CORONA, Calif., (April 29, 2008) – Monster Energy’s Josh Hill (Yamaha), in his rookie Supercross class campaign on the Monster Energy AMA Supercross (an FIM World Championship) tour, overcame a rough start at Seattle this past weekend to make up a bunch of important overall points with a 7th place finish on Saturday.
Hill, who entered the event tightly locked in a battle with fellow Monster Energy-backed racer Tim Ferry (Monster Energy/Kawasaki) for 5th place overall in the Supercross class standings, lost a bit of ground in the fight with Ferry who finished 5th at Seattle. As it stands, with one contest remaining (Las Vegas), Hill has a four point lead over Ferry, 210-206, for that all important fifth and final spot in the standings.
“The plan is to come out of Vegas with 5th overall – however we can arrive at that,” said Hill. “I know Tim Ferry and his team have the same thing in mind, so it’ll be a great race within a race for fans at Vegas to follow, along with Monster Army members all over the world.”
Coming out blazing in practice/pre-qualifying, Hill put up the 4th fastest lap time with a 52.663, then transferred to the main with a 5th place finish in heat No. 2. In the main Hill got out well and was right on the rear tire of Chad Reed when Reed went down – taking Hill with him. Hill was able to regroup and, though he came back around in 15th place after the first lap, made it all the way back to 7th to preserve his 5th place o/a points lead over Ferry.
Next up for Monster Energy’s Josh Hill are the 2008 Monster Energy Supercross finals at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium, this Saturday, May 3rd.