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Hill vows to come out fighting at Silverstone
26 September 2012
Defending MCE British Superbike champion Tommy Hill is determined to retake the lead in the series at the penultimate round of the Showdown at Silverstone this weekend.
The Swan Yamaha rider has been deposed at the top of the championship by Tyco Suzuki's Josh Brookes and Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki rider Shane Byrne after losing ground at Assen.
Hill is 22 points behind Brookes but has high hopes he can bounce back at the Northamptonshire circuit, where he twice finished on the rostrum last season.
“We had a disappointing start to the Showdown and our title defence but it also shows how quickly the championship can turn around,” he said.
"Last weekend was definitely not what we needed; we need to be winning races.
“As the saying goes it is all for us to gain and everyone else's to lose at Silverstone,” he added.
“Hopefully we can push on and if the others have some bad luck then we can be back up there ready for the three races at Brands Hatch.”
Hill has promised to come out with all guns blazing at Silverstone to strengthen his bid to retain his BSB crown for a second successive campaign.
“We will be coming out at Silverstone to ride at the top of our game; nothing but wins will do from now until the last race of the season.
“We are now on the back foot but it can all change so quickly; we know the job ahead and we won't be giving up yet.”
Hill was involved in a bizarre incident in race one at Assen, when he was knocked off his machine as he returned to the grid following the sighting lap.
It appears as though a mechanic ran into his machine, jamming the brake lever and sending him over the handlebars.
He started the race from pit lane but was later forced to retire his stricken Yamaha.
Hill then finished fourth in race two after being passed by Alex Lowes on the final lap as Brookes seized the championship initiative, finishing as the runner-up in the first race before winning race two.