The Swan Yamaha team ended their 2012 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship with a podium finish at Brands Hatch as Tommy Hill claimed a third place finish in the final race of the season to secure third in the overall standings.
In the second race of the weekend Hill was forced to settle for sixth place but in the last race of the season he fought through to fifth place, but as Alex Lowes and Michael Laverty crashed out on the final lap he was promoted to third. Noriyuki Haga ended his season with a pair of top ten finishes in ninth and tenth respectively.
Hill said: "You have a lot of ups and downs in this sport. I have had a lot of downs throughout my career and last season it paid off. I knew it was going to be difficult this weekend and it has been a fantastic year but unfortunately for me the results at the start of the season don't mean as much in the Showdown. The Showdown didn't go so well for me and I feel deflated more than anything because of the bad luck. The facts are that everyone is riding hard and at the top of their game. Shakey is a deserved champion and we finished top three this year. I trained hard and gave it 110% and that was what is important."
Haga said: "Today was difficult again and we tried for a good result. In both races I pushed hard but with a bad grid position it made it not easy. I want to thank the team for their support this season."
Team manager Shaun Muir concluded: "I just want to say a big thank you to all our sponsors and everyone all season who have given such fantastic support. We have been beaten over the final three rounds of the season but we also want to congratulate Shakey on his success. We now look forward to a winter of hard work to ensure we come back in 2013 ready to fight for the title again. Thanks to Tommy, Nori, Wesley and James as they have all put in a lot of hard work over the last twelve rounds, as have the entire Swan Yamaha crew."
|1||S Byrne / Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki||683|
|2||J Brookes / Tyco Suzuki||655|
|3||T Hill / Swan Yamaha||612|
|4||A Lowes / WFR Honda||584|
|5||M Laverty / Samsung Honda||581|
|6||T Bridewell / Supersonic BMW||577|
|7||J Westmoreland / WFR Honda||182|
|8||N Haga / Swan Yamaha||160|