Tommy Hill is confident ePayMe Yamaha has found a solid breakthrough after both Stuart Easton and John Hopkins grabbed double points finishes at Brands Hatch Indy, with the Scottish rider grabbing a first top ten finish this year.
Hill's factory-support ePayMe Yamaha squad has found it tough to adapt to the pace in the MCE British Superbike championship as a brand new team but after a strong outing around the 1.2-mile Indy circuit at Brands Hatch the 2011 BSB champion is confident the team has made a breakthrough on Easton's side of the garage.
“We've just found out some interesting information,” Hill said. “We know where we are with the set-up of the bike and get information from the Yamaha factory but it has been frustrating as the team is working really hard and well with two good riders. We've got a championship-winning bike but it doesn't mean it is a championship winner for Stuart Easton or John Hopkins.
“We've made a big step forward with Stuart this weekend, having qualifying 21st he has come through the pack and finished ninth in race two and is really, really happy now.
“We've managed to play around with a lot of settings to get him comfortable and a few interesting things this weekend and we are going to transfer them to John now because he has been suffering with some of the issues Stuart had but John was probably riding around those issues.
“We've moved forward again and although it isn't an excuse as a brand new team you find out more information every time you go on track. We'll schedule the Snetterton test and go there to work on a few areas from this weekend and push them with John.”
Assessing his new team's progress over the opening three rounds, Hill says his personal drive to improve the squad is unrelenting and feels once it can unlock its true potential with the Yamaha YZF-R1 it can reach the top five.
“Even when you get bad results it pushes you more,” he said. “I go back after a race weekend and ask what more can we do. We've got good support from Yamaha but we are slowly stepping forward and hopefully by next round or the one after we can start pushing the top five or six, where I believe we can truly be.”