Ph: Cudby. Story originally published by Racer X
“I feel great,” said Josh Grant after the Thunder Valley National. “Obviously I had some time off after finishing the GP last year. I didn’t ride for a good three to four months, until Daytona. That couple weeks before I got to ride a little bit and it kind of really gave me a chance to heal my body a little bit and my mind. I just wanted to give it another go. So now I feel fresh. I love riding. I want to be back out here. It just brings a whole new intense feeling that makes me go out to the track and just want to crush it.”
As a fill-in for Monster Energy Kawasaki, Josh Grant is enjoying a renaissance. While known for flashes of brilliance but also runs of inconsistency, this season he’s been solid, the perfect makeup for a fill-in rider on a team. He went 8-8-6-6 in the first four motos of the year. At Colorado, he was a touch better, even flirting with a podium briefly. He ended up going 4-7 for sixth overall, and he also sits sixth in the standings, with 88 points. In 2014, he started the season with one of his usual flashes, holeshotting and winning the first moto of the season at Glen Helen. But by the third round that year, he had just 79 points, and sat eighth.
We’ve seen it happen so many times. A rider gets to precipice where his career could be over. When he gets another chance, he makes the most of it. Josh is the latest to tell this story, because before this season, he really was thinking his career could be over.
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