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Tommy Hill wins 2011 BSB title by 0.006secs!

Tommy Hill wins 2011 BSB title by 0.006secs!
0.006 secs…that’s the height of a front tyre on a motorbike….
Tommy Hill wins the 2011 MCE British Superbike Championship after prevailing in a breathtaking last lap battle with John Hopkins that ended with them split by 0.006secs.

Tommy Hill has won the 2011 British Superbike Championship after an astonishing final race of the season in which the title was decided by a breathtaking last lap and a winning margin of just 0.006secs.

Arguably the most exciting title conclusion in the history of BSB, the pair went into the race with Hopkins heading the standings by two points, meaning that whoever beat one another on track, would likely lift the crown.

Even so, Hopkins had looked on course for the title as his better start got him ahead of Hill through the opening bends, the American looking fairly comfortable ahead of his Yamaha rival.

However, at the same time, Hopkins was being boxed in by second place man James Ellison, the Sorrymate.com SMT Honda rider pacing the pack enough to keep his rivals at bay, but not doing enough to allow Hopkins to stretch away from Hill.

As such, Hill stayed on Hopkins’s tail and steadily plotted his late charge, showing his intentions with four laps remaining by getting alongside for the first time at Clark Curve.

It was the prelude to his pass at Hawthorne’s on lap 17, Hill surprising many by nosing in front of Hopkins for the first time and swinging the championship pendulum back in his favour.

From here, Hill did what Hopkins had failed to do by getting past Ellison for second with just over a lap remaining, giving him a bigger buffer in the standings.

However, Hill’s charge would spark Hopkins into action, sweeping past Ellison in third and moving straight onto the back of his rival heading into the final lap.

Lining Hill up over the first part of the lap, Hopkins dived through for the first time into Surtees, but a wider line allowed Hill to have better drive out of the bend, the Yamaha man sliding back up the inside at Hawthorne’s.

However, a wiggle on the exit allowed Hopkins to strike up the inside of Westfield, giving him the edge with just three corners remaining. Nonetheless, Hill came straight back past with a daring move at Dingle Dell, setting the pair up for a grandstand finish around the very final bend at Clark Curve.

Unsurprisingly, Hopkins dived for the inside, but aware his rival was attempting it, Hill hung back slightly to switch up the inside as they entered the steeped curve onto the finishing straight.

Hill nosed ahead, but Hopkins’s momentum on the outside was carrying him forward, sending them across the line almost side-by-side. As it happens, the stopwatch would see Hill ahead by just 0.006secs, a bitter heartbreak for Hopkins who would have surely overtaken – to win the title – had the finish line been just a few extra metres away.

An explosion of emotion would erupt down the pit lane as Hill was confirmed as champion, with jubilation breaking out of Shaun Muir’s Swan Yamaha team, while Samsung Crescent Suzuki had to imagine what could have been as they were beaten to the title for the second-year in succession, ironically by the man that rode for them just a year ago.

Hopkins’s despair is made all the more heart-wrenching by the fact it was the mysterious electronic gremlin in race two, which consigned him to 12th place, that arguably cost him the title.

Nonetheless, with seven wins this season, Hill was the ‘winningest’ rider in BSB 2011, and comes a year after rescinding his title advantage into the final round of the 2010 season. Interestingly though, considering the ‘shootout’ format, Hill didn’t win any of the seven ‘Showdown’ races.

Almost forgotten by the battle behind, the race itself was won by Shane Byrne, who secured his second win of the day to take third in the standings, though the HM Plant Honda man may be aggrieved by the fact that, under the previous points’s system, he would have been crowned champion with 403 points to Hill’s 398 points.

Behind Hill and a clearly emotional Hopkins, James Ellison completed a stunning weekend with fourth place, ahead of Michael Laverty, Josh Brookes – who recovered from 20th -, Michael Rutter, Graeme Gowland, Peter Hickman and James Westmoreland.

Outgoing champion Ryuichi Kiyonari, meanwhile, handed over his BSB crown with a run to 11th.

Source: http://www.crash.net/british+superbikes/race+report/173834/2/tommy_hill_wins_2011_bsb_title_by_0006secs.html

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Tommy Hill storms to race two win at Brands Hatch at opening round of BSB 2011

Now don’t get me wrong I like Shakey Byrne (and he taught me a few things while in Jerez a few years back). He is on one of the best bikes in BSB this season in the HM Plant Honda, but based upon yesterday’s race two at Brands, I can see that Tommy Hill will be a serious contemder for the tille this season…..

Swan Yamaha scored the second race win of the weekend at Brands Hatch this afternoon as Tommy Hill secured victory at his home round after holding off the challenges from the HM Plant Hondas of Ryuichi Kiyonari and Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne.

There was drama for the Samsung Crescent Racing team before the race got underway as Jon Kirkham was forced to retire at the end of the warm up lap and when the race got underway Byrne once again took the lead on the opening lap into Paddock Hill Bend from Hill, Laverty and Kiyonari.

There was further disappointment for James Westmoreland on his debut with the Motorpoint Yamaha team when he crashed out for the second time today on the eighth lap when he fell at Druids.

Byrne held the lead until the fourteenth lap when Hill made an impressive move at Graham Hill Bend to hit the front of the field and held on to maintain his advantage; taking the win and also the championship lead.

Kiyonari was able to move to second place when Byrne went wide at Paddock Hill Bend on the penultimate lap after trying to make a move on Hill in an attempt to make it a winning double on his return. Kiyonari was defending hard and was able to fend off his team-mate to return to the podium. Laverty took an impressive fourth place after his huge crash in the first race ahead of John Hopkins who had been embroiled in a battle with Stuart Easton for fifth place.

Hill: “It has been a long four days as it has been the most I have ridden for a while! Last week I was concerned about my elbow and I had so much treatment throughout the week to be ready for here and it paid off. It is fantastic to be leading the championship but it is only round one and it is early days still. The bike has been working well and we couldn’t have asked for a better start today. We are now looking forward to Oulton Park and getting the bike to work around what is a completely different track. Hopefully we can get there and come away with a very similar result.”

In the Mirror.co.uk BSB Evo race Glen Richards took a second victory of the day from team-mate Alex Lowes.

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Brands Hatch, race two result:

  1. Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha)
  2. Ryuichi Kiyonari (HM Plant Honda) +0.142s
  3. Shane Byrne (HM Plant Honda) +0.598s
  4. Michael Laverty (Swan Yamaha) +4.463s
  5. John Hopkins (Samsung Crescent Racing) +10.089s
  6. Stuart Easton (MSS Colchester Kawasaki) +11.984s
  7. Michael Rutter (Rapid Solicitors-Bathams Ducati) +13.048s
  8. Dan Linfoot (Sorrymate.com Honda) +13.897s
  9. Peter Hickman (Tyco Honda) +18.431s
  10. Gary Mason (MSS Colchester Kawasaki) +18.473s

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship standings after Brands Hatch:

  1. Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) 45
  2. Shane Byrne (HM Plant Honda) 41
  3. Stuart Easton (MSS Colchester Kawasaki) 23
  4. Ryuichi Kiyonari (HM Plant Honda) 20
  5. Michael Rutter (Rapid Solicitors-Bathams Ducati) 19

Source: http://www.britishsuperbike.com/