Perennial Mountain Course front runner James Hillier is confident of challenging for Supersport and 1000cc race wins at TT 2018, which will see him compete for the Bournemouth Kawasaki run Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki team.
Ultra consistent, quick, reliable, level headed the 2013 Lightweight TT winner is rightly regarded amongst the TT’s most complete exponents.
Looking back on TT 2017 if it wasn’t for misfortune in the pit lane he could well have secured a maiden big bike success in the RST Superbike race, whilst the opening Monster Energy Supersport encounter saw him finish a fine second in the process taking his total of TT rostrum finishes up to eight.
One of a select group of riders to have lapped the unparalleled Mountain Course at over the 132 mph mark, the Ringwood based racer has regularly mixed it, gone wheel to wheel and beat many of his highly decorated fellow front runners.
Speaking about his new international roads deal which will mark next year nine successive years of roads action with Bournemouth Kawasaki Racing, he stated:
“I feel really confident racing around the Mountain Course now and that’s in no small way thanks to Pete (Extance) and the Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki team. Last year I felt really good in all classes and this year I won’t be going in to any race thinking that I can’t win it.”
Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki, Team Boss Pete Extance added:
“It’s great to have James back on board for 2018. His consistency around the TT Mountain Course is remarkable and I feel that it’s only a matter of time before he stands on the top step of a superbike TT race podium.
We’d like to thank and welcome back the renewed support of John Murphy’s Quattro Plant team who were with us when we enjoyed our first TT win and many podiums since over the last five years.”
Words by Stevie Rial