Tommy Hill has seen his British Superbike Championship lead all but wiped out after managing just a sole eighth place finish in the latest round of the series at Mallory Park.

A surprise turnaround for the Worx Crescent Suzuki rider after qualifying in third position for the first race, his day would be hampered by a technical issue that forced him to retire early on.

With grid positions in race two determined by fastest laps from race one, Hill's lack of track time meant he would be forced to start down in 13th. Getting bumped down the order through the opening turns, Hill fought back but could only get as high as eighth.

It means his previous advantage of 36 points has been reduced to merely four, although Hill remains comfortably on course to qualify for the 'showdown' later in the season.

"Today's been quite a disappointment after having enjoyed very productive tests here and going so well through practice and qualifying. After dropping out of race one with technical issues I was looking forward to getting my head down and chasing a top-six result in race two. But I got shut down in the first turn and after that it was a long race trying to make up places.

"Obviously I'm not happy with my results, but racing always has its ups and downs. So we're off to Knockhill next weekend and I'll be looking for a return to podium finishes and podium points - and looking to rebuild my championship lead."

Returning from injury this weekend, Yukio Kagayama did himself no favours with a crash in race one that also ruled him out of action for race two.

"Not a good weekend for me. I was happy after warm-up - good lap times. Then in the race I lose grip leaving the corner, it all happens very fast, and I crash. I am okay but the crash was quite hard and so I was not able to ride the second race. So again I need to rest injuries to be ready for the next round."



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