powersports Honda CRF250R, winning the 2008 AMA Supercross Lites East Championship and 2010 AMA 250 Motocross Championship.
Canard added Motocross of Nations Team Champion to his list of stellar career achievements, and he helped Team USA take the victory at the 2010 FIM Motocross of Nations in Lakewood, Colorado.
"As an amateur racer riding for the Factory Connection amateur team, it was my dream to one day make it onto the Honda factory team, and to be given this opportunity now is a real honor," said Canard.
"I’ve been a part of Honda’s racing program for a long time in both my amateur and professional careers. I’m pumped to be able to continue that relationship into the big-bike class."
For 37 years Honda has amassed an unparalleled record in AMA Supercross and Motocross, winning more championships than any other manufacturer. Canard added to that tally in 2010 by winning the 250cc AMA Pro Motocross Championship.