Tommy Hill loses out on last lap

“I can't believe I got robbed on the last lap for the win” – Tommy Hill.
One of many to fall in the season-opening Brands Hatch crash-fest, defending BSB champion Tommy Hill kick-started his 2012 campaign with two second places at Thruxton on Sunday.

On pole by half a second, the Swan Yamaha star led the majority of race one, until grip problems led to a late pass by Padgetts Honda rider Ian Lowry.

Race two saw Hill take the lead from PBM Kawasaki's Shane Byrne in the closing stages, but couldn't contain a charging Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki), who snatched victory from Hill on the very last lap.

Hill later revealed he had opted against making any set-up changes between races.

“It was a hard decision for race two and I contemplated changing between race one and two, but we decided to go with what we knew as we didn't want to go for a massive gamble that could have ruined our race,” he said.

“I could see Shakey was losing grip and I can't believe I got robbed on the last lap for the win as that is twice today we have just missed out.

“Podiums are important though and after last weekend it was great to get back on the podium for Swan Yamaha. I think we will have more to come at Oulton Park next time out.”

Despite his disappointment, Hill has moved to fourth in the early BSB standings, just nine points from surprise leader Lowry.

Tagged as: Brands Hatch , Oulton Park

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Tommy Hill Swan Yamaha - [picture credit: Ian Hopgood]
Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Luke Mossey, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Peter Hickman, Smiths BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Bridewell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Alastair Seeley, Tyco BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Lee Jackson, Smiths Racing BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Haslam, Byrne, Mossey, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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Tas Man. - Unregistered

April 16, 2012 4:08 PM

I agree with the last comment. Robbed!. The fact is that Josh Brookes yesterday was riding at a far higher level than anybody else on the's not as if Hill raced Brookes from the start of the race.I think Tommy Hill and the rest are just shocked at how fast the GSXR was with Josh riding it.

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