TeamHavocRacing wrote:I'm just defending a family friend that gets every second guess from bench racers through to the much heralded moto media all the way up to that palooka Peick who acts like he knows Monte. With that said Peter, what's your realistic take on Hill?
It is quite obvious he has the natural talent and speed to win and has shown it on both the 250 and 450.
I just feel the trend with racers since the RC era is push to an unhealthy level to be the best for a short period. Look at how young people are retiring at now. I know there are many other reasons such as bikes causing careers to shorten due to injury but overall, it is a very sharp curve recently and to me it seems to be from the constant grind..
I know it is unoriginal but to me Justin's situation is similar to his brothers in 2010. Something clicked for him, he got in really good shape and was an animal, nobody expected him to be battling for wins and a top 5 guy consistently. If somebody told you that Josh would finish the season regarded at a similar speed to James and the other top 5 guys you would have been looked at as crazy.
I don't know Justin personally so I can't exactly say why but you can see throughout his results he does good then will have an injury. I can't say whether or not it is a crash that he could have avoided or strictly confidence based but all it could take for him is an approach similar to Kenny. Go out there, do your best without pushing too far and build the confidence.
I don't want to say he isn't committed as that wouldn't be correct and a shallow observation. From the outside looking in it seems he enjoys other activities alongside moto and people want to hang their hat on that alone as a reason. Maybe he is just too public with these things causing the hate.
Hopefully the JGR situation will motivate Justin to prove the haters wrong. At the end of the day you can tell the ability is there, it just seems he's that half a tick off. Being confident and motivated with a good off season going into SX could be all that is needed similar to Cooper last season.