WSBK »

Hill completes debut WSBK test.

Tommy Hill was feeling 'quite optimistic' after the conclusion of his first WSBK test, at Cartagena in Spain.

The Hannspree Honda Althea rider, who effectively missed the entire 2008 WSS season after a serious pre-season injury was followed by further damage at turn one of his Nurburging return, completed no less than 130 laps during his second and final day of testing.

Although no lap times were realised, the former BSB star insisted that 'significant gains' had been made.

"I'm very happy because I thoroughly enjoy riding a Superbike. Today I rode 130 laps, which is a great result for me. The bike is consistent and I can ride it as I like," he declared. "We are leaving Cartagena feeling quite optimistic. We had to work hard for two days to find the best electronics solution and made significant gains in terms of the machine's overall performance. I want to thank all my team and also the Ohlins technicians for doing a great job."

Hill's next test will be at Portugal's new Portimao circuit, from January 23-25.

Althea's Supersport pairing of Mark Aitchison and Matthieu Lagrive were also present at Cartagena.

"Today I pushed more because I wanted to check the set-up we established during the tests," revealed Aitchison. "We fixed a lot of small but important things and it helped me to gain confidence. I started off trying to find the right bike balance in order to feel more comfortable and make it easier to ride and each time I ride I get more confident with my bike. I'm extremely pleased to work with the team and I thank them all for their efforts."

"These two days were very important for us," added Lagrive. "We tested many things and have done a lot of work with the suspension and different links. Thanks to the great job done by my mechanics I was able to carry through the tests that I wanted. I'm looking forward to trying my bike the next time and improving it in time for the start of the season."


Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Hill, signed for Althea Honda for 2009 WSBK, Vallelunga WSBK 2008
VD Mark, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
VD Mark, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
VD Mark, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Torres, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Torres, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Torres, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Sykes, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Sykes, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Sykes, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Sykes, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Sykes, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Sykes, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Sykes, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Sykes, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Sykes, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Savadori, Jerez WSBK test. November 2016
Savadori, Jerez WSBK test. November 2016

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.