Hill's just too hot
TOMMY Hill admitted he was gutted as he saw his chances of a Snetterton double victory end in disappointment.
The 27-year-old Edenbridge ace was at his brilliant best in race one in Norfolk, getting ahead early on and controlling the race.
It looked like being more of the same for the Swan Yamaha rider in race two, but overheating issues, which saw water being thrown up into his face, brought his meet to a premature end.
"It really was a weekend of mixed fortunes," Hill said. "I was just so frustrated. The first one was a fantastic race for us. I felt strong, made my move and held the gap. I held a healthy margin. When (Michael) Laverty started to push hard, I just upped my game. It was a really, really good win.
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"I'm just absolutely gutted about the second race. The bike felt good all weekend. I knew we had a good package and we made a few changes to improve it for race two. The bike felt really, really good on the first couple of laps, but I had water splashing more and more into my face.
"I couldn't see a thing. It seemed to be that when I got too close to someone, air was stopping going into my radiator. I pulled back and it slowed down. As soon as I got on the back of him (Laverty), a load more water started gushing into my face. Then the power cut out – it was just too much. The bike was riding at 120 degrees – it should be 75-80.
"I'm really frustrated. It would have been nice to do the double, but we've come away just off the championship lead."
Hill became the first rider to score his second win of the season at the fourth round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship.
Hill had fought his way through from third on the opening lap to take the lead by lap seven after passing Laverty and Josh Brookes. The defending champion was then able to edge ahead to claim his second win, despite an overheating issue he calmly overcame. He then looked set to again be in fierce contention in race two. However, the issue returned and he was forced to retire.
There is a break before Hill is at Knockhill on June 22-24.
"In most of the sessions we are up there," he said. "Consistently we are at the front. We just need to keep being on the podium."