The British Superbike Bournemouth Pr1mo Kawasaki team will return to the Isle of Man TT in June with exciting road race prospect James Hillier.
The 26-year-old from Hampshire will compete in the MCE British Superbike
Championship this season for the Kawasaki outfit but has also pencilled in the North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix.
Hillier has been making steady progress on the roads and won the prestigious Newcomers Trophy at the TT in 2008. He made his North West 200 debut in 2010 and caught the eye during qualifying for the event last May, finishing inside the top 10 in the Supersport, Superstock and Superbike classes before the north coast meeting was wiped out on race day by poor weather, a hoax bomb threat and an oil spill.
Hillier plans to ride in the SuperTwins 650 class this year and has received assistance from Ulster ace Ryan Farquhar, who has carried out the chassis work on his Kawasaki ER6.
The SuperTwins class will be catered for at the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT this season, adding extra depth to the race programme at both events.
Former Grand Prix rider Jeremy McWilliams will make his Irish road racing debut at the North West on a SuperTwin machine for Farquhar, with 12-times winner Michael Rutter also linked to the Dungannon rider's KMR Kawasaki squad for the NW200 and TT.
Hillier said he has his sights set on smashing the 130mph barrier as he returns to the Mountain Course for the fifth consecutive year.
His current fastest lap of the 37.73-mile circuit is127.661mph and Hillier is aiming high this June.
“I'm really looking forward to the year ahead and with regards to the TT I simply want to keep on improving and build upon the results I've achieved thus far.
“No one's getting slower so it's not getting any easier, but I've been steadily getting faster and would like to think I'll be there or thereabouts this year,” he said. “I'll take it as it comes though as that's the approach that's served me well and although I haven't set myself many targets, I would like to crack the 130mph barrier on the Superbike.
“I'll also be contesting the new Lightweight TT and am really excited about that. Ryan (Farquhar) has done all the chassis work for us with the ER6 Kawasaki, so it could be the one that gives me my best result.”