Defending MCE British Superbike champion Tommy Hill will want to put the first round of the series quickly behind him after failing to add any points to the board at Brands Hatch.

Hill slid off with three laps remaining in the sole BSB race at Graham Hill Bend after struggling with a lack of rear end traction.

The Swan Yamaha star, who started the race from 29th position on the grid, was keen to try out changes made to the rear shock of his YZF-R1 in the second race, but never got the chance after it was cancelled due to deteriorating surface conditions.

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"It is a disappointing start to the season and I am gutted that we didn't have a chance to try and make amends in the second race for myself, the team and the fans but the right decision was made as the conditions were bad," Hill said.

"In the first race I had a bit of a problem with the rear and I knew something wasn't right. I just struggled with rear grip and was trying to score some points and that isn't what we wanted to do here.

"I crashed and it was unlucky but we had a problem with the rear shock and we then worked hard to resolve it for the second race but never got the chance to try it out in the end.

"We will now regroup and move on to Thruxton where we will be aiming for the podium again as I know we have the pace."