CARLSBAD, Calif., (March 18, 2008) – Spy Optic supercross racers Kevin Windham (Torco/Honda) and Josh Grant (Torco/Honda) both made the podium this past weekend, while Andrew Short (Honda) and Trey Canard
(Torco/Honda) were just a click off in 4th place overall in the Supercross and Lites classes, respectively.
With two riders on the podium, and four riders total in the top four overall of both classes, Spy Optic yet again dominated the goggles’ color count on the Monster Energy Supercross tour.
“Our guys are have been killing it,” said Spy Optic spokesman Jeremy “Showtime” McGrath. “Spy’s been delivering the best product and Kevin, Trey, Andrew and Josh and the rest of the Spy crew have stepped up and seen clear to scoring some of the best overall results Spy’s ever had. It’s been a great season so far and as far as I can see it’s only going to get better.”
Spy Optic’s Grant got things going early when he dominated the first Lites class heat race, winning by nearly nine seconds. Things had barely cooled down on Grant’s CRF250R when he uncorked the $1,000 Progressive Insurance holeshot in the Lites main and led the race through the last lap. Unfortunately, friendly rival Ryan Villopoto was hot on his heels and Grant made a slight error that would give Villopoto the room he needed to get by on the last turn.
“This is how I’m supposed to ride,” said an elated Grant from the Metrodome podium. “Unfortunately I went down – missed a shift when I was trying to get to the inside – but I’m just pumped to be up here.”
Spy Optic’s Windham, who finished 3rd overall, made up an important six points in the overall Supercross class series points chase on Chad Reed. As it stands Reed leads the 237-220.
Said Windham of his podium performance on Saturday: “I bogged a bit and let those kids (Josh Hill and Ryan Dungey) get ahead of me. Got away from me in the middle of the race there and I had to re-group and battle back. You’ve gotta secure every point that you can against that guy (Reed).”
Along with Short (4th in the Supercross class) and Canard (4th Supercross Lites), Spy Optic-backed Nick Wey put his MDK/KTM in the top 15 (15th). Also noteworthy is the fact that Canard, who was three- for-three in ESX races heading into Minneapolis, owns a 24-point lead
(93-69) over Villopoto for the overall ESX title with rounds remaining.
Next up for the Spy Optic racers on the Monster Energy Supercross tour is the Saturday, March 29th running of the Toronto Supercross at the Rogers Center, Round 12 of Monster Energy Supercross.
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