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Beckenham Superbiker Tommy Hill takes break from sport

PUBLISHED: 10:46 13 November 2012

British Superbike Championship
Brands Hatch
9/10/11
Beckenham's Tommy Hill won the championship
Picture by: Simon Hildrew

British Superbike Championship Brands Hatch 9/10/11 Beckenham's Tommy Hill won the championship Picture by: Simon Hildrew

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Former British Superbike Champion Tommy Hill is set to take a break from the sport in 2013 having finished this season in third place.

The Beckenham-born racer took the title in 2011 which he had hoped would act as a springboard into a higher tier of racing.

He claims the realisation of difficulty and funds needed to progress has taken its toll recently, as have years of “sacrificing everything”.

In a statement on his own website, Tommy said: “Over the last few years we have seen the British Superbike Championship grow in stature and gain a bigger following, but there comes a point in anyone’s life when they want to move forward.

“I have or may take my racing too seriously at times, and have always made my racing come first. But there comes a point when we may all need to take a step backwards and realise there is more to life.”

This will be the second season Tommy, 27, has missed in 20 years despite suffering a number of injuries including the loss of his spleen and a kidney early in his racing career.

Tweeting after his decision, the rider said: “Massive thanks for the individual tweets, this has been a very hard decision that I have needed to make. Great support.”

He will now continue with his design business, Imagedzign, and keep in contact with race teams over the next year.

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