Tommy Hill on target for more points in Valencia

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Tommy Hill has already scored points in three of the four opening World Superbike races this year and is targeting round three at Valencia for even better results.

Onboard the Altea Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade, Hill has been plagued by chatter problems, but has still been able to qualify for Superpole and run with WSB and MotoGP veterans in the races.

Speaking to MCN, Hill said:

“Phillip Island was ok and I was happy to get points in both races with everything new. I was hoping for more in Qatar, my aim was to learn the track fast, and have a better race, but it turned out to be a hard weekend.

“I had so much chatter that I couldn’t carry enough corner speed. We tried so many things with the bike and I changed the way I was riding but we couldn’t solve the problem.

“It’s frustrating because even though we’ve got a lot of problems we’re really not that far away and I know that without them we could be running a lot higher. But this is the level of the championship – everyone is fast.”

Since returning back to the UK following his five week trip to Australia and Qatar Hill’s been able to get back into his rigorous training regime and is now focussed on the Valencia race.

“I’m looking forward to Valencia it’s a much tighter and twistier track than either Phillip Island or Qatar and that should suit the bike better.

“The Honda seems to work quite well when you have to get it stopped, turned and fired out plus the speed of the bike is good.”

Michael Guy

By Michael Guy

Sports Editor, former 250-racer and adventure rider