Tommy Hill - 2006 Rider Profile
2006 Rider Profiles
Residence Lingfield, Surrey
Date of Birth: 9 February 1985
Marital Status: Single
Hobbies: Weight Training, Trials Riding
Car: Vito Van
Fav. Food: Italian
First Road Race Brands Hatch 2001
Favourite Circuit Brands Hatch Indy
Favorite Race Virgin Mobile R6 Cup, Brands Hatch 2003
Ambition To be British Superbike Champion
Tommy Hill is without doubt one of the most exciting young riders the sport has seen for many years. The inaugural winner of the Virgin Mobile Cup in 2003, Hill from Lingfield in Surrey is with the Virgin Mobile British Superbike team for the third season.
21 year old 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. Tommy suffered a near fatal motocross accident when he was 14 when he lost a kidney and his spleen. As a result, he is susceptible to infections.
In 2003, Tommy tried his luck in the newly introduced Virgin Mobile Yamaha R6 Cup. He 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. He was also the only rider to finish all 13 races. Hill won the series with an impressive 21-point advantage and claimed his place in the 2003 Virgin Mobile Samsung British Superbike squad. 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 was also awarded the Steve Hislop Memorial Trophy for the Young Rider of the Year. Hill says; "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."
Tommy's meteoric rise to success continued in 2005, when Hill secured his first British Superbike Championship win at Cadwell Park in August. He continued to prove himself race on race and looks set to continue his development for the 2006 season.