At the sixth round of the 2012 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at Red Bud in Buchanan, MI, DNA Energy Drink / Jeff Ward Racing rider Josh Grant scored a 9-7 to finish eighth overall in the 450 class leading the charge for his team during the Red Bud National on Saturday. His teammate Kyle Chisholm finished 12th overall after scoring a 15-11.
Leading up to the two 450 class Motos, Grant finished his Group A first qualifying practice 13th fastest with a lap time of 2:11.277. Chisholm, who was also in Group A finished his first qualifying practice 27th fastest with a lap time of 2:13.351. In the final Group A qualifying session, Grant finished 21st quickest with a lap time of 2:11.586 to put him 20th fastest overall. Chisholm ended the final session 19th quickest with a lap time of 2:11.474 putting him 23rd fastest overall.
Grant got out to a top-15 start after the drop of the gates in the first 450 Moto and slowly began picking off spots from there. He finally made the climb into the top-10 by lap 9. Grant would hang on from there to take the checkered flag in the ninth position. His teammate Chisholm unfortunately got collected in a first turn crash after the drop of the gates and had to rebound strong from there in the 31st position. By lap 14, Chisholm overcame 16 spots to settle into the 15th position where he would remain for the checkered flag. In the second 450 Moto, Grant got out to a top-10 start after the drop of the gates settling into the eighth spot at the completion of lap one. By lap six he had taken over the sixth spot but two laps later slipped one spot to seventh where he would remain for the checkered flag. His teammate Chisholm rode to another steady top-15 finishing 11th.
Grant's eighth place overall finish keeps him eighth in the championship standings with 137 points. Chisholm's 12th overall moves him to 10th in the standings with 100 points. Next up for the DNA Energy Drink / Jeff Ward Racing team is Round 7 for the Spring Creek National in Millville, Minn on Saturday, July 14.
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