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Tommy Hill in buoyant mood after rewarding weekend at Oulton Park

'We probably had the most consistent weekend of all our rivals and that is what is important' - Tommy Hill
Swan Yamaha's Tommy Hill leaves Oulton Park at the top of the MCE British Superbike Championship after finishing fourth and second in Monday's two races.

Hill, who won the rescheduled race from Brands Hatch on Sunday on his YZF-R1, said he was more than happy with a series of consistent finishes at the Cheshire circuit.

“It was a frustrating first race with the conditions changing, but it was the same for everyone. Fourth place was not quite a podium but still consistent points for the championship and that is what we need,” said the reigning champion.

“Fortunately it stayed dry for the last race and the Swan Yamaha was working really well and I dropped a couple of places but just stayed calm and then got into a rhythm.

“By the time I pulled in Stuart I had used the best of my tyre and it became harder work. 'Shakey' then hunted me down and I tried to defend it but that was the best I had at that stage of the race.

“I am happy with our results with a win, a fourth and a second place and the championship lead,” he added.

“We probably had the most consistent weekend of all our rivals and that is what is important.”

His team-mate, Noriyuki Haga, was unable to follow up his maiden BSB podium result from Sunday as he finished 13th and sixth in races two and three.

“It hasn't been a bad weekend as we had our first podium finishes but in the second race I had struggled a bit with grip where the conditions changed,” said Haga.

“In race three I think with a better grid position we could have been higher up the order like in race one.

"I also made a bad start and then I gave myself work to do and where I pushed to pass the other riders I used my tyre too quickly and then I didn't have enough for the end of the race.

“I am happy to have shown our speed this weekend and I think Snetterton we will come back and fight again.”



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Ivor Bueb - Unregistered

May 08, 2012 12:47 PM

The showdown format could play into Haga's hands. If Haga makes it into the top six then he will probably be very strong on the last three meetings seen as he will have had time to get used to the series and already knows those tracks well from world supers.

potter88

May 08, 2012 8:45 AM

I think Hill with consistency like he has shown may take Title again. Although saying that its gonna be extremly close at the top with Josh and Shakey pushing him all the way to the end. Its still early days but hopefully Haga has found a bit of form now and with a lot of Tracks coming up that he has raced at before (Assen, Silverstone and Donington in WSB plus Brands GP and Oulton Park before too) i would'nt rule him out of Top 6 Showdown. My Tip for Top 6 Showdown is Hill, Brookes, Shakey, Easton, Haga and either 1 of a Samsung Honda



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