In perhaps one of the most unexpected fill-in rides ever, Factory Yamaha announced today that Josh Hill will be filling in for Justin Barcia in Seattle. (And yes, this is a few days after April 1st, so no, it’s not April fools!).

It’s been a few years since we’ve last seen Hill race, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been busy. Hill has preoccupied himself working with Monster Energy, and has raced snowcross and a Canadian arenacross in the last few months alone. Neither his X-Games snowcross appearance nor his northern arenacross races have gone well though, but we will see if Hill can turn it around this weekend in Seattle.

A few things that Hill does have going for him: Seattle is his hometown race, 50% of the 450 field is out injured (a.k.a. easier to qualify), and it’s going to be a mudder. Should be exciting to watch at the very least, but I’m not expecting much from him in terms of results.

Check out his announcement:

Scott Yargeau

I grew up racing motocross in a small town in Canada, and I now work as a mathematician in New York City. Combining my two passions, I'm excited to apply my skills in data analysis to the sport to produce stats-based race reports and projections.

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