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Mixed emotions for race winner Hill
28 May 2012
Swan Yamaha's Tommy Hill experienced mixed emotions at Snetterton after his victory in race one was tempered by a DNF in the second race.
Hill, who became the first rider to win two races in the MCE British Superbike Championship this season, was forced out of race two with an engine overheating issue on his YZF-R1.
He battled through from third position in race one to pass both Michael Laverty and Josh Brookes before edging ahead to cement victory, even though his Yamaha was beginning to overheat.
“There were six different winners from the first six races so to be the first one to win two is a good feeling,” he said.
“The new rules without the traction control mean you have to ride harder but at the same time you don't want to push too hard although you know the other guys will be pushing hard too.
“I knew it would be tough, especially towards the end of the race,” added the reigning British champion.
“When Josh came passed me I was worried that there might be a pack waiting to do the same. I had an issue with water coming up in my face during the race but we got through it.”
Hill, though, admitted he was 'gutted' after missing out on the chance to challenge for another win in race two.
“In the second race I had the same issue and I managed to get close to Michael (Laverty) and then I just had to pull in,” he said.
“It is so frustrating as we had made some good changes between races and I think we could have had a good race so I do feel pretty gutted.
“I suppose that is because it is my passion and I really wanted a double podium today.
“It has been a weekend of ups and downs; race one was fantastic and now we will regroup and prepare for Knockhill where the Swan Yamaha team will come out fighting.”