A hard get off in Atlanta busted Josh Hills ribs, but he didn’t sit out a single race, helping him maintain third-place in the points.
So how are things going for you?
I’m getting better. I broke my ribs about a month ago; I broke a couple of them. I’m just trying to get back from that, but I feel a little bit better this week.
I heard you might have reinjured your ribs this week.
Yeah, I crashed again hard. It’s whatever. Everyone runs into problems. I’ll just try to get through this one. It just really doesn’t feel like the break last week did me any good since I crashed again. It’s kind of like I’m right back where I was last week.
You were going gangbusters earlier in the season and then you busted yourself up in Indy. Now that you are getting healed up more every week, what’s the plan for the rest of the season?
I want to just get on the podium again and try to win a race. That’s the goal; it’s been the goal the whole way. These injuries got in the way a little bit, but that’s still the plan.
Do you have any plans for the nationals? James (Stewart) is talking about riding some races. Are you going to try to ride part of the series?
I don’t think I have any plans for the national season at all, as far as I know. Maybe I’ll watch some nationals! I might be at the USGP and Hangtown or something. I’ll probably be at Southwick; it’s my favorite race. I’ll probably go watch that one.
What are your hopes for next year?
I’d really like to ride with this team again. I really like everyone on this team; it’s a good program. Everyone is awesome, so this would be where I want to stay, but I don’t have any contracts yet.
How different was this bike than your previous Factory Yamaha bike?
It’s a lot better, a lot faster. There’s really nothing on my bike you can’t get or buy. It’s pretty stock but I really like this bike a lot better. The set-up on it is really good.
Did it take long to get used to?
Yeah, it took about a week to even figure out how to ride it. It’s a lot different bike, but once you figure it out it’s fun to ride. I like it.
What were the main differences?
You know, I think it feels heavier at first. I’m like the opposite of what everybody else thinks. Once you really start to ride it, it’s really flickable and easy to ride. It’s really planted. I slide the bike a lot, and that thing is so planted it’s hard to slide the bike at all. That’s the main reason it felt heavier. You really have to respect this bike a lot more than the other bikes. ‘Cause when you get out of shape on this bike you are usually going a lot faster.
Let’s talk about your training. What do you do during the week to be prepared to race on the weekend? Do you hit the gym? The track?
It’s a combination of both. You have got to find the right amount of working out and the right amount of riding. It’s just if you’re dedicated you’re going to want to put in the work. If you’re not: you’ll just do whatever. I’ve just been trying to go above and beyond. I don’t really have it down to a science, I’m still kind of trying to figure out what works for me. The big thing with me was nutrition this year. Before I always worked out and always rode, but nutrition was the biggest thing this year I changed. That’s how I lost all that weight, and it was a lot easier.