Tommy Hill gave himself a significant confidence boost ahead of the inaugural British Superbike title shootout as he swept to his first race victory in four months at Cadwell Park.
While consistency has ensured that Hill has always either led or been in close contention for the championship lead this season, he has not won a race since the second round at Thruxton.
Since then, HM Plant Honda duo Josh Brookes and Ryuichi Kiyonari have arguably shown greater raw race pace, but Hill would go on to prove equally capable around Cadwell Park this time around.
Winning the first race and finishing on the tail of Brookes in the second, the Worx Crescent Suzuki rider now heads into the final three rounds with an equalised score of 525 points – the same as Kiyonari and one up on Brookes.
"What a fantastic weekend! In that first race I just felt really, really good, I could have made the jump earlier but I was interested to sit behind Josh to see what he was doing. In the second race the pace was so fast, something like two-seconds faster than it was last year, and maybe it was that or maybe there was small issue with the rear tyre but I had a little bit of chatter to deal with.
“I still felt comfortable and while Josh had passed me when I made a small mistake on the Mountain I felt comfortable and was setting up to re-pass him when the red flags came out.
"In all I feel overjoyed. We get to leave here having effectively won the first part of the season and having beaten the HM Plant team in their own back yard – that's kind of a bonus. But now its crunch time and to be going into this vital part of the season with a joint points lead is a great position to be in."