Swan Yamaha's Tommy Hill says he can still make up "lots of ground" today after crashing out of the second free practice session at Assen yesterday afternoon.

Hill had set the fifth fastest time in the morning session but his progress was stifled in FP2 when the reigning British Superbike champion went down at Turn 7 and slipped down the order to ninth.

However Hill, who currently leads the series ahead of the opening round of the Showdown at Assen, remains upbeat for today's final qualifying sessions at the legendary circuit.

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"We headed out on used tyres just to get more feel on how the bike will be for race distance and to try and move forward with the overall package," he said.

"It was a shame we didn't get a run at the end of the session on a new tyre because the crash ended our track time today; there is lots of time to be made around here with new grip.

"Overall though the package is feeling better and hopefully after our team meeting we can move forward again tomorrow for qualifying with my speed and set-up."

WFR Honda's Alex Lowes sealed the best lap of the day from fellow title rivals Josh Brookes and Shane Byrne.