McGrath, the well known King of Supercross, as well as the sport’s all time winningest rider, has recently been competing in select rounds of the Australian Super X series. The timing of his solid second place finish this past weekend behind last year’s Monster AMA Supercross champion Chad Reed should give the Italian crowd something to look forward to. McGrath has competed in Genoa in the past and is really looking forward to going back.
Josh Grant is coming off the best season of his career after making the transition to the 450 class full time in 2009 with the mighty Joe Gibbs Racing Yamaha (JGR) team. Grant rewarded the team with their (and his) first ever premier class wins in Supercross and Motocross by winning the Anaheim opener as well as the Red Bud national earlier this summer. Grant is also a veteran of Genoa, having won the event the last time he was there in 2006.
Justin Brayton recently signed up to be Grant’s teammate at JGR and his first race for the team was a very impressive win in Paris, France at the world renowned Bercy Supercross. Brayton placed a solid second in the event last year, before going on to take the “King of Bercy” crown this year in his debut ride for his new team. Brayton also opened a lot of eyes at this year’s X-Games by jumping to the 450 bike for KTM and taking home an impressive silver medal in the coveted Moto X competition.
While we’re disappointed with James having to pull out, we think that with the new additions to the show, it will be a great race for this 25th annual Supercross in Genoa as these super stars of Supercross join some of Europe’s top Supercross riders to compete for the win. The promoters would like to wish James Stewart a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him back in action at the opening round of the Monster AMA Supercross series in Anaheim 1 on January 9th, as well as hopefully having him back in Italy next year.