Althea: No Hill/Lanzi swap.

Honda Althea has released an official statement to deny that Englishman Tommy Hill could be replaced by former Ducati WSBK race winner Lorenzo Lanzi.

The team labels the rumours 'totally groundless' and confirms that Hill will race for the team next time out at Assen, although it stops shot of guaranteeing his seat for the rest of 2009.

“With reference to reports on several websites and forums regarding the substitution of our Superbike rider Tommy Hill with Lorenzo Lanzi, the Honda Althea Racing team wishes to deny this news, which is considered to be totally groundless,” said the Althea statement.

“The team continues to believe in the British rider, who has completely recovered from the injuries he suffered last season and who is showing that he can worthily compete in such a difficult and competitive championship as World Superbike.

“As reported in the team press release on the tests carried out last week at Monza, we wish to confirm that Tommy will take part in the Assen races on the Honda CBR 1000 RR prepared by Massimo Tulli and his technical staff, in order to continue with the development of our bike and reach the results that our team and rider are capable of.”

Hill currently sits 20th in the WSBK championship standings, having scored points in four of the six races so far held. The former BSB star's best finish is a double 14th place at the Phillip Island season opener.

Lanzi, a winner of three WSBK races, took his most recent victory at Valencia 2008, after Max Neukirchner and Carlos Checa collided at the final turn. The Italian was unable to secure a 2009 seat.

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April 17, 2009 6:31 PM

"DEFINITELY THE BEST OF THE BRITISH" I would disagree with that also. I would say without a doubt the best of the British right now is Haslem - hands down. Haslem has had a much better career than Hill in BSB and is showin very well in WSBK. I think he is 5th in points. How can you say a guy who is 20th in points is better than someone who has podium and is 5th in the Championship? Hill is the lowest placed British rider in the championship. And I don't care how crap the bike is - 20th is 20th. To tell you how bad that is Hopkins has only had 1 weekend and is 2 positions in front of him. Do you think Spies would be 20th on his bike? Spies wouldn't win but he wouldn't be 20th either.


April 17, 2009 4:30 PM

"Give him Ben Spies bike and watch him churn out race wins just like the best of the americans" And this is based on what? Besides winning the R6 cup and taking a Pole in WSBK once (and I don't think he podium that weekend) what has he really done? What titles or significant wins can he hang his hat on? He has always been full of promise but what results have that transform into? Just because he has shown some flashes in WSS doen't mean that it translates to bigger bikes - look at Pitt, Foret, and Ken S. Tommy is a hard nose guy that has had a couple of bad incidents no doubt, but to say he would be beating Haga, Spies, Biaggi, etc is a bit much. Just my opinion.

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