“Justin was just on my rear wheel the whole time,” explained Josh Hill at the conclusion of the 2013 Summer X Games Moto X main event. Hill, who had held steady in the lead for 19 of the 20-lap race, was frustrated for it was Justin Brayton – that had also chased Hill during their entire 12-lap qualifying race – who was able to shadow the gleaming gold number-75 RCH Suzuki RM-Z450 the entire contest before tactically executing a deft block pass on the last lap thus snatching away what looked to be Hill’s gold medal. “I mean, we did 32 laps one and two. He got me on the one that counted. I think he would have rode even faster had I not been holding him up the whole time.”
Josh Hill and the X Games. Talk about a love-hate relationship. In the July of 2010, while trying to sort out a backflip trick for the Olympics of Action Sports, Hill and his motorcycle lost their way off a steel ramp stamped into the dirt of Southern California, the former Supercross main-event winner ending up in an emergency room with brutal injuries that were equal parts life and career threatening. Almost three years of subsequent pain and suffering – not to mention trying to rekindle some sort of life into his once chrome sparks-bright career, Hill was back and deep and deeply dedicated to the 2014 Monster Energy Supercross Series. As he will explain, Hill says the rough and tumble times he’s bashed and popped his way through have only made him stronger, and with the recent X Games “silver and gold” serving as sort of a jumping jam, he’s ready to head down on the upside to Australia for that nation’s now-annual SX Championship.
The 2013 Terex Australian Supercross Championship is pulling up the curtain Down Under on September 14 and 15 at Hidden Valley, Northern Territory, Australia. For Hill, aged 24, it’s ready/steady/go time on both his off-season immediate future and his near-term “I want to win U.S. Supercross races” future.