“Here’s what you need to know about Josh Grant: He has shown great speed in the 450 class, and he’s a proven entity,” said Erik Kehoe, Motocross Team Manager. Indeed, the new season brings back a familiar face to the Honda ranks as Josh Grant returns to the fold of Honda Red Riders. He’ll be riding the factory-prepped CRF450R in both the Supercross and Motocross series in 2011.
“He’s definitely a strong addition to the team,” Kehoe added. “Josh has demonstrated huge abilities in the 450 class since graduating from the 250 class in 2008, where he rode with the GEICO Powersports Honda team for several years. We know he has more than enough speed to be a winner no matter who lines up at the starting gate, as he has recorded wins in both 250 and 450 Supercross and Motocross classes. The challenge will be for Josh to be consistent, stay healthy and put a whole season in; if he does that, he’ll be in position to take a title. We know he can do it; he has a deep background racing Hondas, and we look forward to seeing what he can do all year long aboard a Honda Racing–prepared CRF450R.”
After racking up multiple Supercross and Motocross Lites wins aboard his Honda CRF250R, including winning the U.S. Open of Supercross, Grant transitioned well to the big-bike class in 2009, winning the Anaheim Supercross opener that year. 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 during the outdoor season. Hindered by injuries during 2010, Grant bounced back to score an AMA Motocross series race win and secure his first-ever X Games Supercross gold medal. All of which stands as proof positive that Grant has what it takes to stand on the top step of the podium when the dust finally settles.
“It feels really good to be back on a Honda, the brand that I started riding during my amateur and professional careers,” said Grant. “I was riding Hondas back when I was a 14-year-old amateur racer, and I’ve always loved riding Hondas. I feel really comfortable on them. Climbing back aboard a Honda now is like getting together with an old friend; it’s a good, natural fit. The power is really there with the CRF450R, but what I really like is the way it handles, the way it corners—this bike gives you a lot of confidence.
“We’ve all been working hard together, and the level of support I get with the Honda Racing team is simply incredible. We’ve got the bike working really well, so I just need to stay healthy and let each race come to me. I know I can compete with the best, and I plan on winning races and climbing the podium all year long.
“Since I began riding Hondas during my amateur days and during my first days in the 250 class as a pro rider, they’ve always seemed like the perfect fit for me. So coming back to Honda and the CRF450R is like coming back home. I’ve always dreamed about being a factory Honda rider, and now I’ve made it. My heart has always been set on being here, so I can’t really put into words what this feeling is like and how much it means to me. I just want to get on the track, get down to business and earn some wins.”
Indeed, all the right pieces now seem to be in place,
and 2011 looks to be the year that Josh Grant comes home once again, with his sights set dead square on a championship.