POLE AND A HEADACHE FOR CHAMPION HILL – MCE INSURANCE BRITISH SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP Round 2 – Thruxton – 14/15 April

Swan Yamaha's  Tommy Hill

Swan Yamaha's Tommy Hill

Tommy Hill gave himself a headache as he scorched to the pole start for the second round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship on a challenging, drying Thruxton circuit.

The reigning champion forgot to put in his ear-plugs as he powered his Swan Yamaha into the final part of the grid deciding session for the first of the two races.  “The noise was deafening and I was very close to coming in – I have a bit of a headache coming on and I will be hearing the bike all night now,” Hill explained.
Hill, a race winner at the corresponding race two years ago was not complaining. He said; ”At the start it was a bit of a do or die effort but we had to get the job done and this is the good start I needed to finally put the memories of the first round behind me.”
Padgett’s Honda rider Ian Lowry maintained the form that he had shown in free practice as he secured a start alongside Hill with Michael Rutter third fastest on the MSS Bathams Kawasaki just ahead of WFR Honda’s James Westmoreland with three manufacturers completing the front row.
Jon Kirkham, Samsung Honda’s first round winner, was ninth fastest and will start from the third row on an afternoon when tyre gambles and tricky damp conditions meant difficult times for a number of leading riders, among them Michael Laverty, Shane Byrne and Noriyuki Haga who face tough challenges for race one as they start from the fourth row.
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Results
Qualifying – top six times:
1: Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) 1m:15.260
2: Ian Lowry (Padgetts Honda) +0.475s
3: Michael Rutter (MSS Bathams Kawasaki) +0.604s
4: James Westmoreland (WFR Honda) +0.645s
5: Chris Walker (Pr1mo Bournemouth Kawasaki) +0.676s
6: Luca Scassa (Padgetts Honda) +0.676s
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