Tommy Hill was delighted to leave Oulton Park as the BSB championship leader after three top four finishes. The reigning champion what he described as the “best win of his career” in Sunday's opener, despite starting nineteenth, and followed that up with fourth and second on Monday, giving him a six point lead over Josh Brookes.
Hill was disappointed to miss out on the podium in Monday's opening race but having come out with fourth (and a second in the final race) he feels this weekend will prove important in his bid for a second title.
“It was a frustrating first race with the conditions changing, but it was the same for everyone. Fourth place was not quite a podium but still consistent points for the championship and that is what we need. Fortunately it stayed dry for the last race and the Swan Yamaha was working really well and I dropped a couple of places but just stayed calm and then got into a rhythm. By the time I pulled in Stuart I had used the best of my tyre and it became harder work. Shakey then hunted me down and I tried to defend it but that was the best I had at that stage of the race. I am happy with our results with a win, a fourth and a second place and the championship lead. We probably had the most consistent weekend of all our rivals and that is what is important.”
Swan Yamaha teammate Noriyuki Haga claimed his first BSB podium on Sunday but failed to reach the same heights yesterday, finishing thirteenth and sixth, something which the Japanese rider put down to excessive tyre wear.
“It hasn't been a bad weekend as we had our first podium finishes but in the second race I had struggled a bit with grip where the conditions changed. In race three I think with a better grid position we could have been higher up the order like in race one. I also made a bad start and then I gave myself work to do and where I pushed to pass the other riders I used my tyre too quickly and then I didn't have enough for the end of the race. I am happy to have shown our speed this weekend and I think Snetterton we will come back and fight again.”