The Swan Yamaha team is celebrating after the Tommy Hill secured a maiden British Superbike Championship title with a sensational performance in the final race of the year. In a thrilling finale he was beaten to the line by title rival John Hopkins by just 0.006sec.
Hill’s second place meant he was crowned champion with a two-point advantage at the end of the season.
Riding Yamaha's cross-plane crank YZF-R1 superbike, the final round was held at Brands Hatch circuit in Kent, England. Hill had to wait until the last race, the last lap and last corner to earn the coveted British Champion.
With that Rider’s championship also came the prestigious Manufacturer's championship, which was earned with the help of Tommy's team-mate Michael Laverty.
An excited Tommy said after the race, "I’m gobsmacked to have won the title for Swan Yamaha. I was trying to stay relaxed in that final race. This season has put a lot of pressure on everyone. We have been regularly finishing in the top three and that set the benchmark that the Swan Yamaha team has been working hard to make possible. It’s been a complete shock and I feel like we should be having another race next weekend! It wasn't until the other riders started congratulating me I even realized I’d won because it was so close between myself and Hopper."