JOSH HILL TO RACE FOR FACTORY YAMAHA | 2018 SEATTLE SUPERCROSS (UPDATE)
JOSH HILL UPDATE [April 4, 2018]: Yamaha finally released an official press release regarding Josh Hill racing this weekend at the Seattle Supercross. Yamaha also released updates on their injured riders Cooper Webb and Justin Barcia. This is what they had to say.
Press Release: Coming off a one-week break from racing, the 2018 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship returns to action this Saturday, April 7, for Round 13 in Seattle, Washington. The Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing Team took full advantage of the weekend off as Cooper Webb and Justin Barcia each took the time to continue recovering from injury while officially beginning their preparations for the upcoming outdoor season.
Webb is feeling recharged and ready to attack the final rounds, while his teammate, Barcia, has made the tough decision to remain sidelined in order to continue strengthening his hand. The MonsterEnergy/Yamaha Factory Racing Team is pleased to announce that Washington native Josh Hill
will line up this Saturday as a fill-in for Barcia, competing aboard a Yamaha YZ450F in front of
his hometown crowd in Seattle.
With two riders lining up in the 450SX class at Seattle’s CenturyLink Field, the Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing Team has high hopes heading into the weekend. Webb’s shoulder injury continues to progress each week and the North Carolina native is determined to grit through the pain in hopes of capturing his first-career 450SX victory in 2018.
Josh Hill is set to make his first Monster Energy AMA Supercross appearance since 2015 this Saturday, where the crowd favorite looks to put on a good showing for his fans in Seattle. Hill began his professional racing career on a Yamaha in 2006 and despite a brief retirement from Monster Energy AMA Supercross, Hill is excited to be back under the Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing tent 12 years later.
Justin Barcia, who suffered a broken hand at the Arlington Supercross round in February, originally
planned to make his return in Seattle but has made the difficult decision to continue rehabilitation to regain strength and mobility in hopes of lining up at the penultimate round in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Cooper Webb: “The week off has been really beneficial for me, I’ve gotten a full week of outdoor prep in and it
gave my shoulder some time to rest and get closer to 100%. I’ve also been back on the SX track
this week and I’m feeling great. The time off has been most beneficial for my shoulder and I’m
feeling much more confident heading into Seattle! I’;m ready to finish this Supercross series off
with a bang!
Justin Barcia: “It’s been a week since I started riding again and I’m progressing pretty well every day. I was
shooting to race this weekend in Seattle but it’s just not realistic. My hand hasn’t progressed fast
enough, unfortunately. I went to California last week and did some MX testing, which was good
to build some strength and I’m back riding SX now. I’ve been road biking, mountain biking and
running – my normal training that I always do – and in my free time, I’ve started building a new
outdoor track to keep my mind busy. I’m really shooting to race Salt Lake City – that’s the goal
–but we’ll see how the next week goes and how I progress.”
Josh Hill: “Getting a call from Factory Yamaha to come and race Seattle came as a total surprise to me! I
was just on my way home from winning an AMA National Snow Bike Championship and I was
actually planning to race Seattle on my own bike, in my own truck. I got a call from Keith
McCarty asking if I wanted to fill-in for Justin Barcia and of course, I was honored and shocked
that they would think of me. It’s pretty surreal to come up out of retirement and get a call from
Factory Yamaha to go racing. And it’s even cooler that Factory Yamaha is where I started my
career in 2006 when I was 16 and to be doing it now, 12 years later, coming back to my home
race in Seattle is pretty exciting.”
On Yamaha Motor’s USA Instagram it was announced that Josh Hill will be filling in for injured Justin Barcia at Seattle Supercross. Josh commented, “Getting a call from Factory Yamaha to come race Seattle came as a total surprise to me. I was just on my way home from winning the AMA National Snowbike Championship and was planning on racing Seattle on my own bike out of my own truck. Got a call from Keith Mccarty, asking me if I wanted to fill in for Justin Barcia and of course I was honored and shocked that they would think of me. It’s pretty surreal to come up out of retirement and get a call from Factory Yamaha to go racing. It’s even cooler that Factory Yamaha is where I started my career out in 2006 when I was 16 and to be doing it now, 12 years later, coming back to my home race in Seattle, is pretty exciting.”
We are excited to see how Josh will do. His last Supercross race was in Atlanta in 2015 over three years ago on a Yamaha YZ450F. Good luck Josh.