Swan Yamaha's Tommy Hill has joked he had to bite the screen of his YZF-R1 in order to make a break in yesterday's third British Superbike race of the weekend at Brands Hatch and try to get away from John Hopkins who was chasing hard.
The Lingfield man had a race to forget on Saturday when the wrong tyre choice saw him finish out of the points but a win and a second place have brought him closer to Hopkins in the title chase.
"It’s been a great day and I am happy that we could be back on the podium in both races for Swan Yamaha. In the second race I tried to make a move on Shakey going in to Paddock Hill Bend but it was a bit brave and it just didn’t work out, but I knew I needed to try and make a lunge," said Hill.
"Hopper was closing us down and I knew we needed as many Podium Credits as possible. We knew we would be in the ball park for the third race so we just made a few tweaks and then was ready for the last race.
"The third race was probably the best ride of my season so far. I knew I needed to get off the line and Hopper and Shakey kept the pressure on me; I just had to bite the screen and keep pushing to try and get a bit of an advantage.
"The three of us (who finished on the podium) keep raising the bar and we just need to keep doing that at every round. We are in the top six now for the Showdown and we can concentrate on the podium credits at Cadwell Park and then fighting for the wins over the final three rounds. I need to thank the Swan Yamaha team, it was a shame about yesterday’s first race result but now we are looking forward to Cadwell Park."