When gates dropped at the fifth round of 2019 Monster Energy Supercross in San Diego, Justin Hill was nowhere to be seen. Why was that? Hill had a fall in the whoops in practice and was advised to visit the hospital by the Alpinestars Mobile Medical crew but, fortunately, no significant damage was sustained. It still remains to be seen when he will return to racing.
"I had a blast in the mud for a few laps, before I hit a hole in the whoops that was hidden under standing water," Hill said in a team statement. "I smashed my rib cage into the handlebars pretty badly, so I went to the Alpinestars Mobile Medical rig to get checked out. Unfortunately, there was a suspected puncture on my spleen that required a trip to a nearby trauma center. Results for my spleen came back negative. It turned out to be cartilage damage on my ribs, so as soon as I can heal up from that I'll be good to go."
Justin Hill currently sits sixteenth in the premier-class standings following five rounds. An eleventh at the third round in Anaheim was a season-best finish. It seems that his status for the sixth round, Minneapolis, is up in the air, as his team manager stated that they are "taking it day-by-day."
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: ConwayMX