Josh Hill is back!
Josh Hill made his first appearance back on the bike last week after a crash that nearly ended his career over a year ago.
"It has been a long road back to riding well on the track. I had a few setbacks with pressure sores and with my ankle that forced me to get my Achilles and other tendons clipped and straightened out. That was 10 weeks ago. Mobility is a bit of an issue right now, but overall I feel great with my progress with just a few days of riding under my belt," said an optimistic Hill.
"My goal is to be ready to rock at Anaheim 1. I have put blood, sweat, and tears into my recovery and I will not settle for anything less than greatness on the track. I am incredibly excited for the 2012 season to start."
Team owner, Carey Hart, is rightfully excited to see Josh back on his bike. "I couldn't be happier to see Josh back on the Supercross track. It has been a rough couple years and I'm glad that he will be with us when he makes his return to A1!"
Roelants in, Anstie out
Considered as one of the strongest MX2 World Championship riders, Belgian Joel Roelants will be next season the teammate of Tommy Searle in the team CLS Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit.
For his last season in the MX2 class due to the age limit, Tommy Searle will have an experienced teammate in Joel Roelants! Twenty two years old, the Belgian claimed several MX2 podiums during the past few seasons and for his last attempt in this class he joins the CLS team. Considered as one of the best sand riders in the World, and based in Belgium not far from the CLS workshop, Joel will bring all his experience to the team and will be able to test at any time the Pro Circuit Kawasaki in this competitive class. As well as the MX2 World Championship, Joel will enter the Dutch National series and will join the team to begin his preparations for 2012 season on the KX250F.
Last week saw the return of the Veteran MXDN to Farleigh Castle in England. A massive 30,000 people turned out to witness greats of the past hurtle around the old-school track on retro bikes from era's past. Here's an extended video from a day of racing that saw Jeff Stanton, Chuck Sun, Dave Thorpe, Jamie Dobb and many more revive some old memories.
Last Round of the British Championships
Although Brad Anderson (PAR Honda) and Arnaud Tonus (Bike It Cosworth Wildwolf Yamaha) have both won their respective titles there is still hot competition for second place in the MX1 class when the series visits the famous Hawkstone Park venue for the final round of the 2011 series on October 2nd.
Fresh from a strong ride at the recent Motocross of Nations, Anderson is the new MX1 champion, but behind him Kristian Whatley (Samsung Yamaha) and Martin Barr (Boost Energy KTM UK) are separated by 18 points, with 75 still up for grabs. There is an even closer battle for fourth position with Gert Krestinov (Maxxis Henderson LPE Kawasaki) and Tom Church, now riding the 350 HM Plant Red Bull KTM, separated by just one point.
Other top riders include, Alex Snow, Nathan Parker, Stephen Sword, Elliot Banks Browne, Mel Pocock, Bryan MacKenzie and Jake Nicholls. The event also features the final round of the 2011 ACU British Veterans Championship.
Vurb Classic Closing In
The first round of the 2011 Vurb Classic series is coming up in a week's time. Kicking off at the outdoor national facility of Thunder Valley in Denver, Colorado on October 7-9 it has recently been announced that FMF will title sponsor the two races, as on the 21-23 October, the second round will be held at the Silver Dollar track in Georgia.
Townley In for Monster Cup
Feld Motor Sports announced today that Ben Townley, of Taupo, New Zealand, will race at the inaugural Monster Energy Cup at Las Vegas' Sam Boyd Stadium on October 15.
Prior to joining the Eastern Regional Supercross Lites class in 2007, Townley captured 12 national titles in New Zealand and 13 World Motocross Championship Grand Prix wins. Townley capped off his Lites class rookie season with three wins and two additional podium finishes and was crowned the class' champion. Following setbacks with injuries in the pursuing seasons, Townley is back in action ready to take a shot at the Monster Million.
"I'm really excited to race at a higher level in the states again," said Townley. "Ironically, the last time I raced supercross was at Sam Boyd Stadium in 2007, so it's been a while. The atmosphere racing in a stadium is exciting and I'm looking forward to doing it again."
The hybrid track, which will blend elements from both supercross and motocross, has many riders eager to see the final product.
"I'm excited to see what Ricky [Carmichael] and Jeremy [McGrath] have in store for us," added Townley. "The hybrid factor and general concept of this race is really interesting to me. I feel if there is a good balance between motocross and supercross it will make for some really interesting racing."