Tommy Hill got his first taste of the Hannspree Altea Honda CBR1000RR Superbike he’ll be racing in WSB next season in a test at Cartagena in Spain on Wednesday.
The 23 year old Brit was forced to sit out of virtually all the 2008 World Supersport season following two sickening crashes where he suffered a broken right Femur both times.
After months of recuperation, Hill has now begun rebuilding his career and despite his disastrous season was not only retained by the Italian Altea squad, but promoted from Supersport to Superbike.
Speaking exclusively to MCN after the first day of the test, Hill said: “It’s been good to blow the cobwebs off that’s for sure. As I pulled out of pit lane for the first time I have to admit I was a bit blown away by how fast the bike felt. I obviously haven’t ridden that much during 2008 and when I did it was on a Supersport bike and there is a pretty big difference between the 600 and a full spec Superbike.
“After a few laps I came into the pits, had a drink and by my second stint I was feeling comfortable and it felt great to be back. Being the first day it was all about getting up to speed, but we did start to test a few things and we began working on the traction control and anti-wheelie on the bike. We’ve got another day of testing and I’m confident we can get a lot done.”
For full details of Hill’s debut WSB test see next weeks MCN out Wednesday 10th December.