It's going to be a quiet weekend at the factory Yamaha rig in Seattle this weekend. Both AMA Supercross riders Broc Hepler and Josh Hill are out due to injuries. For Hepler, it marks yet another in a long string of unfortunate injuries which have kept him on the sidelines more than in the action in recent years. For Hill, however, this weekend will be the first of his entire Pro career that he has not made it to the starting line-up.
Hill, who is in his sophomore year in the Supercross class, is disappointed not only to ruin his perfect attendance record, but also to break his momentum this season. He scored his season-best finish two rounds prior with a third-place finish in Toronto.
“I still can’t believe it; I was just starting to make major gains and was really looking forward to these last three Supercross [races],” said Hill.
This past Wednesday, while training in the mountains, Hill suffered a severely sprained ankle that resulted in ligament damage. Josh immediately contacted his doctor and started physical therapy to make his recovery as speedy as possible. Josh is currently listed as day-to-day and his condition will be reassessed prior to the Salt Lake City Supercross next weekend.
Broc HeplerOn Thursday at Qwest Field while taking part in Media Day activities Broc Hepler cross-rutted up the face of a triple. The resulting crash had Broc take the handlebars directly to the abdomen. As a precaution Broc was taken to the hospital for observation.
“I made a slight miscalculation on the triple. Let’s hope this is only a small hiccup and I’ll be able to return to action as soon as Salt Lake City”, said Broc Hepler.
“Obviously this is a big setback for the team,” said Jim Perry, Team Yamaha’s Factory Racing Motocross Manager, “but as always, the health of our riders is a number one priority and we hope to have both riders back in action next weekend.”