Tommy Hill - 2005 Rider Profile
Regarded by many as one of the UK's brightest and
most talented up-and-coming riders, Tommy is sure
to capitalise on his rookie year with Team Virgin
Mobile Samsung as he teams up with Sean Emmett and
remains with the team for a second year after an
amazing debut season.
Tommy found his road racing feet in the 125 Aprilla
Superteen class before graduating through Junior
Superstock and onto the Superstock Championship
in 2002, where he competed on a Yamaha R1. However,
he was unable to finish the season after contracting
a serious bout of food poisoning, (Tommy suffered
a near fatal motorcross accident when he was 14
which left the Lingfield-based rider without a spleen
and only one kidney and therefore susceptible to
infections). Despite missing five rounds he still
finished the highest placed Yamaha rider at the
end of the season.
In 2003 Tommy tried his luck in the newly introduced
Virgin Mobile Yamaha R6 Cup. Once again, Tommy rose
to the challenge as he competed in one of the most
competitive series on the British Superbike race
card. Racing on identical bikes and against top-riders
of his class, Hill won two races making his way
to the rostrum ten times, and was the only rider
to finish all 13 races. Unlike his rivals Tommy
scored points in every race, and despite being handicapped
by the drop-score system (riders dropped their worst
two scores) Hill won the series with an impressive
21-point advantage and claimed his place in the
2003 Virgin Mobile Samsung British Superbike squad.
The meteoric rise of Tommy has not stopped there.
In his rookie year, Tommy not only qualified on
the front row on two occasions and became the youngest
rider ever to do so; he also had the honour of being
awarded the Steve Hislop Memorial Trophy for the
Young Rider of the Year.
Hill commented: "To receive such a trophy is a
great honour especially when you are voted by Niall
McKenzie and John Reynolds, both triple Superbike
Champions themselves. It certainly will take pride
of place at home. I may not have picked up a superbike
trophy yet but this certainly will do nicely for
now. Last year was fantastic, I still have to pinch
myself when I think that I am riding in a world
class superbike team. I know this year will be even
tougher than before. The British Superbike Championship
is in a league of its own."
Team boss Rob McElnea commented: "We created the
Virgin Mobile Yamaha R6 Cup to find stars of the
future; riders with determination, flare and talent.
We always knew Tommy was worthy of that. We are
delighted to have Tom stay with the team. He really
did prove himself beyond everyone's expectations
this year and, the hard work; commitment and strong
results are the reasons why I signed him for another
Born: 9 February 1985
Lives: Lingfield, Surrey
Height: 5' 9"
First Road-race: Brands Hatch, 2001
Favourite track: Brands Hatch, Indy
Favourite race: Virgin Mobile R6 Cup, Brands Hatch,
Ambition: To one day win the British Superbike