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Hill wins 2011 BSB title on final corner

Tommy Hill wins the 2011 MCE British Superbike Championship after prevailing in a breathtaking last lap battle with John Hopkins that ended with them split by 0.006secs.
Tommy Hill has won the 2011 British Superbike Championship after an astonishing final race of the season in which the title was decided by a breathtaking last lap and a winning margin of just 0.006secs.

Arguably the most exciting title conclusion in the history of BSB, the pair went into the race with Hopkins heading the standings by two points, meaning that whoever beat one another on track, would likely lift the crown.

Even so, Hopkins had looked on course for the title as his better start got him ahead of Hill through the opening bends, the American looking fairly comfortable ahead of his Yamaha rival.

However, at the same time, Hopkins was being boxed in by second place man James Ellison, the Sorrymate.com SMT Honda rider pacing the pack enough to keep his rivals at bay, but not doing enough to allow Hopkins to stretch away from Hill.

As such, Hill stayed on Hopkins's tail and steadily plotted his late charge, showing his intentions with four laps remaining by getting alongside for the first time at Clark Curve.

It was the prelude to his pass at Hawthorne's on lap 17, Hill surprising many by nosing in front of Hopkins for the first time and swinging the championship pendulum back in his favour.

From here, Hill did what Hopkins had failed to do by getting past Ellison for second with just over a lap remaining, giving him a bigger buffer in the standings.

However, Hill's charge would spark Hopkins into action, sweeping past Ellison in third and moving straight onto the back of his rival heading into the final lap.

Lining Hill up over the first part of the lap, Hopkins dived through for the first time into Surtees, but a wider line allowed Hill to have better drive out of the bend, the Yamaha man sliding back up the inside at Hawthorne's.



Tagged as: Tommy Hill , John Hopkins

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Unbelievable, one of the greatest races ive ever seen Truly epic. Mortally gutted for Hopper but Tommy caught him fair and won it at the very death. 6 thousandths of a second.....dont get closer than that. Both men can hold their head up high and stand proud Hopper for turning around his career and Tommy from coming back from so much adversity to be a very worthy champion. Well done both of them. BSB = Best National Series despite the dumb point system!



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