HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. – Justin Brayton was unable to compete last Saturday in Houston, Texas, due to a spectacular crash in the first timed practice resulting in an injury to his hand and knee. Brayton had sustained a broken bone to his foot during his heat race the week prior in St. Louis but was able to race.
Just after the start of the main event in Houston two riders collided behind Josh Grant inadvertently sending an out of control rider directly into the back of Grant causing him to crash violently. Grant was badly shaken up and unable to continue. Grant was also injured the week before during his heat race in St. Louis.
Both Brayton and Grant were thoroughly evaluated this week and the conclusion of the riders and team is that the cumulative effect of these injuries on both Brayton and Grant warrants a rest and recovery period for proper healing and reduction from further harm.
Phillip Nicoletti, who is a member of the Toyota/Yamaha/JGRMX team with support from St. Lawrence Radiology and N-FAB will race in Seattle in place of Brayton.
Vince Friese, who races for The Factory Metal Works/ClubMX team in the 250SX East Region will race as substitute for Grant.
Brayton and Grant’s status will be continuously evaluated and they will return to racing as soon as safely possible.