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Lightweight Manx GP Champ, Classic TT Podium Finisher Hind Talks TT Step Up

Given the tremendous, impeccable form he showed during last August’s Classic TT Races/Manx Grand Prix, it wasn’t surprising to see many road racing insiders excited at the prospect of James Hind joining the TT Races entry.

With what have been the scheduled first practice session of TT 2020, taking place this Sunday, it’s a good time to gain the rapid rising roads star’s perspectives on a series of TT inked topics.

Prior to the Covid-19 outbreak cancelling this year’s TT 2020, Hind’s maiden TT tenure was set to see him pilot a Bass Tyre Services / NLC backed YZF R6 Yamaha for the Monster Energy Supersport races.

Photo by Mark Corlett

Whilst his prime steed for the Bennetts Lightweight race, would have been one of the highly competitive S1-R Paton’s ran by the Team ILR (Ian Lougher Racing) with Mark Coverdale squad.

Candidly speaking about what were his main goals for TT 2020, he said:

“For TT 2020 there was no goals only to go and improve on what I did previously and just enjoy riding some new machines and enjoy doing my first TT.

I was looking forward to all three races but especially the Lightweight on that Paton, reckon it would of been nice to ride through the tight and twisty bits.”

When posed the question about whether their is any particular racer he regard’s as the yardstick at present when it comes to Mountain Course affiliated competition, his succinct answer was:

“The yardstick is the fastest man on the time sheets on each day so we’ll just aim at that.”

Fully focused on making now a successful transition to TT affiliated action in 2021, the Junior/Lightweight Manx GP lap record holder is taking a relaxed but professional approach when looking ahead to next year’s two week stint on Manx shores:

“I wouldn’t say I’m eager just very focused on next year now, just hope this virus has gone before we get going again.”

Words by Stevie Rial

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