Hill ready for Swan Yamaha debut

Tommy Hill wants to get his 2011 British Superbike title campaign off to a similar start that of 2010 when he won the season opener.
Tommy Hill heads into the opening round of the 2011 British Superbike Championship looking to replicate the form that saw him score a win and a second place finish at last year's Brands Hatch season opener.

Hill embarks on a new challenge this season after joining Swan Yamaha over the winter, Hill bidding to bounce back from just missing out on the 2010 title by making amends this year.

Fortunes have been mixed during testing, Hill scoring a new lap record at Cartagena last month before losing significant track time at Snetterton a week ago following a crash.

Nonetheless, Hill is confident he can get his 2011 campaign off to a suitably strong start at Brands Hatch once again.

“I just want to get to Brands Hatch now after what has really been six weeks off. We set a new lap record at Cartagena and we felt confident after those tests. It was disappointing for me that I missed out at Snetterton with a crash, but it doesn't take long to get back into it on the Indy circuit.

“Once we have the first day on Good Friday to blow the cobwebs away we just need to be consistent and score some good points. That was the approach I had last season and I came away with a first and second place plus the championship lead so who knows what can happen.

“I just need to push on at my home circuit, get the best results I can for the Swan Yamaha team and then prepare for Oulton Park the following weekend.”

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Tommy Hill, Michael Laverty - Swan Yamaha
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Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

April 21, 2011 8:18 AM

It's quite likely he will sit out Brands due to elbow injured in testing. From interview in this weeks MCN. "I've damaged my radial bone, what the surgeon called a hidden fracture - normally they would put the arm in a cast for a couple of weeks and then a splint, but instead they've drawn off the blood to give me movement and I've got to ice it continually and get the swelling right down. I have to go back this week to get it looked over again."

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