Yamaha LandM San Manuel rider Josh Hill shares the points-lead in the 2010 AMA Supercross/FIM World Championship after scoring his fifth successive podium result and his fourth runner-up position in a row last Saturday in the final visit to the Angel Stadium, Anaheim in Los Angeles. The 20 year old finished the sixth round of seventeen behind Ryan Villopoto after a good start on the ’10 YZ450F and is now tied on 123 points with Ryan Dungey.
The third and last trek to Anaheim this year took place in front of over 34,000 spectators. Hill gated behind Villopoto and then had to deflect the attentions of Kevin Windham in the final stages to again ascend the second step. The consistency of the rider from Oregon has been impressive in 2010, especially as he has represented the team alone in the absence of champion James Stewart due to a broken right scaphoid.
‘I’m honestly starting to get sick of second place, but Ryan rode well tonight and the track was sketchy,’ he said. ‘I just tried to ride smart. I had to protect my lines from Windham for a while, too, and Ryan got away. I do better on the eastern tracks sometimes, so hopefully I can get a win next week.’
Stewart gave an update through his official website last week: ‘It’s been five days now since my surgery, and my wrist is already feeling a lot better! Right now I’m following my doctor’s orders so I can get back on the track racing as soon as possible. My plan is to be back out there just as soon as I can ride without pain. There’s not an exact date yet, but if progress continues as is, I hope to be back very soon.’
Hill is neck-and-neck with Dungey in the points and Valli Yamaha’s Ivan Tedesco (who fell on lap one of the main event in Anaheim) is fifth with Joe Gibbs Racing’s Justin Brayton in sixth. Brayton’s team-mate Josh Grant still remains on the sidelines with an injured left shoulder and could make a return to the Indoors by the end of the campaign.
In the West Coast Lites class Broc Tickle obtained his second rostrum finish of the season on the YZ250F and his best result so far in 2010 with second place. The Star Racing rider is currently 4th in the standings with just two more rounds to run in the category. He faces a gap of 14 points to the top three. A crash in the qualification Heat for Max Anstie meant that the British teenager could not participate in the main event and had to visit the hospital for a suspected pelvis injury.
Round seven takes place next Saturday in the Lucas Oil Dome of Indianapolis as the series moves away from the West coast for the first time.