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April 14, 2014

Hometown Podium for Justin Hill Highlights Solid Seattle Effort for Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki

CORONA, Calif., – The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki duo of Justin Hill and Dean Wilson enjoyed a solid outing at the second-to-last round of the Monster Energy Supercross 250SX West Region last Saturday in Seattle. The pair put themselves at the forefront of the division throughout the afternoon and into the evening, establishing themselves as formidable challengers for victory inside CenturyLink Field.
With nothing but clear skies all day long, conditions were ideal for a great night of racing on a track that tested every riders’ ability. For Hill, the event signified his first opportunity to compete in front of his home Pacific Northwest crowd and he capped things off with a third-place finish. Wilson complemented his teammate’s efforts with a resilient ride that left him just off the podium in fourth.

Hill in the Hunt
With extra attention coming from his anticipated return home, Hill embraced the love from the Pacific Northwest crowd and used it to his advantage throughout the day in Seattle. The sophomore rider found his groove on the technical layout inside CenturyLink Field and ended up with the sixth-fastest lap of practice. When the night show began, Hill asserted himself up front and cruised to an easy heat race win, giving him considerable optimism heading into the main event.
Hill carried the momentum from his triumphant heat race into the main event by grabbing a strong start and putting himself in podium position from the get go. He moved into the runner-up spot on Lap 4 and kept his Kawasaki KX250F there for several laps, keeping the leader in sight. On Lap 8, Hill engaged in a thrilling battle for second that would last the remainder of the main event and continuously brought the Seattle crowd to its feet. In the end, his impressive third-place effort was his third podium finish of what has been a breakout season for Hill.
“I don’t know if I could have asked for a better night,” said Hill. “It’d be awesome to be one or two positions better, but I had a lot of fun racing out there. The track was tough and I had a great battle. It was the kind of race that makes having this opportunity with Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki so rewarding. I could hear the crowd cheering me on the entire time and I’m pumped I was able to get on the box for everyone here supporting me.”
Hill’s podium moved him into third in the West Region standings, one point ahead of his teammate. He and Wilson will battle it out for the final spot on the championship podium at the final round of the season.

Wilson Fights Back
Even though a banged up shoulder forced Wilson to sit idle in the days leading up to Seattle, the Scottish rider came into CenturyLink Field in search of victory after nearly earning his second of the season one week prior. Wilson’s speed was on display as soon as the bikes hit the track and he ultimately emerged as the fastest rider of the afternoon by sitting atop the charts. He continued to lay down the gauntlet in his heat race, capturing a thrilling win despite a crash in the closing laps.
Wilson’s heat race incident left him a little sore for the main event, but he showed no signs of it when he raced to the holeshot and settled into second in the opening laps. His pace allowed him to put pressure on the lead, but as he attempted to put himself in position to make a pass on the leader on Lap 4 his front end washed out and sent his Kawasaki KX250F to the ground. Wilson quickly remounted, losing just three spots, and set his sights on gaining the ground he lost. He was consistent through the remainder of the race, moving into fourth on Lap 12 and carrying it through to the finish just behind his teammate.
“I just pushed it a little too hard going for the lead and lost my front end. That’s the risk you take sometimes,” said Wilson. “I knew I was faster and wanted to make a move early because everyone was riding so well, but the track had some really deep ruts and that’s what got me. Fortunately I was able to recover quickly, but I gave up a lot of ground to the guys out front. The track broke down so much that it was hard to gain a lot of ground on someone, so I made the pass for fourth and just rode smart until the finish. I think a win was within reach, but we’ll regroup and come out swinging in Vegas.”
Wilson sits fourth in the West Region standings, with third place on the line alongside Hill as the team prepares for the ninth and final stop of the championship in three weeks.

Looking Ahead >>
Las Vegas Finale and 250SX Shootout

A captivating West Region season that has seen both Hill and Wilson emerge victorious will come to a dramatic conclusion on May 3 from Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium. The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki duo will go head-to-head in their battle for third in the final championship standings before returning to the track for the final time in 2014 with the annual East/West Shootout. Hill and Wilson will join their East Region counterparts Martin Davalos and Blake Baggett in a showdown to determine which 250SX rider stands above the rest. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki has 10 regional championship wins at Las Vegas in addition to four victories in the shootout.


Round 8: 
CenturyLink Field – 250SX West Region

1. Cole Seely
2. Jason Anderson
3. Justin Hill
4. Dean Wilson

DNS Darryn Durham


250SX West Region
1. Jason Anderson – 178 points
2. Cole Seely – 170 points
3. Justin Hill – 139 points
4. Dean Wilson – 138 points

20. Darryn Durham – 21 points


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