Justin Hill to race 450 Class at select Pro Motocross rounds

By Shawn Smith

June 6, 2018

The dominoes continue to fall today at Autotrader/Yoshimura Suzuki. Hours after it was announced that Phil Nicoletti was moving over to Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing to fill in there for the remainder of the season, the Suzuki squad announced a series of news involving Justin Hill, Enzo Lopes and Jimmy Decotis.

First off, Justin Hill will have the opportunity to race "select rounds" of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross in the 450 Class this summer as he prepares for a full-time move up to the premier class in 2019.

"It’s really cool that the Autotrader/Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing Team is giving me this chance," Hill said in a team statement. "This is something J-Bone [Jeremy Albrecht] and I talked about before the start of the Nationals. I’m stoked to see what the 450 Class is all about before I make the full-time jump up next year. I had a lot of fun racing a few 450 supercross rounds. The goal is to learn, and I’m excited for the opportunity."

Justin Hill's time in the 250 Class could be finished. (Photo: Rich Shepherd)

After winning a 250 Class regional supercross title in 2017, Hill was not off to a great start outdoors this year. Through six motos, his best finish is just 11th, and he currently sits 13th in 250MX points.

Hill will race the 450 Class starting next weekend at High Point. According to the team, he'll be evaluated after several rounds, at which time a decision will be made whether to have him contest the remaining rounds aboard a 450.

With Hill bumping up to the big bike, Brazilian rookie Enzo Lopes will stick around on a 250 for the remainder of the year. Lopes had originally just been signed as a fill-in for Jimmy Decotis but will now have a chance to finish out the season.

Enzo Lopes is just three races into his professional career. (Photo: Rich Shepherd)

Lopes is currently 16th in 250MX points but is coming off his best race of the season at Thunder Valley (12-14 for 13th overall).

And finally, a return date has been set for Decotis, who has been recovering from a back injury. The team says he will return June 23 for Round 5 at Muddy Creek.