Josh Hill & Jacob Hayes Hurt In Practice Crashes
This is one of those posts we hate to make. Over the last five days Jacob Hayes and Josh Hill, two riders capable of mixing it up at the front of the pack in the 250 Class in Monster Energy Supercross Series, were taken to the hospital with serious leg injuries. For Hayes it’s a broken femur that required surgery, for Hill it’s a dislocated and fractured hip that has already been reset into place. Although the extent of both rider’s injuries was able to be quickly sorted out and complications have been kept to a minimum, it’s going to keep both of them from lining up for the run of events to conclude the season that is set to start in a few weeks.
From what we were told about the crash that claimed Hayes, he endo’ed while navigating a rhythm section on State Fair MX’s Supercross track and was unable to get away from the bike, which caused the big bone to break near knee brace and come out of the skin. In addition to the femur, Hayes shattered his knee caps and fractured his wrist, which will require a set of surgeries and lengthy recovery time.
Hill said that he got out of sorts while skimming a whoop section on the Supercross track at Club MX and went over the bars. Medics took him from the track to the hospital, where scans revealed a fracture to the hip and doctors put the dislocation back into the place. Despite the injury and ambulance ride, Hill was able to get out of the hospital on crutches last night and drove himself home.
Injuries are always unfortunate, but we really feel for these two guys right now. Hayes is currently ranked sixth in the 250 West Coast championship standings, a career-best for the former Arenacross champion, and was said to be in talks with Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM for a fill-in ride for the Nationals. Hayes is good friends with current TLD KTM rider Brandon Hartranft and the factory team has an opening to fill after what happened to Brian Moreau earlier this year, while the Gas Monkey squad that Hayes is currently signed to is a Supercross-only operation. A solid summer in the saddle of the orange bike could have landed Hayes a full-time spot in 2021, but it could be argued that he’s already done enough to be on the radar of factory teams in the 250 class.
Hill, meanwhile, is on a completely different path with his career. A return to racing with the ClubMX team was just another way for him to use his talents on a motorcycle to have fun and get attention for sponsors (Fox Racing and Monster) between a winter of bar-to-bar battles at snow bike races in the mountains and a summer of free-riding trips. Hill isn’t trying to land a spot on a factory team anymore, but he’s more than capable of being in the mix for good finishes on the small-bore bike and is always good for something notable on race day. Unfortunately, this injury could put a hold on whatever he had planned in the months ahead.
Since both riders scored points in their respective coasts of the 250 class, their absences will open up one more spot on the East Coast and West Coast for the riders that are hopeful to race in Salt Lake City.
Heal up, dudes…