BSB Rider of the Year vote: 2nd

You vote Tommy Hill second in's BSB Rider of the Year poll.
Top 10 BSB Rider of the Year 2011:
2. Tommy Hill

Nationality: British
Team: Swan Racing
Bike: Yamaha YZF-R1
Wins: 7
Podiums: 16
Championship points: 647 (Showdown)
Championship position: 1st

To win the British Superbike Championship is an immense achievement, but to win by a matter on centimetres has put Tommy Hill in the history books…

Few will forget the dramatic last lap tussle that took the 2011 MCE British Superbike Championship to the wire - almost literally -, but it was the final act of an entertaining title fight that, for Hill especially, came after a series of twists and turns.

Having come close in 2010 on a Suzuki, Hill was targeting glory aboard the Swan Yamaha in 2011 and initial signs in testing suggested he was destined to be a title contender. However, a shoulder injury in the second round at Oulton Park threatened to derail those hopes, Hill having to place his faith in the 'Showdown' points' system to get him back into the title challenge as he spent three events in recovery.

Fortunately for him, a burst of excellent mid-season form would revive Hill's hopes, easing him into the 'Showdown' and putting him almost on a par with Shane Byrne and Hopkins even before the points were equalised.

Of course, the following six races were the prelude to that final race, and Hill – who didn't win any of the Showdown events - can perhaps count himself lucky that mechanical gremlins on Hopkins's part were probably the most determining factor in his title win, but it's worth noting that, with seven race victories in total, Hill was the 'winningest' BSB rider of 2011.

Naturally, the result was heart-breaking for Hopkins, but Hill was by no means a less popular winner. Indeed, it's easy to forget that the 26-year-old has had his own career ups and downs, including injuries, illnesses and truncated attempts on the world stage. With this in mind, his BSB title win is a just reward for the determination he has shown over the years.

Indeed, having come on a long way since his ill-fated part-season with Althea Honda in the World Superbike Championship, it would be good to see Hill competing on the international stage again in 2012 – not least to renew his rivalry with Hopkins -, but for the time being it seems he will be embarking on an arguably even tougher task – defending his title…

Top 10 BSB Rider of the Year 2010: 2nd
Top 10 BSB Rider of the Year 2009: 7th
Top 10 BSB Rider of the Year 2008: N/A

Top 10 BSB Rider of the Year 2011:

3. Shane Byrne
4. Michael Laverty
5. Michael Rutter
6. Jon Kirkham
7. Graeme Gowland
8. Josh Brookes
9. James Ellison
10. Glen Richards

Tagged as: Tommy Hill , swan yamaha

Related Pictures

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Tommy Hill, Shaun Muir [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Jimmy Hill [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Hill - Swan Yamaha [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Hill - Swan Yamaha [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Hill - Swan Yamaha [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Bridewell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Michael Laverty, McAMS Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Bonnie Lane]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Rob Winfield, Anvil Hire Yamaha, BSB [Credit: Bonnie Lane]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, BSB [Credit: Anvil Hire Yamaha]
Tommy Bridwell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki, [Credit: BSB media]
Tommy Bridwell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki, [Credit: BSB]
Tommy Bridwell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki, [Credit: BSB]
Tommy Bridwell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki, [Credit: BSB]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: MSV Media]

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69er - Unregistered

December 16, 2011 6:57 PM

Never been a fan of or rated Tommy Hill too highly,but he came of age this year.Seemed much more chilled and seemed to have adopted a whatever will be aproach to his racing.He carried himself with dignity all year and in the end,the best man won. Well done Tommy,best of luck for 2012.

BigG - Unregistered

December 17, 2011 12:59 PM

This bloke blows hot and cold with me. Meet him at Cartagena and he was a top bloke, then at Cadwell a complete 'arrishole..... pressures of racing?

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