News 31 Oct 2022

Adelaide podium charge from Hill in AUSX guest ride

Popular international takes third in CDR SX1 fill-in appearance.

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A spirited charge at Adelaide Showground saw CDR Yamaha Monster Energy’s Josh Hill reach the podium in his guest appearance at round two of the 2022 Australian Supercross Championship (AUSX).

Hill, 33, received the opportunity to compete in Adelaide after domestic SX1 regular Luke Clout was injured in the series opener at Marvel Stadium.

After finishing fourth in his heat race at Waywille, Hill was P6 in the early stages of the main event and had work to do to reach the rostrum. Laying down consistent laps, the number 75 progressively elevated to podium contention and overcame Matt Moss (BBR 102 Motorsports) on lap 13 to finish third.

“I was kind of slow all day,” Hill reflected. “First practice I went out and I was quick – me and Aaron [Tanti] were first and second – then I just couldn’t find my groove all day after the track went away.

“In the main, I didn’t get a great start and I was mid-pack, just kind of took a deep breath and tried to start picking guys off one by one. Towards the end, I could see [Justin] Brayton. I wasn’t close enough to do anything about it, but it is still a good feeling to close in on the lead group.

“It was good, I’m stoked for my teammate, making this championship interesting, and it is always a good opportunity for the CDR Yamaha team, Monster Energy, Fox, all these guys put this effort in. This is probably my favourite team in the world to ride for, any chance I get to ride out here I just try to put my best foot forward.”

It is unclear if Hill will return for the remaining two rounds of the series – that answer ultimately depending on Clout’s racing return and if he makes Newcastle next month. Meanwhile, CDR regular Tanti leads the series following victory at Adelaide Showground.