Leatt Brace Reactions - Kevin Windham and Josh Grant

By Steve "TFS" Bruhn

Steve Bruhn caught up with Sobe/Samsung/No Fear's Kevin Windham and Josh Grant to get their reaction to wearing the Leatt neck brace at the San Diego SX.  Windham was quick to accept the brace and the first to make a Supercross podium with one, proving that it is possible to go podium speed with the brace.  Josh Grant added his name to the Leatt Brace list by wearing one Friday and decided to just go for it on race day.  First up is Kdub and then JG.

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Kevin Windham makes a statement in San Diego with the Leatt Brace

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Kevin Windham:
TFS: Kevin, how was your race with that Leatt Brace?
The race was great. It didn’t bother me at all. It builds a little confidence too. As many neck injuries as we have had, you can’t help but think about it a little bit. It’s a dangerous game. For me, taking any possible risk out by wearing a brace gives me more confidence. That’s good. I have been riding a lot better and it just so happens that everything came together tonight.  I think it’s just been a combination of things, the hard work.

So it was an easy decision for you to wear this brace?
Oh yeah. It’s simple. I rode with it for one day. I realized within 2 laps on the track that this is something that it not going to bother me and it is something I am going to ride with. I feel good about wearing it and I feel good about the safety that it provides. It was an easy decision. Now that I am wearing it, I have to make sure I have enough for west coast/east coast practice and everything. I don’t intend to ride any without it.

So with some more confidence tonight you had a good race?
In the last 2 weeks actually. I was gunning for the podium in Houston. I didn’t have the best pace tonight. I was struggling a little bit with some of my corners. But I kept my pace. It feels good.

A year from now, will everyone will be wearing one of those braces?
Yeah, I think well over 50 percent by the end of the year probably even. It’s hard to say. We know a neck injury is something you can’t come back from. We don’t worry about bones. We know what we face week in and week out. I have had some great doctors putting me back together.  The technology for the neck is not there yet. I think everyone thinks about it. If you think about it, why don’t you do the best you can to eliminate that problem?

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Josh Grant adds his name to the safety list

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Josh Grant:
What can you tell us about your decision to use Leatt Brace this weekend?
It was good. I wanted to try it in Houston but it didn’t come together, it was too close and we were rushing everything. I got to try it on Friday and you really couldn’t tell it was even there. I just decided to ride with it. I feel more comfortable riding with the brace. I feel more confident riding with it, so why not?
So can I take that as a “hey go get one, nothing to it?”
I would say that, yeah. I would say one of the smartest things you could do is go out and get one. It’s not foolproof but it can definitely help to prevent things. I didn’t have one at all until Friday. I rode with it like an hour on Friday and then raced with it tonight.
Any issues with fit or interference?
Sometimes in the corners I couldn’t tilt the same but you can adjust it to where it works for you. It really only took me 4 laps to get used to it. I notice that it’s there, but I feel confident wearing it now.

Are you going to stick with it and do you want everyone to ride with one?
Yeah, and I hope so. I hope the AMA does something to make them mandatory.

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So there you have; two thumbs up from two of the fastest guys in motocross.  To read more from Steve and get an insiders look into the weekend of events surrounding the Amp'd Mobile World Supercross GP series, visit sxweekendwindow.blogspot.com.   Until next time, good luck with your training and, as always, VT can be reached anytime at crytset@comcast.net .  In addition, be sure and check out the Racer X Virtual Trainer archive section, your complete one-stop information zone for motocross fitness.