On July 23rd, Josh Hill's quest to land a 75-foot backflip in effort to better his chances for Speed & Style gold came to an end. With X Games 16 no further than one week out, the Factory Yamaha racer decided it was time to take the backflip from the foam pit to dirt at Nate Adams' riding compound in Temecula, Calif. After landing his first flip, albeit sketchy, the (over) confident Hill immediately circled back around and charged the ramp to make it two in a row. Upon take-off Hill's arms blew off the handlebars and the rest is history -- it was his last backflip attempt of the day.
Now nearly five months later, Hill has -- for the most part -- healed from his laundry list of injuries, which include a broken right femur, broken right humerous, a fractured pelvis and a partially collapsed lung. With Yamaha out of the picture and left without a ride for the 2011 Supercross season, Carey Hart's Hart & Huntington race team offered Hill a spot on their ramped-up team (signing on Dodge as the title sponsor for 2011), allowing him a pressure-free home to contest the season while he gets back up to speed.
ESPN FMX caught up with Hill as he was breaking in his new Hart & Huntington Kawasaki KX450F at the DC Moto TF Ride Day at Pala Raceway to discuss his healing progress and his new ride. Check it out.