Wheely big deal as Hill jumps on board

DARWIN’S historic first round of the Australian Supercross Championship has changed its name to the Josh Hill Show.

The US Supercross champion will today be announced as the star attraction at the September 14-15 combined supercross-superbikes round at Hidden Valley.

Sports Minister Matt Conlan said the Darwin motor- bike spectacular would mark 24-year-old Hill’s first appearance in Australia.

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US Supercross champion Josh Hill will be making his Australian debut at the combined supercross-superbikes round at Hidden Valley.

“When it comes to superross riders around the world, Josh Hill is about as big as they come,” Mr Conlan said. “So we’re absolutely thrilled he’ll be making his Australian debut right here in Darwin.

“Josh is signed to Carey Hart’s team – the husband of pop megastar Pink – who happen to be one of the biggest teams in America.”

Event promoter and International Entertainment Group director Yarrive Konsky said that Hill’s inclusion in the Darwin supercross round was “incredibly huge”.
“We’re delighted to be able to bring Josh to Darwin and Hidden Valley,” Mr Konsky told the NT News.

“Josh had a bad crash two years ago which made global headlines and there were fears he would never race again. But he’s back better than ever and excited to be coming to Australia for the first time, where Darwin will be his very first stop.

“This guy is a huge name in supercross and his appearance will make the championships at Hidden Valley a world-class event.”

Hidden Valley is hosting a QBE Australian Superbike Championships (ASBK) and Australian Supercross Championship round.

“The double program in Darwin will be a great opportunity for Territorians, visitors and rev heads to get down to Hidden Valley and see not one but two different types of motorcycle sports at the one venue,” Mr Conlan said.

“It will be a double dose of speed, agility and athleticism and it’s going to be Hidden Valley like Territorians have never seen it before.”

The NT Government and Mr Konsky’s organisation have sourced 10,000 tonnes of dirt to build the supercross track with jumps and obstacles in the middle of the Hidden Valley circuit

Dodge/RCH Racing’s Josh Hill Earns X Games Silver Medal

RCH RACING’S JOSH HILL EARNS A SILVER MEDAL IN MEN’S MOTO X AT SUMMER X GAMES IN LOS ANGELES

LOS ANGELES – (Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013) – RCH Racing’s Josh Hill (No. 75 Dodge/RCH Racing/Suzuki Z450) earned Dodge its first-ever X Games podium finish with a silver medal performance Saturday in Men’s Moto X at Summer X Games 2013 Los Angeles. Hill led the first 19 of 20 laps in the Main Event before a last-lap pass on the final turn by event winner Justin Brayton.

“What a race,” said a jubilant Hill. “Justin was on my rear tire for the entire race. We were 1-2 almost the entire race and he got me on the lap that counted.”

Men’s Moto X Racing returned to the X Games for the first time since 2010 in grand style as the top riders from multiple moto cross genres took to the purpose-built, all-dirt course that featured huge jumps, rollers and whoops sections inside the famed Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.

Hill was fast all day, seeding third during afternoon practice aboard the No. 75 Suzuki. In the evening program, Hill broke clear of the 12-rider field early in Heat 1 and never looked back to secure the automatic transfer into the Main Event with a wire-to-wire win.

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“It was gnarly,” said Hill after his Heat 1 performance. “The track is so tight that you have to ride totally defensive when you’re leading. I was looking over my shoulder the last two laps to protect my position. You couldn’t run the fast line and lead the race.”

The mini Supercross-style event inside the home of the Los Angeles Lakers featured a 12-rider Main Event. Race starts were critical as early track position trumped any passing opportunities.

“The race start (60-feet long) was really everything,” said Hill. “It was such a tight course that if you didn’t break clean off the gate it was going to be tough to score well.”

In the Main Event, Hill broke first and avoided a multi-rider mishap in Turn 1 that allowed the RCH Racing rider to pull ahead early in the moto. Hill’s consistent pace and semi-defensive racing lines allowed the Oregon native to hold off the hard-charging Brayton who nipped at Hill’s rear tire all 20 laps. Hill was quick to point out how his “wide” riding style played a factor.

“He (Brayton) rode awesome,” Hill said. “He would have been faster if I wasn’t holding him up the entire time (laughs). It was an awesome race for me.”

Hill was flawless all day aboard the Suzuki, crediting his RCH team for preparing a fantastic race bike.

“Our team had a game plan to make my bike good on race starts and get me in position to break away and it worked tonight,” he added.

Tight racing had fans on their feet in the feature event with the Hill-Brayton battle taking center stage. Hill’s defensive racing lines late in the race forced Brayton to be aggressive in the final corner. He stuffed his front tire underneath Hill, pushing him up the track to gain the position.

“I needed to install a rear-view mirror on my bike (laughs),” Hill added. “It was a game of inches all day. If I railed the berm I could have carried a lot of speed, but there were times where I had to hold my line and race slower to protect the lead. It was great racing. We just come up short tonight. Justin made a great move on the last lap to get us.”

H&H FMX Visits The MDP Block Part: Uno

The Hart and Huntington FMX team is at the MDP Block on Larry Linkogle’s property for a nice shred session. Bobby Lee, Lance Coury, Mike Mason, Garrett Ahlf, Jeff Griffin and Cassidy Loser were all having some fun hanging out and getting some sick shots with the beautiful winery landscape. Interviews and more to come from these guys in Part 2! Stay tuned!

RedBud Motocross Championship With RCH

Hang with Ricky Carmichael, Carey Hart, Broc Tickle and the RCH Racing team at round 8 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championships at RedBud! Seven rounds into their first outdoor season, team RCH and rider Broc Tickle are pleased with their position in the points and are excited to continue improving throughout the year. Get an inside look at Ricky’s “Ricky Carmichael University (RCU)” event offering advice and coaching from motocross heavies including Grant Langston, Ivan Tedesco, Jeff Emig, and Jeff Stanton and check out some of the rad happenings at the RCH Racing rig in the pits!

CAREY HART Exclusive Australian TV interview

Carey Hart is in Australia today Tues. July 16,2013 and is on Australian television. The former Freestyle Motocross Champ Exclusive tonight with us getting to see Carey Hart Pull off the FIRST back flip on a dirtbike! A Born Racer and current off road Truck Racer. Carey Hart is currently married to Pink and we hear from Carey how exactly SHE proposed to HIM!
We see their new little baby girl and hear about the latest to be seen from both Carey Hart and Pink!

Ink Master: Orlando tattoo artist competes

Orlando tattoo artist Jime Litwalk says the show “Ink Master” had been a guilty pleasure for him and he watched to study his industry.Now that guilty pleasure could offer a big payoff. Litwalk is one of 16 artists competing for the $100,000 grand prize when “Ink Master” starts its third season at 10 p.m. Tuesday on Spike. Litwalk, 38, works as an artist at Hart & Huntington Tattoo Co. at Universal CityWalk. He sees a message in the show.

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“We want tattoos to become publicly accepted,” he said. “You want to be able to show it’s an artistic life choice. We have a different canvas. Sometimes certain people look at it as ‘Who cares?” Litwalk does. He said the show forced him to change up his style by pushing him to concentrate. In your own style,” he said. “The show took me out of my everyday routine. It gave me a kick in the ass to open my eyes, ‘Don’t always get so comfortable.” “At a tattoo convention, an “Ink Master” producer asked him to be on the show. “I had friends who had been on in past seasons,” he said. “We have to market ourselves. I felt like I could do it, and it was time to put up or shut up.” In addition to the money, the winner gets an editorial feature in the magazine Inked and the title of Ink Master. Litwalk acknowledges the show should be very good for business.

“There’s never a way I’d be able to buy a commercial on a national network like Spike,” he said. “I can put myself out there. I’ve traveled the world and won numerous awards. What’s the next level of getting myself out there? When it comes to a TV show in its third season, there’s an opportunity that would be silly not to grab on to.”

He savored the experience of competing. “It was cool. I’ve been tattooing over 20 years,” he said. “You challenge yourself every day to get better. It’s different when you have to place yourself into a competition. You’re pushed to your limits on certain things. I felt a lot of emotion, excitement, sometimes frustration. I would do it all over again.”