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Hill misses win but stays in contention

Tommy Hill has a mere eight points to make up on John Hopkins heading into the final three races at Brands Hatch.
Tommy Hill is still very much in positive contention for the 2011 MCE British Superbike Championship title, despite missing out on a much-desired victory at Silverstone.

Having ceded the lead of the BSB standings to John Hopkins at Donington Park, Hill was looking to overhaul his rival again at Silverstone, but a run to second and third would see him lose a further five points.

Nonetheless, Hill remains just eight points off his Samsung Crescent Suzuki rival heading to the final three races at Brands Hatch, where the Swan Yamaha man was a race winner earlier this year.

"We have left Silverstone second in the standings and still ready for the title fight at Brands Hatch. I was feeling frustrated with third place in the first race; it wasn't a bad result in terms of a podium finish and consistency is important but not when a certain American is winning races ahead of us. I really thought we could challenge for the win and we did pull them in towards the end after they had got a bit of a gap.

“We obviously wanted more in race two and again I had mixed emotions for that race as I was pleased that I had John (Hopkins) behind me for the championship, but also I want to win badly for myself and the Swan Yamaha team. We had a few issues with set up this weekend and I did struggle with grip but I knew I just had to push on because every point counts.

“Josh (Brookes) came past me and I wanted to have a go but the championship tapped me on the back of my head and I knew that the points would be critical coming in to Brands Hatch and the last three races.”



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Tommy Hill - Swan Yamaha [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
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Tommy Hill - Swan Yamaha [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Hill - Swan Yamaha [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Hill, Chris Walker, Danny Buchan
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Tommy Bridewell Milwaukee Yamaha - ihphotography.net
Josh Brookes Milwaukee Yamaha - ihphotography.net
Josh Brookes Milwaukee Yamaha - ihphotography.net
John Hopkins Tyco Suzuki - ihphotography.net
Josh Waters on the Tyco Suzuki at Silverstone
Quattro Plant Kawasaki`s Dan Linfoot at Silverstone
Ryuichi Kiyonari leads Shane Byrne and Josh Brookes at Silverstone
Shane Byrne on the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki at Silverstone
Stuart Easton Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki - ihphotography.net
Shane Byrne Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki - ihphotography.net

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