Tommy Hill on the pace in first test back

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Tommy Hill finished the final day of the two day test in Cartagena in Spain delighted with his pace after dropping nearly a second off his day one lap time with a string of consistent 1m 35.4s laps.

The Hannspree Altea Honda rider made the most of the good track conditions in the middle of the day to complete nearly 70 laps where he worked through a host of chassis and suspension parts along with ongoing changes to the Magneti Marelli electronics package.

Cartagena is  a particularly tight and twisty circuit which generally favours Supersport bikes, but Hill’s times were impressive and over half a second faster than current Alsatre Suzuki rider Max Neukirchner when he tested at the track last year.

Speaking to MCN from Spain, Hill said: “I’m really happy, we’ve done a lot of work in the last two days and I can’t tell you how good it feels to be back on a Superbike.

“We’ve experimented with different swing arms, linkages, front forks and rear shocks and Ohlins and the team have been impressed with my feedback. After two days on the bike I know that WSB is where I belong.”

Hill’s next test will be at the Parkalgar circuit in Portugal in January where he will get to ride alongside all of his championship rivals for the first time.

For full details on Hill’s Cartagena test see MCN out Wednesday 10th December.