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Tommy hits the top of the Superbikes Hill
8:00am Wednesday 9th May 2012 in Motorsport News
TOMMY Hill moved to the top of the MCE Insurance British Superbike standings after a Bank Holiday triple header at Oulton Park - and try as he might he simply couldn't find anything worth moaning about.
The 27-year-old was crowned BSB champion for the first time last year but couldn't do enough from the first two rounds of the season, which produced three races instead of four, to reach the top spot of the Championship.
Hill hasn't been far away though with two second place finishes last time out at Thruxton while in the first race of three at Oulton Park, replacing the one cancelled at the season opener at Brands Hatch, he took victory.
The Swan Yamaha rider was one step shy of the podium in fourth in race two on Monday before returning to it during his third and final outing - placing second to Shane Byrne, who as ever is acting as a fierce rival.
And, while mentioning a water leak which initially affected his vision during the last race of the weekend, Hill - who now has a six-point lead over Josh Brookes at the top - wasn't complaining in the slightest.
"I think the leak was water and from the second or third lap I thought it was raining out there because my visor was getting covered in water," said Hill.
"But that had nothing to do with the end of the race, I got used to the water fine, and I cracked on and just got my head down.
"Unfortunately I was just losing a bit of corner entry but it was a good result and it was a fantastic weekend - a first, second and a fourth - I mean I can't grumble at that.
"I am little bit disappointed to be beaten at the end but well done to Shane. When he passed me I knew I wouldn't have had the grip to challenge him.
"I was still riding as hard as I could but in fairness to Shane he did the job and got the win but we now move onto next time and getting back on the podium."
Meanwhile, on the other side of the Swan Yamaha garage Noriyuki Haga gave a glimpse of what he is capable of with a second-place finish in the first race of three at Oulton Park.
He couldn't quite follow up on it like Hill did - placing 13th and then sixth from Monday's two races - leaving Haga with mixed emotions on his assessment of the weekend.
"It hasn't been a bad weekend as I had my first podium finish but in the second race I struggled a bit with grip where the conditions changed," said Haga.
"In race three I think with a better grid position we could have been higher up the order. I am happy to have shown our speed this weekend and I think next time we will come back and fight again."
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