Hill battles to single point

Tommy Hill added one more point to his World Superbike Championship tally after a hard fought performance in Qatar.

The British rider had targeted the top ten finish in Losail, but found himself on the back foot when he could only qualify in 20th position due to an accident during the preceding free practice session.

Nonetheless, with a repaired Althea Honda bike at his disposal, Hill started both races well to run inside the top fifteen on each occasions.

However, after finishing 15th in the first race, he was unable to add to that in the second when he retired with an engine problem.

“Race one was a little bit harder than everyone planned. After a good start I pushed very hard and I found a fast pace. I was able to overtake some riders but during the middle race I was losing rear grip and I just could not run the pace of the guys in front of me. I had a bit of a battle with Haslam but riding over the limit meant I made a couple of small mistakes and he passed me.

“My second start was as good as the first one,” he added, “but starting the fifth lap I felt some vibration coming from my engine and after it stopped completely.

''I'm sure my team will work to understand and solve the problem, but once again bad luck came back to haunt me. I'm disappointed but I'm also eager to start for the next race in Valencia, because I'm sure we'll be more competitive in the next few rounds.”

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