Yamaha 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 2010 Yamaha 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.
Josh Hill Speaks…
"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."
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.
His injuried teammate and Supercross favorite James Stewart gave an update through his official website last week.
James Stewart Speaks…
"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."
2010 AMA Supercross Class Results: Anaheim 3
1. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki
2. Josh Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Yamaha
3. Kevin Windham, Centerville, Miss., Honda
4. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki
5. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Honda
6. Justin Brayton, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha
7. Kyle Chisholm, Valrico, Fla., Yamaha
8. Michael Byrne, Atlanta, Ga., Yamaha
9. Dan Reardon, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha
10. Nick Wey, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki
2010 AMA Supercross Class Season Standings
1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki, 123
2. Josh Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Yamaha, 123
3. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 120
4. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Honda, 98
5. Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha, 87
6. Justin Brayton, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha, 87
7. Kevin Windham, Centerville, Miss., Honda, 86
8. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda, 69
9. Nick Wey, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki, 61
10. Tommy Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Suzuki, 56
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.