Josh Grant celebrates his first podium of 2012.
Andrew Fredrickson photo
Izzi also said he thinks a podium is within reach, and Grant proved that fourth-place finishes in the motos can get you there.
Although Andrew Short thought he had a podium headed his way, too. After a second in moto one, his best ride of the outdoor season, Shorty crashed with Kyle Chisholm in moto two, and his bike was simply too bent to continue. Grant, solid all day, didn't take any chances. With rain coming down in moto two, he got some water in his goggles and couldn't see, so he let Jake Weimer go with the third-place spot and calmly kept his Jeff Ward Racing Kawasaki humming en route to fourth again. In the end, the 4-4 scores were good enough for a podium, while Izzi and Short had crashes mar what could have been a great day.
It's the kind of thing Grant has seen happen to him before—and more than likely has used those moments to learn how to prevent it from happening to him again.