Hill shrugs off injury for BSB victory

The Swan Yamaha rider battles hard to score a win and a podium finish at Brands Hatch.
Tommy Hill got his and Swan Yamaha's 2011 MCE British Superbike season off to a superb start with a win and a second place finish at Brands Hatch, despite nursing an elbow injury.

A hard day of racing for Hill, he recovered from his off in race one, when he was forced into the gravel avoiding his crashing team-mate Michael Laverty, with a charging ride to second position behind Shane Byrne.

He then prevailed in a thrilling battle with Byrne and Ryuichi Kiyonari for victory in race two, a maiden victory for Shaun Muir Racing with the Yamaha R1.

Coming a week after he injured his elbow in an accident during testing at Snetterton, Hill was delighted with his results and is now looking towards a repeat performance at Oulton Park in a week's time.

“Last week I was concerned about my elbow and I had a lot of treatment throughout the week to be ready which has paid off. It is fantastic to be leading the championship but it is only round one and it is early days still.

“The bike has been working well and we couldn't have asked for a better start today. We are now looking forward to Oulton Park and getting the bike to work around what is a completely different track. Hopefully we can get there and come away with a very similar result."

Hill achieved identical results at Brands Hatch twelve months ago, albeit riding the Worx Crescent Suzuki.

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rubbish - Unregistered

April 26, 2011 3:37 PM

Your speaking rubbish. Hill crashed twice 3 time last year and 1 was because if break failure. You say hill couldn't drop shaky. There was no way shakey was going to pass hill other than lunging. And in first race hill came from 13th almost 10 seconds back to finish just over a second behind shakey and none of them 12 riders were knocked off that he passed. So carry and spout your sihte. Unlucky for laverty and kiyo.

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