Tommy Hill's Clean Sweep at round 6 of British Superbikes
Under: Maxxis Sport on
12 July 2012
Maxxis-sponsored Swan Yamaha's Tommy Hill demonstrated he is in
superb form by posting a hat-trick of wins in the sixth round of
the 2012 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at Oulton
Park (July 7-8) to extend his advantage in the overall
Having set pole and clinched the opening race of the triple
header, the reigning British Superbike champion made the perfect
start in race two but was made to work hard in the early stages to
fend off a determined challenge from team-mate Noriyuki Haga.
Eventually, Hill came home ahead of Tyco Suzuki's Josh Brookes and
Shane Byrne aboard the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki, with Haga in
Tommy again hit the front on the opening lap of the final race,
managing to regain the position after Brookes stole the advantage
and claim his third win and first hat-trick of victories in the
series. Byrne was second ahead of Brookes, who fought back after
almost losing control and dropping five places to snatch the final
podium place with a last lap move on Haga at the final corner.
Hill said: "It was fantastic to win all three races here as not
many riders can say they have done the triple. I think I had a
target on my back and the other guys were aiming for it, but that
pushed me all the way again. I am happy that we can come into my
home round at Brands Hatch with the momentum from this weekend and
hopefully we can do it again for Swan Yamaha."
Commenting on the results, Gary Ekerold, team manager at Swan
Yamaha, said: "We had three races at Oulton Park and to take three
wins and a pole position was a fantastic result for the Swan Yamaha
Haga's 4-5-4 results certainly rounded off an excellent weekend
for the Swan Yamaha team and at the half way point in the
championship Tommy Hill is at the top of the leader board with a 28
point margin over Brookes with Byre just a point adrift in third.
Haga is currently lying in sixth place in the standings.
"This is a tremendous performance from Swan Yamaha. We are
delighted to support a team that works really hard to be at the
front of the field at every round and, as these results
demonstrate, one that is going places fast," says Maxxis
International UK's managing director Derek McMartin.
The next round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike
Championship is at Brands Hatch on July 20-22.
Maxxis would like to take this opportunity to wish Both Tommy
and Nori good luck for the rest of the season.
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