Hill: I feel we've been robbed

Tommy Hill says he feels 'robbed' to have had a remarkable result on his return to the British Superbike Championship at Mallory Park taken away from him through no fault of his own.

The World Superbike exile was making his first appearance in BSB for almost two years with the Suzuki Worx Crescent team, Hill proving a revelation by topping each free practice session and qualifying second on the grid.

Sticking with the leaders throughout the opening race, Hill was running second with only seven laps remaining, but his hopes of planting a pass on leader Simon Andrews were scuppered when he was caught up in the six bike pile-up at the hairpin.

With Hill off his bike as the red flag came out, he was therefore not eligible to be classified in the results, losing him the opportunity to at least claim a probable podium finish.

“I'm devastated about the race one result. I feel we've been robbed. We've put so much effort in all weekend only for things to turn around like they did and the result to be taken away from us – through no fault of mine, or the team, or any other rider out there except one – it's a lot to accept.”

His race two hopes would go on to be hampered by the arrival of wet weather, which he was yet to experience on the bike.

Nonetheless, he was still able to post a solid eighth place result, concluding an otherwise 'fantastic' weekend.

“That second race, it wasn't the worst result, it wasn't the best. Really, we needed a full session to get a set-up because with the bike being so new we simply don't yet have the data. Even during that race we learnt so much and we had revised settings ready to go for the restart, but it didn't happen.

“This weekend has been fantastic. From the word go we've been right at the front. And yet even when we've been topping the lap charts the team have been trying to improve things. It's a fantastic experience to be with a team that's like this.”

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Tommy Hill - Worx Crescent Suzuki
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Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Luke Mossey, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Peter Hickman, Smiths BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Bridewell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
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James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Alastair Seeley, Tyco BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Lee Jackson, Smiths Racing BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Haslam, Byrne, Mossey, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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Chris Peacock - Unregistered

July 20, 2009 7:18 PM

johnboy, you are clearly an idiot. Tommy Hill was fastest in all but one session, when he was second fastest, was running second in the race, and you reckon he wouldn't have made the top 3??! Were you watching a different race to the rest of us? Kind of a fair one about reading the rules, but to be disqualified by being knocked off isn't exactly great is it? I agree with you about leaving the sport for those who understand what it's about mind... Your cab should be there in 5 minutes. Byeeeeeeee!

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