Supercross: Grant Out, Cole Seely In

AMA Supercross

After crashing at Round 2 of the AMA Supercross series in Phoenix, Josh Grant sustained injury to his right knee that required surgery. Due to seriousness of the injury, Grant has been sidelined for the remainder of the AMA Supercross season, American Honda reported Tuesday.

American Honda also announced that current Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda Supercross Lites West rider Cole Seely will fill in for the injured Grant at select Supercross races.

After six successful rounds of Supercross Lites West racing action, including recording his first-ever Supercross Lites win at the Los Angeles Supercross event, the 20-year old Seely from Newbury Park, Calif., will switch to the 450 class at select races while the Lites West series takes a break until the Seattle, Wash., round on April 16.

Seely’s first race in the Supercross class will be at Indy, where he will race the CRF450R and join Trey Canard on the factory Honda team.

Erik Kehoe (American Honda Racing Team Manager) says: "Cole’s a good fit for the American Honda Racing team, and this is a great opportunity for him to gain valuable experience racing in the Supercross class.

"When opportunities like this arise, we reach out to affiliated Honda teams. Trey Canard showcased his talents aboard the factory prepared Honda CRF450R last year when he filled in for six Supercross rounds, and obviously that was a significant career opportunity for Trey.

"I would like to thank everyone at the Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda team and all their sponsors for allowing Seely to embrace this opportunity."

As for Grant, the Riverside, Calif., had surgery on his knee last month, and doctor’s repaired the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL). This was the second surgery for the Honda Supercross, current teammate of Trey Canard. During his first operation immediately following the January Phoenix race, Grant had arthroscopic surgery on his knee.

This isn’t the first year of supercross / motocross in which Grant wasn’t able to race. Grant sat out the 2010 AMA Supercross season as well as the last three rounds of the 2010 AMA Motocross championship.

Prior to the start of the opening race of the 2010 Monster Energy Supercross season, Grant was plagued with shoulder problems. Though he did make an attempt to race in the main event during the opening race of the 2010 championship at Angel Stadium, the pain he sustained was enough to remove him from the race as well as the remainder of the season.

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

However, with three motocross 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.

Then he returned for 2011 Supercross, only to be injured again at Round 2 at Phoenix. During the opening round in Anaheim, Grant finished ninth, garnering 12 points.

With the full support of the American Honda Racing team, Grant is expected anticipated to return to racing this summer for Motocross.