The Monster Energy / Factory Yamaha team was all smiles after their opening round Anaheim 1 win with Justin Barcia, but since then it has been a nightmare of a season for the boys in blue. First, they lost Justin to a couple of injuries, then their star 450 rookie, Aaron Plessinger, and now their fill-in rider Josh Grant suffered a broken leg and injured ribs in a practice crash on Wednesday.
There was no confirmation yet, but we had heard that Grant might possibly go outdoors with the team, but that now looks completely out of the question. We’re not sure on the exact condition or timeline on return for AP or Barcia, but for now it looks like Yamaha will be needing a rider for the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.
We wish all the team Yamaha riders a quick and full recovery and we hope to see them back under the Yamaha tent soon.
Check out the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing Team’s press release below.
Josh Grant to Miss Monster Energy AMA Supercross Season Finale in Las Vegas
Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing Team’s Josh Grant will sit out this weekend’s Monster Energy AMA Supercross season finale after injuring his leg and ribs in a training crash Wednesday at the test track in Southern California.
The veteran Supercross racer was brought on board to fill in for Aaron Plessinger who was injured around the halfway mark of the season in Daytona. With Grant’s injury coming just prior to the final round, there will be no Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing riders participating in the season finale at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. However, the team will be there to hand out posters and answer questions for fans.
Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing Team Manager
“This was not the phone call you want to get, however, it is the sad part of the game. What a bummer for Josh Grant and the whole team. Josh has been making improvements each week with two strong top-10 finishes in the previous events. He has been working hard to finish the Supercross series on a high note and it’s a shame that he will be sidelined for the finale.”