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Monster Energy Kawasaki has announced that Josh Grant will not be on the starting line for the opening rounds of the 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship due to the leg injury he sustained at the 2018 Arlington Supercross. Although Grant recently resumed riding at tracks around Southern California in preparation for the start of the outdoor series, a check-up with doctors this week determined that extra time will be required for the injury to heal before Grant can get back on the starting line. There is no set timetable for Grant’s return.

In an interview Grant did with swap last week, he said that while he had only a few days of riding to his credit, he felt no concerns of being ill-prepared for the summer ahead.

The press release, including a quote from Grant, is posted in full below.

Monster Energy® Kawasaki rider Josh Grant will not compete at the opening rounds of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship while he continues to recover from earlier injuries. Grant fractured his right leg at Round 7 of the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross season and underwent surgery. After being re-evaluated this morning, it was determined the injury requires additional time to heal. Grant will return to racing as soon as possible.

“It's unfortunate that I won't be able to line up at the opening rounds of the outdoors," said Grant. "I feel good, but I know I'm not at 100% yet. I would like to thank Monster Energy Kawasaki, Fly and Shoei for their endless support and I am looking forward to getting back out there and battling.” – Josh Grant