Following the injury that Cooper Webb sustained in Minneapolis, Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing have drafted Josh Hill in as a replacement rider for the final two rounds of Monster Energy Supercross. The deal was announced via social media earlier today.
"After Seattle, the guys at Yamaha were gracious enough to get me hooked up with a brand new YZ450F," Hill said in a statement. "They helped me get some good supercross suspension on it, so I could get some practice in. I was thinking about trying to get ready for the Las Vegas supercross and try to just have fun with a good dry race under my belt, since Seattle was so muddy.
"Unfortunately, Cooper Webb had a big get off at the start of the race in Minneapolis and he is not going to be able to compete," he continued. "I was lucky enough to get the phone call to come fill in for him for these last few remaining races. I'm really excited about the opportunity! I hope that the extra weeks of preparation, being on the Yamaha and getting real acclimated with it will pay off in results at the end of the twenty-minute main."
Josh Hill showed potential in his first race with Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing, Seattle, but ultimately ended the main event in twenty-first. Hill last raced in Salt Lake City in 2013 and ended the main event in seventh.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Monster Energy Media/Octopi