Josh Grant and Monster Energy Kawasaki Races to Second at Glen Helen MXGP2015-09-23 08:28
Josh Grant and the Monster Energy Kawasaki Team faced a new challenge this weekend as they entered the United States Grand Prix at Glen Helen Raceway, part of the Monster Energy World Motocross Championship. Grant’s familiarity with the Glen Helen circuit combined with some gutsy riding on his KX™450F saw him win the second moto and finish second overall at the event. In the MX2 class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Chris Alldredge finished second in the first moto and battled from the back of the pack in the second moto to finish sixth overall.
Growing up in the shadow of Glen Helen Raceway, Grant was excited to get a chance to race at his “home track.” In the first moto, Grant got a good start and worked his way to the lead, pacing the field for the majority of the race. Unfortunately, he twisted his foot in the middle of the race and he rode through the pain to finish third. After visiting the Asterisk Medical Unit between motos to get taped up, Grant came out in the second moto charging. He once again made his way to the lead and he never looked back taking the checkered flag for the moto win and earning second overall.
“I’m stoked to have gotten the moto win here at the final round of the MXGP,” said Grant. “We accomplished what came out to do, which feels amazing. I’m really happy to get a moto win for Monster Energy Kawasaki, finish on the podium and to end the year healthy.”
Grant got the weekend off to an amazing start on Saturday as he took the victory in the qualifying race. The different qualifying format was not a problem for Grant who started with the leaders and methodically worked his way from third to first. Once he got into the lead he managed the field to conserve energy for the two motos scheduled for Sunday. While Grant is used to the AMA style of qualifying practice, the qualifying race gave him a chance to size up the competition in a true race environment.
Alldredge put together a good ride in the first moto, getting a great launch out of the gate and running in the top 3 for most of the moto. As the heat of the day started to affect the riders, Alldredge dug deeper and moved into the runner-up spot. In the second moto, he got another great launch out of the gate, but he came together with another rider and went down. He remounted in last place and rode his way up to 13th, which placed him sixth overall.
“My day started off really well, with getting second place in Moto 1,” said Alldredge. “Overall, I’m pumped on my speed and looking forward to working towards next year.”
Tyla Rattray who rode for both Monster Energy Kawasaki and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki in the United States finished his career with the Kawasaki Racing Team in Europe. Glen Helen marked the end of the former MX2 World Champions final season and Rattray rode with style to put the exclamation mark on his career.
“I got a great jump in the first moto but unfortunately another rider went down in front of me and I had no where to go. Once I remounted my bike I was able to ride back up to 16th. Second moto was really hot and rough but I rode smart and finished 12th. I’m glad to finish off my final season in one piece and to have ended it here at Glen Helen with all my American fans and my European family members.”
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