The Autotrader Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing team have announced that Justin Hill will contest a handful of 450SX rounds in the coming weeks. Hill will make his premier-class debut at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, on Saturday night.
"I'm ultra-psyched to have this opportunity. I have been waiting a long time to ride the all-new Suzuki RM-Z450 and that is what our deal entails for next year. To get my feet wet is crucial, not just for racing, but also in getting some development time logged. We have already made a lot of great setting choices on the bike and I am learning a lot," stated Hill. "It is really easy for me to ride the bike. The great part about these 450 races is that I have my own expectations, but there is not any pressure. It should be fun."
Jeremy Albrecht, the team manager at Autotrader Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing, echoed those thoughts. "We are excited to have Hill on the 450," he said. "He's brimming with confidence after coming off a win before the break in the 250SX West series. We'll use these next few 450 rounds as development for 2019. We will go on a race-by-race basis and then he will get back to riding the RM-Z250 to finish out the year strong."
After taking a win at the previous 250SX West round, San Diego, Justin Hill now runs seventh in the standings. Twenty-eight points sit between Hill and the current series leader. Hill will have to return to the RM-Z250 for the first 250SX East/West Showdown at Indianapolis on 24 March.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Suzuki Racing