Getting in the Superbike Spirit
It felt like only yesterday that we were spraying the podium floor with champagne after our team, Swan Yamaha, won the BSB 2011 Championships. Yet here we are, in what seems like the blink of a (joy-filled teary) eye, revved up and ready to do it all again.
For those of you who aren’t fans of British superbiking, it’s high time you got a look in as we fast approach the beginning of a fresh new 2012 season, kicking off at Brands Hatch on Good Friday (6th April). If 2011’s BSB was one of the most talked about superbike championships in history, then one can only imagine the trepidation around this season.
Making up our talented team are 2011 BSB champion Tommy Hill, and new addition, Noriyuki Haga, who his fans like to call the ‘Samurai of Slide’.
Tommy Hill, who at the age of 27 is still one of the youngest riders taking part in the championship, seems far from conceited after last year’s victory, and is, as you’d expect, gagging to get on the grid and get off to a reassuring start. As he rightly recalls “the last time we raced at the circuit we ended up by leaving with the team’s biggest achievement to date – the title. We just want to pick up where we left off.”
Following his previous Swan Yamaha team mate Michael Laverty’s move to Samsung Honda for 2012, Noriyuki Haga looks set to be a very suitable replacement. Having competed in numerous Japanese and international championships for the best part of twenty years, Nori competed several times in the Superbike World Championship, finishing runner-up on three occasions.
So even with a confident and capable team, Tommy Hill, who of course has developed quite the taste for BSB glory is fully aware “you can’t underestimate anyone and I think there are likely to be a few surprises. There are lots of equal teams, underdogs and riders wanting to make a step up from last year and of course us wanting to defend the title! I won’t be counting anybody out.”
We’re struggling to contain the titillation around the pre-season build up, and while we hope you’ll excuse our bias, we reckon both Tommy and Nori will put up a fair fight against the other competitors on this season’s grid.
As you’d expect, all the advance tickets for each event have unfortunately sold out, but tickets will be available to purchase at the gate.
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