Josh Grant: Crash & Injury Update

Injury Update

American Honda Racing has provided an updated on Josh Grant after his motorcycle crash and injury while racing in round two of the 2011 AMA Supercross Championship in Phoenix this past weekend.

Josh Grant, the Riverside, Calif. mx rider, will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee tomorrow as a result of the injuries sustained.

Grant sat out the ’10 AMA Supercross season as well as the last three rounds of the 2010 AMA Motocross championship.

Fully recovered from his earlier Supercross injury, Grant returned in the ’10 outdoor series and showed no signs of fatigue during the 2010 AMA Pro Motocross racing season.

However, with three mx races left, Grant crashed during a practice session, severely injuring his left shoulder. This injury sent him back to the sidelines for the remainder of the summer outdoor series.

His motorcycle crash this last weekend at the 2011 Phoenix Supercross may not be as serious. With the full support of American Honda and his Factory Honda Racing teammates, Josh is expected make a full recovery and preliminary estimates indicate a return to racing in a few weeks.

Josh Grant (Honda CRF 450 R) says: "Obviously I’m bummed about getting hurt early in the season but I’m also pretty excited because early test results indicate that the injury appears to only be minor at this stage," says the Supercross rider. "I’ve received tons of support from everyone at Honda and I should to back racing in no time."

For 2011, Grant has joined Trey Canard at American Honda under the direction of Team Manager Erik Kehoe. The Phoenix Supercross was Grant’s second time (Anaheim 1 being the first) competing on a Honda CRF450 R; however, it will not be the first time he has raced for a Honda team.

Throughout Grant’s four-year run in the AMA Supercross Lites class, he battled on a Honda, registering a total of three wins and eight podium finishes.

Back in December of 2010, Josh Grant said: "Being back on a Honda is going to help out tremendously. Since my amateur years, I have always ridden a Honda, so I’m excited to be back on one!"

2011 is Josh Grant’s third season in the premier AMA Supercross class and his seventh year as a pro rider. Since his AMA Supercross debut in 2005, Grant has three top-five overall finishes, and a career total of five wins and nine additional podium finishes.

During Grant’s rookie year in the premier AMA Supercross class, an opening race win opened the door to one of his strongest supercross class seasons, finishing fourth overall.

Currently Josh Grant has collected 12 points in the 2011 SX championship from his ninth place finish at Anaheim 1 and zero for his efforts at Chase Field in Phoenix. The staff here at Ultimate MotorCycling wish Josh a speedy recovery.

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One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007 and is currently Editor at Large at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of 365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).