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Hill’s first impressions of 2012 Swan Yamaha

Published: 09 March 2012

The Swan Yamaha team might be spending time fine-tuning the fuelling with the new Motec spec ecu but Tommy Hill was happy enough with his first morning back in the office at Cartagena.

“Considering we’ve only had one proper five lap run so far, it’s all good,” he told MCN.

“We knew coming here we had a good chassis set-up but we also knew it would take time to fine-tune the new electronics package.

"We know what lap times Graeme Gowland and the rest of the WFR team were doing and we were already on that pace within four laps.

"Obviously, you can never be sure whether the times announced are accurate or not but it’s a good benchmark – plus we know the times we did last year with the full (Marelli electronics) FIM-spec bike.

“It’s taking a bit of work with the new ecu (Motec) but we expected that and when your crew chief looks at the data and tells you the bike must be difficult to ride, and you’ve just done a competitive lap time, well, that only fills you with confidence and shows just how good our chassis is.”