At the fifth round of the 2012 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at Budds Creek in Mechanicsville, Md., DNA Energy Drink / Jeff Ward Racing rider Josh Grant scored a 10-5 to finish seventh overall in the 450 class leading the chargefor his team during the Budds Creek National on Saturday. His teammate KyleChisholm finished 11th overall after scoring a 12-12.
Leading up to the two 450 class Motos, Grant finished his Group A first qualifyingpractice eighth fastest with a lap time of 2:05.473. Chisholm, who was also in Group A finished his first qualifying practice 11th fastest with a lap time of2:06.102. In the final Group A qualifying session, Grant laid down an impressive lap to finish third quickest with a lap time of 2:01.364 to put him third fastest overall. Chisholm ended the final session 10th quickest with a lap time of2:02.382 putting him 10th fastest overall.
Both Grant and Chisholm got out to a top-15 start after the drop of the gates inthe first 450 Moto with Grant settling into the 11th spot and Chisholm settling intothe 14th spot by the time they came around to complete lap 1. On lap nine Grant made his way into the top-10 where he would remain for the remainder of theMoto finishing 10th. Chisholm took over the 12th spot by lap eight and wouldremain there until the finish. In the second 450 Moto, Grant got out to a top-10start after the drop of the gates settling into the ninth spot at the completion of lapone. He would go on to pick off positions early in the Moto and by lap 4 hadtaken over the fifth spot. On lap 10 Grant made a pass for fourth and would remain there until the last lap when Jake Weimer was able to beat him at the line.His teammate Chisholm rode a resilient race after having to rebound from a bad start that left him 25th at the close of lap one to finish 12th giving him his secondtop-15 finish of the day.
Grant’s seventh place overall finish moves him up one spot to eighth in the championship standings with 111 points. Chisholm’s 11th overall moves him to13th in the standings with 84 points. The DNA Energy Drink / Jeff Ward Racing team has the next two weekends off with the schedule resuming at Red Bud in Buchanan, MI. on July 7 for Round 6.
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