Justin Hill To Race Select 450 Pro Motocross Nationals
The Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team has announced that Justin Hill will move up to the 450 class and race select rounds of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. Hill will pilot the all-new Suzuki RM-Z450 beginning next weekend at High Point Raceway in Mount Morris, Pennsylvania. In the 250 class, Jimmy Decotis is scheduled to make his return at Muddy Creek Raceway on June 23. Also, 250 class rookie Enzo Lopes will now contest the remaining nine rounds of the series for the Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team.
Hill is eager to take on a new challenge and test himself in the highly competitive 450 class. Hill made headlines earlier in the year when he raced a few Monster Energy Supercross 450 rounds, winning a heat race and battling with series veterans. The 23-year-old will use this opportunity to acclimate to the 450 class, which he’ll contest on a full-time basis in 2019.
“It’s really cool that the Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team is giving me this chance,” Hill said. “This is something J-Bone [Jeremy Albrecht] and I talked about before the start of the Nationals. I’m stoked to see what the 450 class is all about before I make the full-time jump up next year. I had a lot of fun racing a few 450 Supercross rounds. The goal is to learn, and I’m excited for the opportunity.”
Team manager Jeremy Albrecht echoed Hill’s thoughts.
“Justin has a tremendous amount of talent, and he has been working hard at increasing his intensity,” Albrecht said. “The Suzuki RM-Z450 has proven to be an outstanding bike, as Hill showed during Supercross earlier in the year. The team isn’t putting any pressure on him to win the 450 class. The established stars are going really fast right now, but I like Hill’s attitude about this opportunity. We will evaluate Justin after several rounds and make the decision whether to have him contest the remaining 450 Nationals.”