Josh Grant Wins First AMA Supercross

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Oakley rookie Josh Grant, of Riverside, Calif., won the first AMA Supercross class race of his career before 42,309 fans at the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, season opener at Angel Stadium.

Oakley’s James Stewart picked up the holeshot as Grant and Chad Reed followed in third. On lap 2 Reed passed Stewart, the 2007 AMA Supercross class champion. Stewart answered back on lap six as he regained the lead, but just a few turns later Reed and Stewart collided, causing each of them to crash. Upon reentering the race, Stewart was hit by GEICO Powersports Honda’s Kevin Windham and was unable to restart his bike.
Grant, who wore Oakley Crowbars, took over the lead and rode to a flawless win.
“I don’t know what to say right now,” said Grant. “To get my first win out of the way is huge, and I am so pumped. I saw those guys (Stewart and Reed) on the ground and just raced hard to the win.”

Grant was picked up by the Yamaha Joe Gibbs Racing Team this year. Oakley has always had a great relationship with Gibbs racing through our NASCAR program so when they formed a Professional MX team it was only natural to outfit them with the best product in the business.

“Grant is a great fit for Oakley,” says Oakley Sports Marketing Manager Anthony Paggio. “He won his first race as a full time rider in the premier class. He’s very determined and has a strong work ethic that has led him to one of the sports’ top satellite teams—Joe Gibbs Racing.”

Author

Tess Weaver

Date

January 07, 2009