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Hill determined to make flying start to title defence

'We have a few things to get dialled out with the Swan Yamaha on Good Friday in the extra test sessions but we are going to come out fighting in the races' - Tommy Hill
Reigning MCE British Superbike champion Tommy Hill returns to the scene of his epic title triumph as he begins the defence of his crown at Brands Hatch this weekend.

Hill prevailed in an unforgettable climax to the British championship last year at the Kent circuit and the Swan Yamaha star is determined to pick up where he left off on the YZF-R1 on Easter Monday.

“I am looking forward to getting back to Brands Hatch as I have such great memories of the last time I raced there when we won the title. We want to pick up where we left off last year as it is key to come away from the first rounds with some strong finishes so we can carry the momentum to the next round,” he said.

“We have been feeling positive after pre-season testing, but it will come down to Easter Monday when the racing really starts. We have a few things to get dialled out with the Swan Yamaha on Good Friday in the extra test sessions but we are going to come out fighting in the races.”

Hill faces a tough task to hold onto his crown this season, with Samsung Honda's Michael Laverty looking particularly strong during pre-season and a host of international stars intent on making their presence felt, including his team-mate and World Superbike legend Noriyuki Haga.

Add in the Tyco Suzuki pair of British Supersport champion Alastair Seeley and Josh Brookes, plus Luca Scassa and Ian Lowry on Clive Padgett's Hondas, the Rapid Solicitors duo of Shane Byrne and Stuart Easton and WFR Honda trio Graeme Gowland, Alex Lowes and James Westmoreland and it is clear Hill will have to bring nothing less than his A game to retain the BSB title in 2012.



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Tommy Hill on the Swan Yamaha at Snetterton during pre-season testing
Tommy Hill, Chris Walker, Danny Buchan
Tommy Bridewell - Milwaukee Yamaha [pic credit: ihphotography.net]
Shane Byrne, Ryuichi Kiyonari [pic credit: Gavan Caldwell]
Tommy Bridewell Milwaukee Yamaha - ihphotography.net
Shane Byrne Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki - ihphotography.net
Shane Byrne Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki - ihphotography.net
Shane Byrne Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki - ihphotography.net
Shane Byrne Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki - ihphotography.net
Shane Byrne Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki - ihphotography.net
Shane Byrne Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki - ihphotography.net
Shane Byrne Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki - ihphotography.net
Shane Byrne Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki - ihphotography.net
Tommy Bridewell Milwaukee Yamaha - ihphotography.net
Shane Byrne Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki - ihphotography.net
Josh Brookes Milwaukee Yamaha - ihphotography.net
Josh Brookes Milwaukee Yamaha - ihphotography.net
Ryuichi Kiyonari leads Shane Byrne and Josh Brookes at Silverstone

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bhp - Unregistered

April 03, 2012 10:01 PM

As I said water under the bridge. Things are said in the heat of the moment. Just people like you that make issues 6 months down the line. Watched interview back from eurosport and there was no moaning just a guy saying what he thinks. I respect hill. Everything he does is face value. No back stabbing. Laverty didn't try and knock anyone off for team mate. Will be strong year in bsb and would be nice if we had a year with no snide comments about ANY riders and just enjoy the sport. Laverty is a strong favourite me thinks but don't mean anything.till last 3 rounds.

Cubikrube

April 04, 2012 1:07 PM

Oh and heard Tommy's comments on Eurosport and he was saying about foreign riders but then also went on to say how the exposure could be helpful, so on one side it might not be giving young brit riders a chance but on the other side the extra exposure was good for the championship as a whole. Either way, when it came to this ride, if Hutchy hadn't of gotten injured then he'd have the ride and the person Nori took the ride from was Westy in the end and given the choice between Nori and Westy i know who i'd rather see running around the track



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