2011 AMA Motocross
It’s been a long recovery for American Honda’s Josh Grant. But five months following after a second surgery on the knee he busted up in Round 2 of the AMA Supercross, the Riverside, Calif., will make a return.
American Honda reported that Grant will return this weekend for the Budds Creek National in Mechanicsville, Md., Round 4 of the 2011 AMA Motocross Championship.
Josh Grant (American Honda CRF450R Motocross) says: “I’m really looking forward to getting back out there and battling with everyone each week. More than anything, I’m excited to get back on my CRF450R-I love riding my factory Honda and have had very little chance to race it this year.
“I’m ready to put my injury behind me and record some good results for the team. I haven’t rushed my recovery period; I’ve taken all the time I needed to fully recover.
“I’m lucky to have such a great group of people around me and to have the American Honda Racing team stick beside me, lending their full support the entire time. It will be great to get back to working with the team every weekend for the rest of the season.”
This wasn’t the first year of supercross / motocross that Josh Grant missed. 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, Josh 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, severely injuring his Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL).