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Making A Statement At The St. Louis Supercross.

After a tough weekend in Toronto that saw team leader Broc Tickle suffer a season-ending injury, the RCH Racing Soaring Eagle team headed to the “Show Me” state of Missouri determined to show the world what they are made of. Lone eagle Josh Hill was ready to fly the team colors in St. Louis at round 13 of the Monster Energy Supercross series. Mission accomplished as Hill had his best finish of the SX season!

Little known fact, the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis was the site of RCH Racing Soaring Eagle team principal Ricky Carmichael’s last Supercross victory back in 2007. “It is a very technical track and there will be some great racing in St. Louis tonight,” predicted the Greatest Of All Time after qualifying. “First through 10th were separated by just over half a second!” With four wins, Carmichael is also the all-time winner in the Edward Jones Dome, so he knows a thing or two about this event.  He was able to transfer some of his insight to the team’s rider Josh Hill.

A week of practicing starts and yet another solid top 10 qualifying session had Hill positioned where he wanted to be in Heat race #1, lined up next to second fastest qualifier of the afternoon, Ryan Dungey. As expected Dungey took the holeshot and Hill was fifth off the start (top four transfer straight to the Main from the 6-lap Heat races, the rest have to ride the Semis). By the halfway point, Hill had moved up into 4th for a qualifying position when an unfortunate crash caused the race to be red-flagged and re-started. On the restart, and slower riders conspired to have Hill back in 11th. Despite a valiant charge that had Hill all the way up to 7th on the last lap, he was still three positions out of a direct transfer to the Main.

Another tough start for Hill in Semi #2 allowed him to demonstrate just how fast he is. Suzuki-mounted holeshot artist Mike Alessi snagged the lead on the start and never looked back, while Josh made the Main the hard way. In the short 5-lap semi, he charged from 7th up to 2nd . Shades of last week as Alessi and Hill outpaced the field and easily made the Main event. “I have the speed to run with the leaders and proved it again in the Semi, but like we said last week, gotta get a start!”
Photo Credit: Simon Cudby

Teammate Tickle Tweeted from home where he is recovering from his crash in Canada: “Good luck today @soaringeagleresort @Rchracing and @joshill75 you got this! Keep that momentum up!”  Broc was referencing the fact that Hill earned back-to-back top-10 finishes for the first time since last year. Proving that he might be down, but definitely not out, Broc was just released from the hospital yesterday. “Everything is getting better day-by-day and I really appreciate all the support and fans that I have behind me.”

Tickle added, “I still have a lot ahead of me to get healed up. I’m blessed and really can’t thank everyone who is behind me enough. I will make a 100% recovery and be back when the time is right. I’m motivated to get through this and get back where I left off. I was building great momentum and getting more confidence each weekend this Supercross season.” First things first, though.”First off I want to thank my wife Jessica for taking care of everything,” says Broc. “I also want to thank my family for the awesome love and support, everyone at RCH Racing and all my sponsors — you guys are awesome and I consider you my family, too.

For the multitude of fan requests, Get Well cards can be sent to Broc Tickle at P.O. Box 100, Holly, MI 48442.
Photo Credit: Jessica Tickle

The 450 Main saw RCH Soaring Eagle ready to fly… until he had his wings clipped at the start. Josh was back in 14th place and having to fight traffic for the first three laps of the 20-lap main event. Then he began another of his patented charges through the pack. He was up to 11th by lap 5, and into the top 10 by lap 8. Despite a collision with privateer Weston Peick, he continued to charge all the way to the end. Hill was 9th with 6 laps to go and then on the last lap picked up two more positions!

“I’m not that happy with 7th,” said Hill. “Coming from the back of the pack is getting really old. If I get my starts where they need to be, I really feel like I can be a contender.” However the team is happy with the progress Hill has made and three consecutive Top 10 finishes in a row.

“Good ride for Josh tonight,” said team principal Carey Hart who was  on hand with his wife singer Pink to support Hill. “He made big gains throughout the day and rode to a solid  7th place finish.

By virtue of his 7th place finish at the Edward Jones Dome, Josh Hill jumps up into 11th overall in the points standings with four races left in the season.  Injuries suffered earlier in the season have had Hill trying to play catch-up all season long. Despite not being able to race, Broc Tickle still holds onto 8th place in the standings.

Between having Pink and the Suzuki Holeshot experience going on, the RCH Racing Soaring Eagle Team pits were rocking. Fans were drinking in the energy of a real rock star in addition to having a chance to win an all-expenses-paid four-day/three-night get away to Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort. The party in the pits at any Monster Energy Supercross makes the RCH Racing Soaring Eagle
Photo Credit: RCH Social Media

With St. Louis in the rearview mirror, it is time for the RCH Racing Soaring Eagle team to head to Houston. Everything is bigger in Texas, including the expectations for the RCH Racing Soaring Eagle Team on April 5th at Reliant Stadium.


About RCH Racing Soaring Eagle:
RCH Racing is in its second season of the partnership between Ricky Carmichael and Carey Hart to campaign the Feld Motor Sports® 2014 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship season. Ricky Carmichael merged his Suzuki relationship and technical development with the established five year marketing giant of Hart & Huntington Racing in 2013. The RCH Racing Soaring Eagle Team continues its partnerships with Suzuki, Fox, Dodge, Sycuan Casino, Yoshimura and Bel-Ray. Stay up to date on all RCH Racing Soaring Eagle news, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @RCHRacing and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hartandhuntington.

For additional information contact Justyn Amstutz at Justyn@NFC-Mgmt.com

RCH Soaring Eagle Team Hops The Border 

Like the legendary Jason and his crew of Argonauts from Greek mythology, Team RCH Racing Soaring Eagle set sail for parts unknown… well, at least venturing outside the continental United States as the AMA Supercross went to Toronto, Canada this week. The Rogers Centre, home to the Canadian Football League Argonauts, proved to be quite an adventure for the team. On a night that James Stewart passed RCH team principal Ricky Carmichael for 2nd on the all-time SX win list with 49 victories, the deceptively tough track played havoc with every racer attempting to chart a course for the podium, including a detour for team leader Broc Tickle.

Things quickly went south north of the border for RCH Soaring Eagle Supercross team rider Tickle. A crash in practice had Tickle taking a trip to explore a Canadian hospital instead of attempting to make the podium. Josh Hill was left as the lone rider to fly the colors in Canada. Actually, things were looking good for the RCH Soaring Eagle rider leading up to the race, literally. In a harbinger of things to come for #75 Hill, he was picked as the lead wallpaper image from leading moto lifestyle magazine Racer X as the Simon Cudby photo was e-blasted around the world for free downloads. If you missed it, check out this shot of the Team RCH Soaring Eagle rider at the Detroit SX (coincidentally sponsored by Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort):
Photo Credit: Simon Cudby



Photo Credit: Simon Cudby

“Stop looking like a turkey. Grab a Suzuki and some Shift MX gear and be a #soaringeagle,” the likable kid from Oregon Tweeted before the heat races. However, things got serious for Hill when Tickle went down. Another solid top 10 qualifying session saw Hill positioned where he wanted to be in Heat race #2, however he was squaring off against the fastest qualifiers, headed by fellow Suzuki rider James Stewart (who set a blazingly fast 49 second lap time). A 7th place start had Hill battling with five other riders for the 4th place transfer position (top four transfer straight to the Main, the rest have to ride the Semis). Despite getting past Andrew Short for 6th on the last lap, Hill was sent to the Semi.

Garnering some more media attention, Josh lined up on the inside line for the first Semi race, right in front of the Fox Sports TV camera. A great start had Hill second just behind Suzuki-mounted holeshot artist Mike Alessi. The two quickly outpaced the field and easily made the Main event as 5 riders made the main from the 5-lap Semi. “It’s all about the starts,” said Hill. “I have the speed to run with the leaders and proved it in the Semi.”
Photo Credit: Simon Cudby

The 450 Main saw the lone RCH Soaring Eagle Suzuki Team rider ready to fly the team colors in Canada. A tough start left Hill well outside the top 10, but he kept his head in the game. With five laps left of the 20 lap main event, Josh cracked 10th place and then quickly reeled in 9th, however there just wasn’t enough time as James Stewart snagged the Golden Fleece… um, Supercross win in Toronto. “I know what I need to do… I guarantee we will be working on starts all this week headed into St. Louis,” said Hill after the Main.

Despite his crash and having to sit out the Canadian round, Tickle hangs onto 8th for the rider point standings. By virtue of his 9th place finish at the Rogers Centre, Josh Hill moves up into 12th overall with five races left in the season as he continues to make up for time lost due to injuries earlier in the season.
Of course the RCH Racing Soaring Eagle Team pits were still the center of attention during the pre-race festivities, even in Canada. “Fans can always check out the RCH Racing pit activation at any race for a chance to win an all-expenses-paid four-day/three-night get away to Soaring Eagle Resort,” stated Raul Venegas, director marketing entertainment for Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort. “Partnering with Monster Energy Supercross gives us an exciting platform for fans to learn more about our luxury resort.”
Photo Credit: Simon Cudby

Charting a course out of Canada, the RCH Racing Soaring Eagle team heads south to the “Show Me” State. See the RCH Racing Soaring Eagle Team flying high at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis for Round 13 on March 29.

About RCH Racing Soaring Eagle:
RCH Racing is in its second season of the partnership between Ricky Carmichael and Carey Hart to campaign the Feld Motor Sports® 2014 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship season. Ricky Carmichael merged his Suzuki relationship and technical development with the established five year marketing giant of Hart & Huntington Racing in 2013. The RCH Racing Soaring Eagle Team continues its partnerships with Suzuki, Fox, Dodge, Sycuan Casino, Yoshimura and Bel-Ray. Stay up to date on all RCH Racing Soaring Eagle news, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @RCHRacing and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hartandhuntington.

For additional information contact Justyn Amstutz at Justyn@NFC-Mgmt.com

RCH Soaring Eagle Has Homefield Advantage In Daytona

Daytona Beach, FL (March 11, 2014) – The Daytona Supercross round was held on a home field for the RCH Soaring Eagle Supercross Team, literally. Team principal Ricky Carmichael built the track and hosted his Amateur SX Championship on the track held in the infield of the “World Center Of Racing” Daytona International Speedway. Broc Tickle #20 and Josh Hill #75 headed south immediately following their season-best showing at the Indy SX last weekend looking forward to building on the momentum in Florida.

Rainy weather during the week saw the team testing mud tires and wet weather set-ups at Carmichael’s compound on Monday and Tuesday just in case Daytona turned out to be a mudder. However race day dawned warm and dry, perfect conditions. The personal instruction from the Greatest Of All Time (as RC is known in racing circles) really paid off for Josh Hill as he qualified 7th overall, just a hairsbreadth off the fastest qualifier of the day, Dean Wilson. Teammate Tickle also posted a top-20 time in afternoon qualifying (top 40 fastest make it into the evening racing program, the rest park their bikes and head to the grandstands).

Heat #1 on the hybrid outdoor national/indoor Supercross track that is uniquely Daytona saw Tickle take a terrible start, but by lap #2, he had moved into 7th and even drew some TV time from Fox Sports live broadcast as he battled with Justin Brayton. speaking of TV time, the evening broadcast began with Carmichael taking his RCH Soaring Eagle Suzuki on a lap around the tough track… how often do you get a tour of the race track from the saddle of the guy who built it? “Things started out really rough for me and I struggled with qualifying and the Heat,” Tickle. Brayton never “let Broc bye” so Tickle was headed to the Semis.

Heat #2 was Hill’s turn to finish in 7th and move to the Semis as well. Hill grabbed a great start in 5th, just one position out of qualifying and battling with James Stewart’s younger brother, Malcolm most of the race as they chased Andrew Short for the final qualifying position. This was the first time the Stewart brother’s ever raced 450s together, so the human interest angle was there when “Mookie” qualified, but that meant Hill had to head to the Semi.

Consisting of 16 riders battling for 5 laps to see the top 5 advance to the main, 450 Semi #2 saw both Soaring Eagle Suzuki’s squaring off against each other as Tickle had the #3 gate pick and Hill had the #4 slot. “We had a chance to test and prepare for this and I thought we had a couple of great days,” Carmichael told the TV viewing audience from the Fox broadcast booth. “Josh is riding good but Broc is off the mark today… which is weird to me since Broc has had a great couple of weeks the last couple of Supercross rounds.” Both RCH riders had the TV cameras focused on them at the line for the start of Semi #2 as RC was talking and then during the course of the Semi… great plugs for sponsors Shift and Fox as well as Soaring Eagle and Sycuan. Speaking of sponsors, Soaring Eagle even featured the team in a TV ad that aired just before the start of the 250cc Main event.

Both riders got a good jump on the start as Hill was 6th and Tickle 7th, however Hill went on an immediate charge, slashing his way to 3rd with the first few turns. By the start of the second lap, Tickle starts riding more fluidly and moves into 4th. “He was mad at himself after qualifying… I tried to help him and give him as much advice as I good,” said Carmichael of Tickle. Some of what RC had to say must have sunk in as Tickle ripped off some of the fastest laps of the heat races. Although he couldn’t quite catch his hard-charging teammate Hill, Tickle finished 4th and Hill had 3rd to easily transfer to the Main event. “Great turn-around for RCH Racing’s Broc Tickle… nice, bud,” offered an elated Carmichael.

The 450 Main was a mixed bag for the RCH Soaring Eagle Suzuki Team as Tickle took one step closer to SX glory and Hill took a tumble. Tickle finished a career best fourth place on the 450, while Hill had a Main event he would rather not talk about. “Crashes and run ins with tuff blocks hampered my night,” said Hill. “I rode great, but the black cloud just seemed to follow me to Daytona. Looking forward to Detroit were I want to put the Soaring Eagle Suzuki on the box in front of our great sponsors.”

“The track was brutal,” added Tickle. “It was really demanding and I knew the Main was going to be about being consistent and hitting your marks. I started around 10th on the first lap, but I rode my lines and passed a couple of people early to get into 7th. When Malcolm Stewart and Justin Barcia came together and went down, I went up into 5th”!

Fast qualifier Dean Wilson was struggling toward the end, so Tickle took another spot with three laps to go to finish in 4th overall for the night. “I’m super pumped! The team worked awesome together today and I got more comfortable for the Main,” he explained. “I’m looking forward to this week and next weekend in Detroit.”

Co-owner Carey Hart was stoked to see Tickle turn it around. “Awesome work tonight by Broc Tickle and the whole RCH Racing crew! Thanks everyone!” RC added, “I’m really impressed with the turn-around Broc had and how he rebounded from what had not been a very good day. I’m happy for him and the team… everyone’s hard work has paid off the past three weeks.”

The RCH Racing Soaring Eagle Team pits were also featured in the TV broadcast from Daytona this week. A huge Bike Week crowd saw the action at the Suzuki Holeshot Experience proving to be very popular. The team probably signed more autographs in Daytona than they have at the last three races combined! Vacationeers also appreciated the opportunity to win an all-expense paid trip to the Soaring Eagle Luxury Resort. Sierra Merchant was swamped with people signing up for the Soaring Eagle trip. From the beach to the Motor City, next week the RCH Racing Soaring Eagle team heads back indoors to Ford Field in Detroit for Round 11 on March 15.

Photo Cred: Simon Cudby

About RCH Racing Soaring Eagle:
RCH Racing is in its second season of the partnership between Ricky Carmichael and Carey Hart to campaign the Feld Motor Sports® 2014 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship season. Ricky Carmichael merged his Suzuki relationship and technical development with the established five year marketing giant of Hart & Huntington Racing in 2013. The RCH Racing Soaring Eagle Team continues its partnerships with Suzuki, Fox, Dodge, Sycuan Casino, Yoshimura and Bel-Ray. Stay up to date on all RCH Racing Soaring Eagle news, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @RCHRacing and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hartandhuntington.

Josh Hill & Josh Hansen Raw SX Practice Video

Last week at the Suzuki SX test track near Corona, Twitch This Films caught up with Josh Hill & DBK rider Josh Hansen while they did some motos on the Supercross track. No music, just bikes & both Josh’s tearing up the track..Enjoy!

Filmed & Edited by J.Sanders

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Ricky Carmichael Joining Forces with Carey Hart

On Saturday morning at Monster Energy Cup, RCH Racing announced the joining forces of Carey Hart’s Dodge/Sycuan Casino Racing team with Ricky Carmichael and factory support from Suzuki and Yoshimura research and development, as well as the signing of Broc Tickle to ride the 2013 RM-Z450.

Team Owner, Carey Hart, knows the partnership with Ricky Carmichael and Suzuki was the next step in growing his race program that started out as an idea on a napkin in 2007. “This is a really exciting time to be teaming up with Ricky. His resume speaks volumes and his ability to work with riders and build champions is priceless. Ricky was the pivotal piece to bringing Suzuki to our team and now that we have a long term relationship with them on a factory level I feel that we have all of the pieces to go out and win a championship. I think with Ricky working close with Broc during pre-season and throughout the course of the season will help boost Broc’s confidence and bring him up to the next level. Broc already has a ton of talent and he knows how to win championships. We are ready to be on the podium and winning races.”

Ricky, who will be leading the team’s rider development and motorcycle testing, research, and development, is looking forward to sharing lessons learned in his professional career now with RCH Racing. “I’m really excited about this partnership. Carey being successful as an athlete and as a business person has built a great foundation here in the sport and with myself being able to bring the Suzuki program over to the team really solidifies the deal and makes the team complete. We are looking forward to many good years. 2013 will be a building year and in 2014 I think we will be in contention for wins and a championship. Broc finished on the podium several times at the end of this past season and is a former Lites Champion so he knows what it takes to win races and championships. I think he is a diamond in the rough and with a little bit of guidance from myself and support from Suzuki I think we will be able to run top 5 each weekend and score some podium finishes.”

For Broc Tickle, the switch to RCH Racing was a great move for him. “Having Ricky part of the program and his knowledge from being the champion he is and his history with Suzuki made making the switch an easy decision for me. The factory support from Suzuki and Ricky knowing all there is to know about the bike and working with him at the track and in training makes this a step in the right direction for me. I’m looking forward to being part of RCH Racing and helping the team grow.”

“The sponsors of RCH Racing who have continued their support for the coming year and years to come are the key to continuing to help make this team grow and develop into a championship winning team. The people involved from Carey and Kenny to the mechanics and the behind the scenes crew really make this team what it is and a great team to ride for.”

The support from Yoshimura and Suzuki brings RCH Racing to a new level of competition and gives them the tools they need to build a championship contending team. Don Sakakura, President of Yoshimura Racing, LLC states, “Yoshimura is very excited to be involved as a sponsor of the RCH program. The rich history of industry Icons; Ricky Carmichael and Carey Hart are legendary; Yoshimura is thrilled with this opportunity! We look forward to great success this coming racing season!”

Larry Vandiver from American’ Suzuki Motor Corporation couldn’t be happier on the announcement of the partnership. “We are pleased to partner our champion approved RM-Z motorcycles with RCH Racing. We look forward to a long partnership that will raise the bar on racing and bring new fans to the sport.”

Look for the Dodge/Sycuan Casino/Suzuki RCH Racing team to make the debut at Round 1 of Monster Energy Supercross in Anaheim, CA on January 5, 2013.

H&H Go All in for Supercross Finals in Vegas; IRM Ep. #4

Carey Hart brings us behind the scenes of Hart and Huntington’s blowout Supercross finals weekend in Vegas. From autograph signings to freestyle demos to a down and dirty punk rock show featuring legendary T.S.O.L., and finally wrapping it all up at the Monster Energy Supercross awards where HandH is presented the Innovation Award for the 2012 season. Sin CIty is the birth place of Hart and Huntington and they always end it with a bang in their home town! Everyone’s here to celebrate: Carey, the whole HandH team, Travis Pastrana, and P!nk.

Supercross Team Autograph Signings this weekend in Las Vegas

Dodge/Sycuan Casino/Hart and Huntington/Bel-Ray Racing Supercross Team Autograph Signings this weekend in Las Vegas

Chapman Dodge – Thursday, May 3rd feat. Carey Hart, Travis Pastrana, TJ Lavin, and Miss Supercross
Hart and Huntington Tattoo Shop – Friday, May 4th at Hart and Huntington Tattoo Shop

Carlsbad, CA (May 1, 2011) – Join us for two (2) nights of fun and excitement to kick off the Monster Energy Supercross Finale weekend in Las Vegas!!

Come meet the Dodge/Sycuan Casino/Hart and Huntington/Bel-Ray Racing Supercross team this Thursday, May 3rd from 6pm-9pm at Chapman Dodge in Las Vegas. Special guests include Carey Hart, Travis Pastrana, TJ Lavin, and Miss Supercross Dianna Dahlgren; live music by Cash’d Out, a Johnny Cash cover band, and a LivFast freestyle motocross demo on site!

When: Thursday, May 3rd 6pm-9pm
Autograph signing 7:30pm-9pm

Where: Chapman Dodge
3715 East Sahara Avenue
Las Vegas, Nevada 89104
(702) 457-1061

Who: Carey Hart, Ivan Tedesco, Josh Hill, Kyle Partridge, Josh Hansen, Travis Pastrana,
TJ Lavin, Dianna Dahlgren, Cash’d Out, and LivFast

Giveaways: Chapman Dodge is giving away a KLX 110 along with free Hart and Huntington
giveaways, free samples of Monster Energy, and Forgiven, the 1st alcohol metabolizer.

Two nights of free fun to start your weekend off right!!

When: Friday May 4th 7:30pm-8:30pm

Where: Hart and Huntington Tattoo Shop (inside the Hard Rock)

Who: Carey Hart and the Dodge/Sycuan Casino/Hart and Huntington/Bel-Ray racing team

5 minutes with Josh Hill by Racer X

Time changes a lot of things. Just a few years ago Josh Hill was under the factory Yamaha tent (which is now defunct) grabbing his first career SX win. By 2010, he was challenging Ryan Dungey and Ryan Villopoto for the SX Championship. But a gruesome crash while contesting a back-flip for X Games Speed and Style would cost Hill his 2011 season. After spending countless hours in rehabilitation and surgery, the always upbeat Hill was left searching for answers. Would he be able to ride again? Would he ever return to form?

A year later Hill was back on the gate at Anaheim 1 looking to prove he still had what it took to be grouped alongside the likes of Villopoto, Dungey, Reed, Stewart and Canard. But tragedy struck Hill once again. A first turn crash at the opening round (in his first heat race) left Hill sidelined with a broken tibia and heel. After missing the first twelve rounds of the series Hill was set to return in Houston but suffered yet another setback just days before.

Racer X: You were all set to return at Houston, but suffered an arm injury just days before. Take us through what happened.
Josh Hill: Well, it was actually a weird deal. I had just got done doing some motos and was pulling off the track and took my hand off the bar, kind of relaxing my hand, and something got caught on my throttle. I don’t know if it was my glove or my jersey but it just twisted the throttle back and I ended up jumping a jump, with no hands. I ended up crashing with my hand stuck out. At first we thought I just hyperextend my elbow, so I got an X-ray that night and they didn’t see anything wrong. I waited about two weeks to ride again and rode about 20 laps at Milestone to see if I could get through the pain. It wasn’t getting better so I went the doctor and we found out it was broken. I actually broke the radial head in my elbow. I actually just found that out two days ago, so just trying to figure out how long it’s going to be before I can come back.

What was going through your mind after yet another setback?
I have made a lot progress. The way I was riding the day I crashed I was really confident going into Houston. I was going to practice one more day and practice a couple more starts just to make sure I was feeling right. It’s a bummer that I got setback, but it hasn’t got me down or over racing yet.

You were also coming back from a broken tibia, how is that injury coming along?
It’s going good. My foot is doing good. I really wasn’t having any issues with that when I was riding – I was feeling really solid. This little crash I had was really awkward. I was going really slow and the throttle hooked on something and threw me off the bike. I didn’t hurt my leg at all, it was just the way I landed and the way I stuck my hand out, it just messed up my arm. It’s just such a weird deal.

You’ve been through a lot the past few years, but always seem to have an upbeat attitude while going through your toughest times. What gives you the will to keep striving to race and get back to 100 percent?
I just want to race man. All I’ve ever done since I was five was race dirt bikes. I don’t really accept what’s going on. I don’t really think that it’s any indication on how my progress has been getting back on the bike. I just keep having these little setbacks that have cost me time. That’s the way I look at it, and if I keep working hard it will come back.

I’m guessing you’re looking forward to 2013 for a return?
Yeah, pretty much. I’m going to try and see how I’m doing. The break in my arm really isn’t bad at all; it was a real clean fracture. I’m going to get a few more tests to see what’s going on with it, to make sure nothing else is going on with it. The doctors are saying that it shouldn’t be that long of an injury. I’m going to get re-evaluated in two weeks to see where we are at and if it’s healed that will give me a few weeks to get ready and maybe come back for Las Vegas. I definitely feel like I have something to prove, to show that I can still ride a dirt bike. It’s been so long that I’ve actually been in a race; people are starting to forget that.

You’ve had a real supportive team behind you with Hart and Huntington. What has that meant to you having those guys standing behind you after all you’ve been through?
It’s killer. You pretty much just explained it. Those guys have stuck behind me through thick and thin – through this whole deal. I can’t thank them enough. It’s really uplifting to know that someone has the faith in you that you have in yourself. It’s definitely great to have those guys. It gives me motivation to keep trying to comeback for those guys, and for myself. It’s just starting to set in that I might not race again, professionally, until 2013. It’s bumming me out, but it’s one of those things where I just have to get over it. I’m going to try and come back for Las Vegas if everything works out perfect. This summer I think I’m going to go back up to Oregon to start training with my dad again and do everything I can to be fit and ready again for next year.

Have you been in any talks with the team for 2013 yet?
No, not really. My contract is up in 2012 and I feel like we’ll cross that bridge when we get there. Those guys have supported me so much and I just want to keep doing my job that I’m doing for them now.

Looking forward to 2013, do you expect to be 100 percent — including all your previous injuries?
Everyday it makes progress. I’m getting to the point now where my leg doesn’t bog me down nearly as much when I get on the bike. I have feeling in those parts of my foot again. I can feel when the foot is out on my peg and grab my shifts comfortably. It’s coming around and I’m getting stronger. At this point I think a few more months of really hard training and getting some time on the bike over the summer will put me back on track for next year. It’s a bummer to say, because it’s so far to look ahead. I want to be back on the bike and show what I have in me but it just hasn’t been in the cards.

I want to back track to A1. You had done so much to get back to racing and then in the first turn you got hurt again. What was going through your mind at that point?
It’s funny man. I think I wanted to come back so bad that I put the pain out of my mind. I mean, I have broken three bones since January. I ended up breaking my heel in that crash as well as my tibia, we found that out later. I think I want to race so bad that I block out the pain so that I don’t think this stuff is broken when it happens. I just think “Oh, yeah, it just bumps and bruises and I’ll be alright in a couple of weeks.” This last injury I went out and rode with a broken arm because I didn’t think anything was wrong because nothing showed up on the X-rays. Then I went to our team doctor, Dr. G, and it just looked bruised and beat-up. I thought it was just a little sprain in my elbow, so I continued to train like I was getting ready to go race. Then I went riding and it kept hurting and that’s when we found out it was broken.

You’ve been through a lot these past few seasons, but obviously still have a deep passion for racing. With that being said, did the word retirement ever enter your mind?
Yeah, I definitely thought about quitting. But the thing about it is I think I would beat myself up for a while if I didn’t give 100 percent of my effort without coming back and trying. I couldn’t give up now and be satisfied with what’s happened. I feel like I had a lot more to show this year than with what happened. All these things that have happened have been such minor setbacks. It’s not like they have really hurt my physically, it’s just hurt me enough that I can’t get back on my bike and perform like I need to. It literally feels like charlie horses compared to what I’ve been through in the past. I can’t let it get to me and I got to keep looking forward.

So it’s more mental rather than psychical?
Well it’s a little of both. It’s physical because of what I can do on the bike, but it’s mental because of all this time I’ve had to sit on the couch and watch these guys race. But I have to continue to stay positive and keep my eye on the prize.

I think everyone is looking forward to a healthy Josh Hill in 2013.
Yeah in a perfect world I would like to come back and race Vegas and show what I’ve got in me. I know it won’t show a whole lot, but just that I can do it. Then maybe go race Mammoth possibly and then maybe, I’ve I’m feeling really strong, race Washougal if everything works out perfect. I’m just going to keep my nose to the grindstone and just keep working like the season is just around the corner.

Changing gears a bit. Your brother, Justin, is steadily climbing the ranks himself. What has it been like watching him achieve some of the same success you have?
Man, I’m so proud of my little brother. He’s working his butt off. He’s got a really good program going. I think having my dad go through everything with me, getting a taste of what it’s like in the pros, he has a better program than me. He’s probably one of the hardest working kids I’ve seen. He’s dealing with a knee injury right now. Actually, he had surgery today. But I’m really proud of him and I know he will bounce back from this.

You have had a lot of people behind you the past few years. Who you would like to thank?
Yeah, I really got to give it up to the team –Dodge/Hart and Huntington/Sycuan – they have stuck behind me from day one. Also, DC Shoes. They have been behind me this whole time and are a really great sponsor. I also want to thank my family, who has helped me stay strong through all of this. Also my girlfriend, she has been with my everyday and stayed by my side this whole time. I really can’t thank everyone enough.