Hill: Nothing to lose now

Pre-Title Showdown favourite Tommy Hill slips 42 points behind Shane Byrne in the British Superbike standings after a 'nightmare' weekend at Silverstone.
Tommy Hill says he has 'nothing to lose' during the final round of the MCE British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch after an unusually anonymous weekend at Silverstone put him on the cusp of losing his BSB crown.

Already on the back foot after a costly non-score at Assen wiped out his pre-Showdown advantage in the standings, Hill was nonetheless looking good for a fight back at Silverstone when he qualified on the front row in second place.

However, an incorrect tyre choice would see him slump behind the lead pack early on, eventually crossing the line a distant seventh with a lap time that was only good enough for 13th on the grid in race two.

A change of tyres appeared to give Hill a boost in race two as he quickly worked his way into lead contention, but once again a lack of grip would see him fall away during the second-half of the race. He would eventually cross the line in seventh place again.

It means Hill, who was 35 points ahead of the competition before the standings were equalised, has scored just 31 points in the last four races, compared with Shane Byrne's 85, Josh Brookes's 74 and Alex Lowes's 82. As a result, he has slid almost out of contention, 42 points behind Byrne with just three races remaining, much to his evident frustration.

“It has been a nightmare here for us this weekend. The last two rounds of the championship we have been to, Assen and Silverstone, are tracks that are a different nature to the ones earlier in the year and we don't want to make excuses but we have struggled with grip. The results we have had today are not what we needed for the championship and we have nothing to lose now.”

Indeed, having come into the 'Title Showdown' as the hot favourites for back-to-back titles after winning seven races this year, the swift turnaround has left the Swan Yamaha team reeling.

“This year the Showdown hasn't gone our way but we need to finish the job we started,” lamented team owner Shaun Muir. “It has been a difficult weekend and we are now looking to salvage the best results we can from the final round. We have been the favourites all the way and in the space of eight days we have gone from hero to zero. It is disappointing for the team but now we just want to go to Brands Hatch and end the season in style.”

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Tommy Hill - Swan Yamaha [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Hill Swan Yamaha - [picture credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Hill - Swan Yamaha [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Hill, Brookes and Bridewell at Assen
Tommy Hill - Swan Yamaha [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
John Hopkins, British Moto Rapido [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Michael Laverty, McAMS Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
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Tommy Bridewell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Jakub Smrz, Lloyd & Jones/PR Racing BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Jakub Smrz, Lloyd & Jones/PR Racing BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Peter Hickman, Smiths BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
John Hopkins, British Moto Rapido [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Luke Mossey, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Michael Laverty, McAMS Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Michael Laverty, McAMS Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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Rob#46 - Unregistered

October 01, 2012 7:13 PM

No disrespect to Tommy, but I still think the whole 'show down' thing is completely unnecessary. Shakey Byrne was the rightful champion last year, imo. It would be great karma to see Shakey grab it now.

The Burton Bullet - Unregistered

October 01, 2012 7:38 PM

You get a choice of 2 compounds of slick for sbk.sci and sc2. Haga and Hill between them had approx 4 hours track time at their disposal before qualifying and then a morning warm up to see if the sc2 or sc1 would be the race tyre. If you get to the race and still don’t know what tyre to use it is poor team management. Samsung Honda after 3 free practice sessions still found it necessary in the middle of qualifying to shorten the chain to get the correct gearing or swingarm lenght. WHAT DO THESE TEAMS DO ALL FRIDAY AND SATURDAY.???

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