ting their first win too. It sparked a lot of good things for the future.
OTHER THAN YOUR BIG WIN AT A1, WHAT WAS YOUR TIME
WITH JGR LIKE? I raced for them in 2009 and did really well, especially
in Supercross. We missed a couple of races because I broke my arm at
Jacksonville, but we got on the podium the very next weekend in Phoenix.
Later, I battled with Chad Reed all year in the outdoor nationals for the
championship. I ran second in points for much of the series until I went
over the handlebars and ended up breaking both my feet.
YOU ALSO RODE FOR JGR IN 2010. WHAT ABOUT THAT
YEAR? 2010 was when Yamaha came out with its redesigned bike. I
struggled with it. I did not like it at all. I asked the JGR guys if I could
race the old bike, but Yamaha was trying to sell new bikes, not old ones,
so it just did not work out. I did have some good races, but I also got hurt
quite a bit that year due to being a guinea pig on this new motorcycle.
HOW DID YOU BREAK BOTH YOUR FEET? Actually, it was my
ankles. As part of my No Fear gear deal, I had to wear their gear and
boots. The boots were junk. I had originally hurt my feet at the 2009
X Games, and that was the start of my ankle injuries, but it kept escalating to where I am now.
“RIDING FOR THE
AFTER YOUR TWO YEARS AT JGR YAMAHA, YOU ENDED UP
ON THE FACTORY HONDA TEAM. For 2011, I sat down with Factory
Honda and worked out a contract. Riding for the Honda factory team had
been one of the biggest goals of my life. Even though I struggled with
the YZ450F in 2010, Honda saw that I still had the potential to do well.
It was a one-year deal. I was coming back from my JGR Yamaha injuries
and was behind the eight ball, but I was really happy with the bike. Then,
all of a sudden, at the second round of the 2011 Supercross series, I ran
into one of those typical Alessi stories that seemed to follow me from the
Amateurs. Jeff Alessi cross-jumped me in the air and cleaned me out. I
tore my ACL, MCL and PCL, all in one shot. It was one of my worst times.
I wanted to be on that team so much and got hurt at the second race of
YOU CAME BACK FOR THE 2011 AMA NATIONALS, BUT
WHAT HAPPENED THERE? I came back for Colorado, and the day
before the race, MX Sports’ John Ayers said, “Let’s go check out the track
and tell me what you think.” We were cruising around in his Rhino when
John came over the top of the jump and didn’t realize that it was a drop-off. The Rhino flipped, and I jacked up my knee again. I didn’t think about
my knee at the time, because I was worried more about getting killed by
a Rhino. The morning of the race, my entire body was sore, and when I
went out for the first practice, I realized something was not right with my
I tried to race Red Bud the next weekend by taping it up and taking
all kinds of Novocain to stop the pain. I got a seventh the first moto, then
stuck my leg in a rut in moto two and tore it out again. That was my last
race of 2011. I only rode three races for Factory Honda that year.
I CAN IMAGINE THE DISAPPOINTMENT AND
DISCOURAGEMENT YOU MUST HAVE FELT FROM THAT. I had
a Factory Honda ride but was not getting paid because I wasn’t racing. It
was the lowest time I ever had. I was pretty much over racing. I did not
even care about dirt bikes. Then, I found out about the whole deal with
TALK MORE ABOUT YOUR MOM. She wiped me out financially.
When I look back on it, I have to own up to not being as involved as I
should have been with my money, but when you are a kid making that
much money, you put your trust in your parents to help you out. I trusted
my mom to take care of my finances. I have not spoken to my mom since.
WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? After the Honda ride ended, I hung my
Josh Grant at JGRMX.