Tommy Hill is hoping an upcoming test at Monza will help push him further towards the World Superbike top ten after notching up another solitary point in Valencia.
The British rider failed to make it through to Superpole in qualifying after struggling with a gear setting problem, but showed decent form in the first race to push up to 15th position and score for the third consecutive round.
Although chattering problems in the second race prevented him from climbing any higher than 21st, Hill was satisfied with his form and is now looking forward to a test session in Italy this week.
“[In race one] I just made a good start and I tried to remain in the top sixteen," the Althea Honda rider said. "At the beginning it was difficult for me to find a good rhythm because we changed the gear setting for the race and I spent a few laps trying to find a good feeling with my bike.
“My Honda's performance was good in the fastest section of the circuit, but I lost a lot of time in the slower ones. Around the middle of the race I got a better feeling with my bike and I began to recover some positions. I was able to make some fast laps and to overtake some riders reaching fifteenth position. I am pretty satisfied with the result of race one even if we still have some gear problems”.
“My second race was really very difficult because starting from the first laps I suffered a lot of chattering on the front wheel and I did not succeed to ride my bike as I would have liked. Without this problem I could have remained in first fifteen positions.
“Fortunately we will be doing some tests in Monza (April 9 and 10) in order to resolve the problems we encountered this weekend. I'm sure my technicians will not stop working on my Honda and so I'm confident for the future races”.