Tommy Hill have moved back into the lead of the MCE British Superbike Championship standings after picking up a pair of podiums north of the border at Knockhill.
The Swan Yamaha rider started both encounters from pole position, but while he never dipped out of the lead fight in either race, he was unable to get the better of Shane Byrne in race one or Michael Laverty in race two.
Admitting he was happier picking up a second and third place finish rather than risking a crash by pushing over the limit to beat his rivals, Hill's cautious approach has been rewarded with a return to the top of the standings, while he also commands a two podium credit advantage over Shane Byrne.
“We can't complain about the results this weekend; two podium finishes is good although as a racer you always want to win. We have been consistent and I knew the races would be tough as you can never underestimate anybody as there are so many riders capable of winning.
“I rode hard in the first race but so was Shakey and Michael and it was like an elastic band; where one of us was quicker in one section the other was faster somewhere else. It was a bit of a game of cat and mouse and we knew that the Swan Yamaha had the pace to be up there at the front, there were a couple of times that I thought about having a bit of a lunge and I was tempted but at the same time I didn't want us to all end up crashing.
“We were all pushing really hard again in race two as we all know that we need the podium finishes so we have the credits for the Showdown. I wasn't as comfortable in race two but we kept trying and two podiums was better than two crashes - we are even hungrier for Oulton Park now!”