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14 Times TT Podium Finisher Hillier Joins Johnson At OMG Racing

14 times TT podium finisher James Hillier will join Superbike Classic TT champ David Johnson in piloting next year S1000RR BMW’s in Superstock and Superbike trim for International roads newcomers OMG Racing.

For 2013 Lightweight TT winner Hillier, the switch to the ambitious, BSB winning OMG squad marks an exciting new era in his already ultra distinguished roads career.

Widely regarded as one of the most talented roads competitors of his generation, the Ringwood racer who will also pilot at next year’s North West 200 and TT Races, YZF R6 Yamaha machinery, is certain to be in the mix again for top calibre results.

Photo courtesy of OMG Racing Press Team

Commenting on his switch from Bournemouth Kawasaki to OMG (Oscroft/McPhail/Gardner) Racing, he candidly stated:

“I’m really looking forward to a new chapter in my career for 2020 with OMG Racing and riding the new BMW S1000RR and Yamaha R6.

Making the decision to leave Bournemouth Kawasaki, after a really great 10-year relationship, wasn’t one I took lightly. There are lots of challenges involved in moving teams and starting new relationships.

I’ve had an affinity with Kawasaki for 14 years now and switching machines throws up its own challenges, but I’m really excited by it all.”

He continued:

“OMG Racing are putting together a strong package around me, I’ll be working with a Crew Chief I know, and very closely with the team to develop the bike.

With any kind of motorsport, knowing when to make changes is pivotal to success. It’s definitely the right time for me to make this move and I can’t wait to get started!”

Photo courtesy of OMG Racing Press Team

OMG Racing Team Principal Paul Curran, stated about the Cannock based team’s decision to sign proven NW200, TT front runner Hillier:

“It’s fantastic to be working with James for the 2020 roads season, he brings a huge amount of experience and consistency to our team, as well as race-winning talent.

He’s one of the names fans always look for on the live timing, which shows he knows where the sharp end is.

The BMW S1000RR presents him with a new challenge as well, we’ve seen it’s a capable bike with the results from this year’s TT, so with James on-board we’re seriously looking for podium finishes.

Attracting James to the team adds to our credentials as a team and shows just how seriously we should be taken at the 2020 races, with him alongside Davo Johnson we have two riders capable of great things and great results.”

Co-Owner of OMG Racing, Alan Gardner provided additional comment:

“James Hillier is one of the biggest names in road racing from the last 10 years and has consistently finished inside the top 10, taking podiums and a race win on the way.

The fact that he has decided to take his first step into a new team with us adds a lot of weight to our attempt to really shake up road racing.

With James and Davo in our corner for the 2020 season, all eyes will be on us to give them a bike capable of putting them on the podium, and I have no doubt our team can deliver.

2020 is shaping up to be a seriously exciting year for us, both on the circuits in British Superbikes and now on the roads, we can’t wait to get started, to share it with our passionate fans and of course, give it our all to bring home some silverware!”

Words by Stevie Rial, quotes provided by OMG Racing Press Team

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