The US factory Kawasaki squad have picked up Josh Grant's contract from the now defunct Two Two Motorsports team, signing him up for the rest of the 2015 race season. As Grant had already been riding a KXF450 with Reed, it's going to be a relatively easy change for him to make. He will make his debut with the squad at Millville this weekend.

Kawasaki released an official statement yesterday to confirm the signing. which was pretty much an open secret as Grant had been spotted at Lake Elsinore testing with the team.

"We feel that Josh is going to fit in very well with our team," said Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Manager, Dan Fahie. "Josh is very familiar with the KX450F which fits well with the short time frame we have to get him up to speed for Millville on Saturday."

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Grant will hope to grab some decent results to impress his new team, but faced with the year they've had, just finishing the season without further issues will count as a success. Kawasaki are having a challenging year in the 450 class. Ryan Villopoto departs to MXGP and they take on Davi Millsaps to replace him. Millsaps is unceremoniously released from his contract over the contents of his locker after a lack-lustre set of results, while Villopoto fails to shine in Europe, injures himself and then retires. Meanwhile, Chad Reed's satellite private team Two Two Motorsports has had to pull the plug, losing two more green bikes to the grid and now the remaining Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Will Hahn is out injured.

Grant comes to Monster Energy Kawasaki with one career overall win at Red Bud in 2009 and five overall podium finishes. He will remain with the team for the five remaining AMA nationals.

"This is a great opportunity for me and I want to thank everyone at Monster Energy Kawasaki for the chance to race again this year," said Grant. "I like the KX450F and I'm looking forward to getting the full support of the factory team behind me."

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