Moving to the big bike has been good for Josh Hill. His results in 2008 were very respectable for a rookie.
Josh is one of the few professional riders to come out of the Pacific Northwest. He has since moved to the moto Mecca of SoCal where he can better train for his gig as a factory Yamaha rider. The likeable Oregon native pulled out his first career victory in the premier class in 2008 with an excellent performance at Minneapolis’ Metrodome. The whole thing was captured on the GoPro HERO helmet camera which he had just started wearing as part of the Yamaha/GoPro promotion.
Hill is another of the nice-guy types but ran into some trouble in 2008 alongside his notorious buddy, Jason Lawrence. Despite the uncharacteristic off-track antics, his results have been pretty much in-line for a rookie showing in the 450 division. Seventh outdoors and fifth in Supercross put him in pretty good company. He scored third in the SX Lites class in 2007, but struggled to find the power in his YZ250F to win outdoor races, hence the move to the big-bike division.
The 2009 season was a tough one for Hill after finishing in 10th in Supercross, injuries to his shoulder and back sidelined him for most of the outdoor season dropping him out of the points-standings in the Motocross division.
The next year was a taxing season for Hill in terms of injuries. In 2010 Hill was having one of the best Supercross seasons of his career. He was tied in points with Ryan Dungey, but halfway into the season Hill suffered three broken ribs which kept him off the track. Despite poor results near the end of the season Hill still finished sixth in the championship. For the second year in a row Hill missed the outdoor season when a freestyle motocross incident left the 21-year-old with serious injuries. While practicing back flips Hill crashed, and his list of injuries included: a broken right femur, a broken right pelvis, a shattered right humerus up to his shoulder and compartment syndrome in his left leg. Due to the extent of his injuries Hill is not expected to race in the 2011 season of Supercross, but he does plan on being ready for the outdoor season.
Josh isn’t the only speedster in his family. His younger brother, Justin, can be found tearing up local pros. If the trend continues then we could see a brother combo in the pro pits down the road.
Josh Hill had a difficult season in 2010 which included numerous injuries. He plans to be back in fighting shape for the 2011 AMA Pro Motocross Championship.
Josh Hill Specs:
Birth Date: July 30, 1989
Birthplace: Clackamas, OR
Residence: Yoncalla, OR
Height: 5′ 11″
Weight: 185 lbs
Turned Pro: 2006
National Number: 75
2010: 6th (SX)
2009: 10th (SX)
2008: 5th (SX), 7th (MX)
2007: 3rd (WSX), 15th (250 MX)
2006: 26th (250 MX)