Britain’s Tommy Hill will make his long awaited return to racing this weekend competing in the sixth round of the World Supersport Championship at Nurburgring in Germany.
Hill was ruled out of action seven months ago when he sustained serious leg injuries in a horrific testing crash first time out onboard the Hannspree Altea Honda CBR600RR.
In preparation for his racing return, Hill completed a short test with the Italian Altea squad at their local circuit, Isan in Rome. The 23-year-old had to wait for the circuit to dry and in just three hours of track time impressed his squad by immediately getting on the pace despite his lengthy lay off.
Speaking to MCN on his way to Germany, Hill said: “I really wanted to get out on the bike and although the track was really small and tight, it was a good place to test because the team know it well and they’ve got a lot of data and settings for the bike.
“The first six laps I felt pretty tense and a bit edgy, but after that it suddenly clicked and I was right back on it. I was lapping in the 1min00secs and the team joked to me that it would be good if I could get into the 59’s.
“I went back out and did four low 59’s on the trot and the team were well chuffed and they were cheering me on pit wall, which was nice.
“I felt a bit achy afterwards because it’s been a long time, nearly eight months since I last raced. Now I’m looking forward to the weekend and riding a new track.
“I enjoy riding new tracks and it’s good that we’re going somewhere that not a lot of riders have ridden before. Anyway I’ve been learning the track on the Playstation so I already know exactly where it goes.”