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Hill Regains Form To Win Shannonville Sportsmen’s Lightweight Title


SHANNONVILLE, Ontario - Route 68 Sales and Service is finally, officially a champion.

Owner and driver of the Route 68 Sales and Service Suzuki Motorcross team, Ken Hill of Heuvelton, captured his first RACE Sportsmens Lightweight Title at Shannoville Ontario Motorsports Park last weekend.

Down 88-76 in the final points race of the season with Brian Peterson of Brampton, Ont., Hill needed a good run but Friday night rain flooded three corners of the track and Saturday’s practice was a wash.

On a windy, sunny but cold Sunday Hill posted 25 points avoided any pitfalls to claim a 101 point total for the season and a division title.

“After not racing at all in 2011 and missing it I got back to the track this year,” said the veteran Motorcycle enthuasist Hill who has placed second twice in the series in the past.

“I didn’t make the first race in the series so my first one back was the second round which was the Canadian Superbike National weekend . They had never run my class at the National weekend before. This year my class Lightweight and Middleweight Sportsman were picked as the filler classes which was a nice suprise. It was fun racing in front of a bigger crowd and there was a TV crews there filming for Canadian TV networks,” said Hill.

Being off the track for a year, the National Superbike weekend saw Hill struggle.

“We didn’t get as much practice as normal because the pros got most of the track time which hurt me because I hadn’t been on the race bike or track in a year and a half so I didn’t get 100 per cent back up to speed. My confidence wasn’t there yet to go flat out but I placed fifth. Not bad but obviously I wanted to get back on the podium,” Hill added.

As the season progressed and track time became more available, Hill caught right back to speed.

After placing second in the fourth week of eight scheduled reaces, Hill endured a race day of very hot weather on the third weekend of July.

“It was 96 in the shade. Everytime coming in off the track we were just dripping wet. Full leathers are hot! I had a couple fans going to try and get things dried out and I chugged alot of water. The track was greasy because of the heat but I managed to get another second,” Hill noted.

In round five, Hill almost crashed twice; something that had shorten his season several years ago.

“The first one was a big front end slide. I knew the front tire was about due to be changed and it let me know. The fourth lap of the first practice that Saturday morning I lost the front, left about a four-foot blackie before it regripped. By then I was up over the curb and out in the grass. I got back on the track and immediately pitted and put on a new front. That was all the warning I needed,” Hill noted.

Hill against dodged another bullet.

“The second almost crash was on the start of the final on Sunday. I usually get good starts but this one was horrible. I wheelied twice and was hanging off the side of the bike thinking I’m going to crash this thing at the start. I finally got straightend up but by then everyone had gone by. But I still mananged to claw my way back up to get second again,” he noted

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