Hill cautious over need to win at Assen

Tommy Hill admits he faces a tricky conundrum of targeting race wins versus ensuring consistent podium finishes at Assen this weekend as the Showdown kicks off in Holland.

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Tommy Hill

Hill knows only too well the pain and ecstasy the three-round play-off style end to the MCE Insurance British Superbike season can throw up.

Last season he was only able to toast victory – his first ever overall – in the narrowest of fashions as he edged out American John Hopkins in the final round of the season at Brands Hatch.

Twelve months earlier Hill was a broken man having gone into the final round of the season with the championship lead only to crash and see Japanese rider Ryuichi Kiyonari claim all three race victories and clinch the title.

As a result Hill is sagely cautioning against putting all his eggs in one basket this weekend while also acutely aware he needs to hit the ground running at the iconic Dutch circuit.

Hill has a ten point lead heading into the final three rounds of the 2012 season however the Swan Yamaha rider is not taking anything for granted.

“I am going into this round not thinking about the ten point lead as the standings can easily change,” he said.

“We are all riding hard and want those wins, but we also need to be consistent as none of us can afford not to finish races.”

Hill will be part of a little bit of history at the Dutch circuit as the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship races on the continent for the first time.

The track is nicknamed the cathedral of motorcycle racing and Hill – who will go head-to-head with Alex Lowes, Tommy Bridewell, Shane Byrne, Michael Laverty and Josh Brookes for the title – admits he can’t wait to get started on the weekend’s action.

He added: “It’s really exciting to be going to Assen for the first round of the Showdown and it will be a great experience for all of us.”

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