Tommy Hill is prepared to draw a line under his injury interrupted season if he can secure a commitment from his Althea World Supersport team for 2009.
Hill had been forced to watch the first half of the season on the sidelines after suffering horrific injuries in an accident during pre-season testing last November, although he did make a brief return to action at the Nurburgring.
However, Hill's dismal luck struck again when he was taken out at the first corner by Arne Tode, a crash that caused him to break his femur once again and place him back in hospital.
As such, Hill is prepared to focus on 2009 in order to get '110 per cent' fit again. He is also committed to the Althea team that planned to run him this season.
“I am in negotiations with the team about continuing next year, as well as a few others, but I am loyal to the Althea team because they have been loyal to me too,” he told Crash.net Radio
“With my second injury the bike landed on my original broken femur and where the rod finishes in my leg, it snapped, so it's broken three inches down from where it was before. The progress I am making though is good and I'm having a speedy recovery. If the injury heals up then I will be back on the bike, but I want to be 110 per cent."
Desperately disappointed not to get he chance to race in front of his home crowds at Brands Hatch, Hill believes he would have had the pace to be challenging up at the front.
“It is very frustrating. I have been to a few rounds this year but it really hit me this weekend. My heart is telling me I can ride a bike and I am tempted to go and get my leathers, but I am not fit enough yet.”
As for 2009, Althea announced this weekend at Brands Hatch that they are considering pulling out of Supersports in favour of doubling up their World Superbike effort. It remains to be seen whether the former British Superbike rider is to be considered in these plans...