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Althea Honda's Tommy Hill says he only remembers a thump and hitting the deck after being taken out in the first corner crash at Monza earlier today which saw Max Neukirchner break a leg and Makoto Tamada a wrist.

Hill, who also suffered a fuelling problem in the first outing, was forced to jump on his second bike in the re-started first race which used the less powerful ignition map his team had installed for the last round at Assen.

"All I remember from the first race was a big thump as someone torpedo'd me, hitting the deck and there were bikes and people everywhere," said Hill, talking to bikesportnews.com this evening.


"I got on my second bike for the re-start as we didn't have time to swap motors. It had the engine map from Assen which is less powerful, which didn't help, and then I had a fuelling problem at the end.

"I got a great start in race two and was up to 11th but I wasn't getting drive out of corners and couldn't hold the slipstream. We didn't make many changes to the setup after another rider came third here last weekend on my bike. But he was lapping 1.7s slower than me.

"At the end of race two, I had to switch to another, slower engine map with around eight laps to go so we didn't run into the same fuelling problem we had in the first race..."

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