Tommy Hill is hoping to resume his impressive early season form on his return from injury at Croft this weekend.
The Swan Yamaha rider led the championship after the opening weekend at Brands Hatch and took a dominant pole position at Oulton Park, but a warm-up accident caused him to miss both races with a torn tendon in the back of his shoulder.
But the Lingfield man is back in action this weekend and revealed he has pulled out all the stops to be in peak condition on his return.
“I have been on the mend since Oulton Park and doing everything I can to get back racing the Swan Yamaha. I have had laser treatment, magnotherapy and visited an oxygen chamber to basically do as much as I can. I have good movement in the shoulder and I have set myself the target of coming back this weekend at Croft as I want to get back on the podium for the Swan Yamaha team as soon as possible.”
“I have been resting up and I have some more treatment planned before the weekend, so we will have to see what happens. I just need to concentrate on getting out there and scoring as many points as I can for the championship.”
In Hill's absence, Michael Laverty upheld Swan Yamaha honours at Oulton Park, but was forced to settle for a pair of fifth place finishes.
The Northern Irishman was a winner when last year's Championship Showdown began in North Yorkshire and enters this year's event in the top six once again.
Despite a consistent start, Laverty is still to win in 2011 and hopes to rectify that at the team's home event.
“I am looking forward to Croft as last season I would say that it was the circuit where I had my best race of the year. It is good to be back out again so quickly after the last round as I haven't finished on the podium yet and I feel that I need to put that right; especially after running so strong in all four races so far. I know that we can win and I just need to go out and prove that at the weekend.”
“It is the Swan Yamaha team's home round at Croft so it would be nice to get the first win of the season there. We know we are capable of winning, so I won't be looking for anything less at Croft.”