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By Greg Miles
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Tommy Hill takes no notice of standings in BSB.
British Superbike champion Tommy Hill knows he has a battle on his hands if he is to retain his title, but is relying on the consistency he has shown in the first half of the season to see him through.
Before racing at Knockhill in Scotland this weekend where last year he claimed wins in both races, the Beckenham-born star was second in the standings, just a point behind Josh Brookes, and looking good for the all important top six finish for the showdown rides which start in September.
And more importantly he leads the podium credits rankings with 12, four ahead Brookes.
But he knows the standings count for nothing at this stage, and is hoping to keep his form going across the season with four rounds left, before the three-part showdown series.
He said: “Last year I was about fifth in the table at this point. I don’t take too much notice of the table, I never look at them at all, I don’t feel I need to.
“As we start to approach rounds eight and nine I will have a look just to make sure I’m in the top three. I just take it race by race. We just need to make sure we are in the top six.”
In the last round at Snetterton he made a good start claiming second in the first race but an issue with the bike meant he didn’t finish the second race, something he knows can’t happen as the series progresses.
“I have been pretty consistent but we had the engine issue in the last round which is something we cannot afford to have in later rounds,” he said. “This is motorcycle racing, you can never plan what’s going to happen in this sport.
“I was a bit gutted about the last round, we could have won the second race but we had a machine problem,” he said.
That consistency is what he is aiming for, but he knows keeping it going as other riders look to up their game is going to be tough.
“I think I have been doing well, I have won more races than anyone else, I just have to keep doing what I am doing,” he said.
“I don’t want to change anything that I don’t need to. It’s a bit more difficult with what to improve on, it’s more down to the rider to improve the riding style, but everyone is in the same position.”