Justin Hill Breaks Big Toe In Crash At 2018 Atlanta Supercross
We talked with the AutoTrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing team on Saturday night for an update on Justin Hill after a pair of crashes forced him to pull out of the night’s final race. Hill went down early in 450 Main Event One and this reportedly resulted in a banged up shoulder, but he rejoined the race after a stop in the work area and finished twentieth. During 450 Main Event Two Hill cross-rutted his bike on the face of the first jump in a triple-triple section and the loss of control forced him to eject from the bike, which caused him to land feet-first on another obstacle. Medics carried Hill off the track, which made it seem like his legs were seriously injured. We were surprised to see Hill on the track during the sighting lap for 450 Main Event Three, as he jumped every obstacle and pulled back to the starting gate. Ultimately, Hill pulled back from the line and rode out of the stadium.
The team told us that Hill broke the big toe on his right foot and that when he went to hit the brake during the sighting lap, he could not feel the pedal. With that, he made the decision to sit out the final race.
A press release from the AutoTrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing team just hit our inbox and includes quotes from Hill on the crash and Team Manager Jeremy Albrecht, which is posted below. Per Albrecht, it sounds like Hill will not race the 450 at Daytona or St. Louis, as he will need to be back on his normal Suzuki RM-Z250 for the first 250 East-West Shootout that will take place at the 2018 Indianapolis Supercross.
"The day went well, all of the way up to the first main event. I lost focus on the start and was caught up in a lot of garbage in the second rhythm section. A rider crashed in front of me, and I got caught in the carnage. Then I went over the bars and my bike was tweaked up. I feel like I could have held the lead pace off, because it wasn't that intense. In the second main, I had an outside gate choice, but I started working through the field. I was making a lot of time on the triple-triple section, because I don't think anyone else was doing it. Unfortunately, I cross-rutted off the face and it pulled the handlebars right out of my hands. I made the split-second decision to bail. It would have been really bad if I had tried to ride it out. I landed feet-first, and because there was another jump right after that I couldn't land and fold up. I'm lucky in that I had great boots on that saved my ankles from serious damage. I'm happy, overall, because I rode well up to that point and showed good speed. I am excited for the future and to take the next step." – Justin Hill
“Hill was up there, but he crashed and hurt his feet and shoulder. Overall, no one is hurt too badly. Considering how difficult the track was, and how big of crashes the guys had, I'm happy that we could walk away from this one. The plan for Hill is to return to the Suzuki RM-Z250 in preparation for the remaining 250 West Supercross rounds." – Jeremy Albrecht