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Hill confident of carrying form into Showdown

The Suzuki rider is hoping he can count on team-mate Yukio Kagayama helping his cause.
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.”


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Tommy Hill - Rizla Suzuki MotoGP [pic credit: Jamie Morris]
Tommy Hill - Worx Crescent Suzuki [pic credit: Jamie Morris]
Tommy Hill - Worx Crescent Suzuki [pic credit: Jamie Morris]
Tommy Hill - Rizla Suzuki MotoGP [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Hill - Worx Crescent Suzuki [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Hill - Worx Crescent Suzuki [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Hawk Racing Suzuki, BSB [Credit: BSB media]
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Tommy Bridewell, Bennetts Suzuki, [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Tommy Bridewell, Bennetts Suzuki, [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Tommy Bridewell, Bennetts Suzuki, [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Tommy Bridewell, Bennetts Suzuki, [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Tommy Bridewell, Bennetts Suzuki, [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Tommy Bridewell, Bennetts Suzuki, [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Tommy Bridewell, Bennetts Suzuki, [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Tommy Bridewell, Bennetts Suzuki, [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Tommy Bridewell, Bennetts Suzuki, [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]

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pp916 - Unregistered

September 09, 2010 9:11 PM

Anybody taken the time to work out what the standings would have been under the 'normal' scoring system? The first 3 riders would have been within a few points of each other (Tommy, Kiyo & Josh) with Rutter at a rightfully respectful distance but still within a shout of a top 3...........remind me, why are we doing this again? Lost interest in who wins the championship under this convoluted system ages ago, now just interested in races/individual race results. Noticed Stuart Higgs squirming on Eurosport at the weekend when obliged to defend it, I just hope they swallow their pride and revert to normal next season!

Richard Mushet

September 09, 2010 10:26 PM

Just look for negative comments about the showdown format on the BSB Facebook group. You won't see any because they delete them all! I quoted part of an interview with Colin Wright in which he basically said 'why bother racing unless you're part of the shootout?' He made a good point about the bosses who'd opposed the new format when it was announced but have mysteriously gone quiet since. They've obviously been told to keep schtum. Anyway, an hour later my comment, along with others, had been deleted. If it weren't for the Supersport and Superstock classes I would stop going to BSB meetings.



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