MAXXIS ROUNDS OFF BSB WITH DOUBLE PODIUM
Under: Maxxis Sport on
23 October 2012
A double podium by defending champion Tommy Hill
ended the 2012 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship on a
high note for Swan Yamaha, the team sponsored by tyre manufacturer
Maxxis. The result meant Hill finished in overall third as
Shane 'Shakey' Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki)
won all three races to lift the title for the third time.
Hill's seven wins during the main season,
coupled with five second place finishes and four thirds, netted him
a massive 35 podium credits and he was leading the field going into
the Showdown - the final three rounds of the series during which
the top six riders fight it out for the honours. However, as
Swan Yamaha struggled with grip at the first two events at the
Assen TT Circuit in the Netherlands and Silverstone, WFR
Honda's Alex Lowes, Byrne and Josh Brookes (Tyko Suzuki)
made up ground and seized the advantage, leaving the 2011 champion
in third going into the season finale.
Tens of thousands of motorcycle sports fans
turned out for the triple header at Brands Hatch where Hill was on
form and back on the podium. Finishing second behind Byrne in
the opening race Tommy then rounded off his impressive season-long
performance, in which he also set six fastest laps - finishing only
two adrift of Brookes in the 2012 Speedy Fastest Laps League - with
a third place. Tommy's strong starts throughout 2012 also
netted him his first STIHL Power Award.
Swan Yamaha team mate Noriyuki Haga missed the Showdown due to
injury, but he was keen to string together some good results to
close out the season and fifth and sixth place in Assen plus three
top ten finishes at Brands Hatch put him in eighth overall in the
2012 British Superbike standings.
"The determination shown by Tommy and the entire
Swan Yamaha team as they set about the defence of his title,
scoring points at every round of the main season, really impressed
us, and while back-to-back titles would have been tremendous, we
are by no means disappointed in the first year of our partnership,"
said Maxxis International UK's managing director Derek
"The team's excellent results, coupled with the fact that the
British Superbike Championship benefits from extensive mainstream
TV coverage, means our sponsorship of Swan Yamaha has played a
vital role in helping to improve brand awareness for Maxxis and we
are looking forward to an even more exciting 2013."
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