Hill out to cement favourite status

Though he is already guaranteed to lead into the forthcoming three-round title shootout, Tommy Hill is determined to extend his advantage at Donington Park this weekend.
MCE British Superbike Championship favourite Tommy Hill insists he is still determined to secure as many podium credits as he can at Donington Park as the much anticipated 2012 'Title Showdown' looms.

The Swan Yamaha rider was in outstanding form last time out at Cadwell Park as he notched up two fairly comfortable victories, his maximum haul of six podium credits putting further distance between himself and closest rivals Shane Byrne and Josh Brookes.

Indeed, though Hill is safely through to challenge for back-to-back titles, the final round of the season's 'first phase' at Donington Park will not signal any let up in his quest to get an advantage over the opposition.

“We are going into this last round of the main season knowing that we are safe in the Showdown, but also that every podium credit counts and can make the difference between winning the title so we need to be aiming for those six credits.

“We can use this round to try and keep moving forward, test some new settings so that we have tried what we need to before the first Showdown round at Assen. We haven't tested at Donington and most of the other riders have, but that doesn't faze me it just makes me hungrier.

“Ideally we can have another good weekend and get the Swan Yamaha back on the podium so we can be ready for the Showdown.”

As it stands, Hill has at least 32 extra points to add to his tally when the top six in the standings are equalised after Donington Park, while Byrne (who is expected to skip the races through injury) is on 23 and Brookes on 19.

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Tommy Hill - Swan Yamaha [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Hill, Lowes, Laverty on the podium [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Hill Swan Yamaha - [picture credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Hill - Swan Yamaha [pic 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]

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190mph - Unregistered

September 05, 2012 4:42 PM

It will be a bit of a travesty if Hill isn't racing in a world championship next year, especially if he ends up as a double BSB champion this year.


September 05, 2012 12:04 PM

Tommy's riding like the reigning BSB champ that he is. Been really impressed with how he has taken to it this year. Seems like the confidence of getting the first big title under his belt has done him the world of good. Go #33!

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