HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (July 26, 2009) – Washougal MX Park in Washougal, Wash. started holding races in 1972, pro national events since 1983, and is the only stop on the tour in the Pacific Northwest. The track is known for its majestic fir trees and is regarded as one of the most scenic venues on the tour.
In the first moto Cooper and Grant started in seventh and eighth respectively. By the third lap Grant had moved into fifth, with Cooper in eighth. On lap five Cooper got sideways in a rhythm section and suffered a hard crash taking him out of the race. Grant remained steady in fifth position where he finished the moto. Cooper was taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation and was released, but did not race the second moto as a precaution.
When the gate dropped for the second moto it was Grant pulling the holeshot and leading the pack. Grant led until lap 13 (of 16) when he slipped back to second. He maintained second position until the conclusion of the moto. Grant’s 5-1 moto scores earned him second overall for the day, while Cooper was credited with 38 – DNS (did not start) for 40th. After eight of twelve rounds the 450 Class series points are:
1. Chad Reed 337
2. Josh Grant 272
3. Andrew Short 267
4. Ivan Tedesco 258
5. Michael Byrne 207
6. Thomas Hahn 171
7. Cody Cooper 157
8. Justin Brayton 152
9. Nick Wey 149
10. Mike Alessi 142
After a two-week break, the next round of the series will be on August 15 at Unadilla Sports Center in New Berlin, N.Y. The first motos of both the 250 and 450 Classes will air live on www.allisports.com beginning at 1:00 p.m. (EST). The second 450 moto will be broadcast on SPEED starting at 7:00 p.m. (EST).
Josh Grant and Cody Cooper will attend X-Games 15 in Los Angeles, Calif. Grant will compete in the Best Whip competition airing live on ESPN Thursday, July 30 between 9:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. (EST), and both Grant and Cody Cooper will compete in the Super X competition. The Super X Adaptive Final airs live on ESPN Friday, July 31 between 8:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. (EST), and the Final will be broadcast live Saturday, August 1 between 7:30 and 11:00 p.m. (EST).