After receiving news of James Stewart’s illness, the promoters of the Genoa Supercross were able to immediately secure the services of seven time AMA Supercross champion Jeremy McGrath. The crowd in Genoa was really looking forward to seeing the “King” in action one more time in Genoa, especially on the heels of a solid second place finish behind Chad Reed in last weekend’s Australian Super X series.
Unfortunately for all parties involved, travel gremlins had other ideas for Jeremy – who was on a quick turn around having just returned home from Australia anyhow. Jeremy missed his connecting flight in Chicago today, and due to the heavy volume of holiday weekend travel was unable to secure another flight, leaving him physically unable to make it Genoa in time for tomorrow’s race.
“I was devastated” said McGrath. “Everyone who knows me knows that I truly enjoy racing in Genoa and I’ve a blast there in the past, I’ve even won there before. But unfortunately this one was out of my hands and by the time everything was all said and done with the airlines, it was just physically impossible for me to get to Europe in time to make the race, so I had to turn around and go home. I know my fans in Italy must be bummed, and I know the promoter is too and I would like to extend my sincerest apologies to everyone involved. Who knows, maybe you’ll see me there again next year.”
The race will go on, as they say, and we are able to confirm that Muscle Milk Joe Gibbs Racing Yamaha team-mates Josh Grant and Justin Brayton ARE here on the ground in Genoa and looking forward to a great race after checking out the very unique track design for this the 25th annual Genoa Supercross. Look for full Race results on Monday.