Hill increases BSB advantage

Second and third places for Tommy Hill in Monday's Oulton Park round means the Worx Crescent Suzuki rider has extended his MCE British Superbike advantage to 51 points.

Hill finished a fraction behind Swan Honda's Stuart Easton in race one, then more than took back the points he had lost to the Scotsman with third place in the slippery second race.

"I'm feeling really good, really chuffed with this result,” said Hill. “The second race was a real test in iffy conditions. There was a rush to get the adjustments made, changing the gearing, wanting to change the suspension, it was all very last minute.

“I spent a bit of time getting a feel for the conditions and where the bike felt good. I didn't know where Josh [Brookes] or Stuart were so it was a pleasant surprise when I came in to find I had those extra points over them. In all a consistent weekend, and I'm happy with that!"

While Hill claimed 2-3 finishes, nearest championship rivals Easton and Brookes recorded 1-DNF and 6-8 results.

"I'm very pleased with Tommy's performance this weekend,” said team manager Jack Valentine. “In both races he rode intelligently, not making a pass in that first race when it would have been risky and then playing himself in carefully in the second, taking no chances, but working hard and taking yet another valuable podium.

Meanwhile, Hill's team-mate Yukio Kagayama was unfortunately the victim of a race one accident that also left him unable to take part in race two.

“Unfortunately I didn't make the best start in that first race,” recalled the Japanese veteran. “Then as I was turning into Island Bend I was hit from behind and crashed. The crash wasn't a very comfortable experience and while I was winded at first I'm still very sore now. No injury is good, but I'm optimistic that I'll be well enough for the next round at Cadwell Park in three weeks time."

An x-ray revealed a compression to his T7 vertebrae and Kagayama will now undergo a CT scan to get the fullest detail on his injury.

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Tommy Hill, Worx Crescent Suzuki, Thruxton, 2010 British Superbike Championship [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
Tommy Hill - Worx Crescent Suzuki [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Hill, Worx Crescent Suzuki, Thruxton, 2010 British Superbike Championship [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
Tommy Hill - Worx Crescent Suzuki [pic credit: Neil Bury]
Tommy Hill - Worx Crescent Suzuki [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
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]
Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
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]

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Phil - Unregistered

May 04, 2010 10:01 AM

I too, like, many others am not a fan of these rules. If someone runs away with the c/ship, as Camier did last year, it is because the rider/team are doing a good job and it is up to the other teams to improve. The racing was still good, despite Camier having a big lead in the c/ship. We will have to wait until later in the year to see how things pan out, i just hope the right person wins!

Muppet Control - Unregistered

May 04, 2010 9:29 AM

This is the first sign of the new rules not working for the fans. He knows that however far he is ahead towards the end of the year it won't be worth a carrot as championship table will be pretty much clean-slated, so where was his incentive to push tat bit harder.....exactly, there wasn't one. Stuart Higgs, hang your head in shame. You've had some good ideas such as Race 2 grid slots from lap times tut this scoring system is one step too far. I just hope you Mickey Mouse system doesn't prevent the real champion (whoever that may be) from actually lifting the crown.

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