Hill battles to victory over Kiyonari, Byrne

A win for Shaun Muir Racing in its first weekend as a Yamaha operation, Hill put in a faultless performance to deny Honda a double.
Tommy Hill has taken an early lead in the 2011 MCE British Superbike Championship standings after holding Ryuichi Kiyonari and Shane Byrne at bay to win race two at Brands Hatch.

Having finished second in the opening race, despite being caught up in Michael Laverty's accident, Hill's charge up the order was rewarded with pole position, alongside his team-mate, for race two.

However, it was Byrne that got the better start, leading into Paddock Hill Bend, ahead of Hill, Laverty and Kiyonari, the Japanese rider getting a good getaway from sixth position.

On the hunt for a double victory, Byrne was not allowed to get away from the pack, though Hill's tight lines would continue to be repelled by Byrne's equally precise riding.

In the end it would take a bold move at Druids for Hill to move ahead on lap 14, the Yamaha man slipping beneath the Honda and grabbing the lead.

Byrne gave chase and stayed close to the Yamaha rider, in contrast to Laverty, who was beginning to fall away and delay Kiyonari.

The reigning champion would eventually get the better of Laverty on lap 22 and would immediately set upon catching the leading duo, a feat he managed with just four short laps remaining.

Running out of time to find his way back past Hill, Byrne eventually planted his move for the win on the penultimate lap, but his effort at Paddock Hill Bend was undone by him running wide and allowing both Hill and Kiyonari through.

Heading into the final lap, it was Kiyonari's turn to pressure Hill into a mistake, but while he showed his rival a wheel at McLaren, Hill would hold on for victory by a mere tenth of a second.

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Tommy Hill testing his Swan Yamaha (Swan Yamaha)
Tommy Hill, Swan Honda [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
Tommy Hill - Swan Yamaha
Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Bridewell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Haslam, Byrne, Mossey, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Haslam, Byrne, Mossey, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Haslam, Byrne, Mossey, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
John Hopkins, British Moto Rapido [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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boring - Unregistered

April 26, 2011 1:19 AM

At the end if the second lap hopper was 2 seconds behind shaky at the end he was 10 behind hill. Maybe next race we will se how good he is but in all fairness he got owned by hill Byrne laverty and kiyo, all of whom have been slated at 1 point if another by rawdawg. That is 1 of the know all yanks to name a few. Tommy hill was rider of weekend. Doggie elbow. Coming from 13th to second. And winning. Defiantly passed more riders than hopper.

190mph - Unregistered

April 25, 2011 7:10 PM

How is it that John Hopkins didn't win? According to some on here BSB was beneath Hopkins and that he'd show the BSB boys what real talent is. "He should be in MotoGP full time" they said, yet he was comprehensively beat by Shakey, who, according to those same peolple could only win on a V-twin. What's going on? Can anyone explain?

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