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Hill wins & extends championship lead at Thruxton

Tommy Hill took a win and a second today at Thruxton, round two of the British Superbike Championship, to significantly increase his lead in championship standings.

With an identical scorecard to Brands Hatch, the Worx Crescent Suzuki rider again put together a commanding performance in race one and then backed it up with a strong performance in race two, limiting his risks, building his championship lead.

Yukio Kagayama built on his front row qualifying, dicing for the lead in race one showing - as he did in the Cartegena winter tests - that he has speed the equal of his team-mate. After a third place finish in the first outing Kagayama was promising better still for the second race. But it wasn't to be - riding on identical bike settings to the first race (as was Hill's machine) Kagayama's rear tyre developed a severe loss of grip after just three laps and never recovered. He fought on to finish a creditable 11th for a precious handful of points.

Tommy Hill: "There's not much to say! Another two fantastic results and to come away with a much bigger championship lead is a great bonus. I've been a bit stiff today after that 120mph highside yesterday but, to be honest, once you're on the bike and the adrenalin is flowing you don't notice it.

"It was good to have Yukio up there this weekend and properly racing - and if he gave it to me I gave it to him back! But that's exactly how racing should be, we're team-mates in the pits, but we're competitors on the track. I think the pair of us are now really looking forward to Oulton Park."

Yukio Kagayama: "That first race was so enjoyable, a return to normality. The result is not so bad, but could have been better - at one point I was leading but near the end there I lost a second on Tommy and Josh and while I got it back, it was too late. Great to be on the podium.

"For race two, what can I say - I think the phrase is 'shit happens'! The rear tyre felt like it punctured and after five laps my race was finished. I carried on but the feeling was very scary and it was very difficult, but I raced for some points. After everything I am happy, the bike and the team are working very well and I'm looking forward to Oulton Park - here I couldn't remember anything, but Oulton Park I can remember much about."