Tommy Hill is hoping his return to form at Cadwell Park is the perfect prelude to his British Superbike Championship title charge.
Following a string of difficult races, Hill returned to winning ways at Cadwell Park, the Worx Crescent Suzuki rider claiming his first victory since the second round of the season at Thruxton.
While consistency between the two wins meant his inclusion in the title showdown was rarely in doubt, Hill was delighted that he could show his title-winning potential again ahead of the crucial final seven races.
“With only seven races now to determine the championship it's going to be so important to be on the podium in every race. That has to be our plan, but at the same time to be champion you need wins as well as podiums, so you have to be consistent – but not too consistent!
“With what we've got ahead of us, Cadwell Park was the perfect closer to the first part of the season. At Brands Hatch we'd had the worst weekend of the championship for us but fortunately we found the answer to our problems just before that meeting finished and so we were able to bounce back at Cadwell in the strongest possible way.
“The GSX-R1000 is now exactly how I want it, as I've said before, it feels like my bike again. We've got a little more we could yet do to it and our last test was all positive, but really it now comes down to my riding to complete the job. So at Croft I think I'd like 'same again' or just go one better, a double win would certainly go down well!”
Hill is also hoping he will receive some additional assistance from team-mate Yukio Kagayama, who he claims is getting back up to speed again.
“One thing we shouldn't forget, though, is that there can and will still be surprises. As well as the six Title Fighters there are still 24 or more other riders in each race and for some of them they're in a nothing-to-lose situation now, so nothing's clear cut. My team-mate Yukio is likely to be one of those as he's fast regaining his speed and I think we can expect to see him inside the top-six – and that should be a help to me.”