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Cooper and Hillier preparing for roads challenge

'The team are pushing the boat out for me this year and we are entering six races at the TT which means it's going to be a busy fortnight' - Dan Cooper
Rising young road racing prospects Dan Cooper and James Hillier are set to kick off their bid for international recognition at the North West 200 in May.

Former 125cc British champion Dan Cooper has confirmed his place on the grid at the first big international road race of the year with the Centurion Racing team, while James Hillier has joined Irishman Steve Heneghan in the Quattro Plant Kawasaki colours for the 2013 roads campaign.

Last year, Hillier secured a terrific podium finish in the Superstock race behind Michael Rutter and Alastair Seeley.

The 27-year-old Bournemouth racer also earned a rostrum result at the Isle of Man TT when he claimed the runner-up spot behind Ulster's Ryan Farquhar in the inaugural Supertwin race on the Mountain Course.

Hillier finished in the top seven in all five solo races at the TT to wrap up fifth position overall in the Joey Dunlop TT Championship and underpin his reputation as a rider with a bright future in the sport.

Cooper made his North West 200 debut in 2012, achieving a best result of 10th position in the second Supersport race.

A British Supersport regular, Cooper will ride a Honda Fireblade in the Superbike and Superstock classes, plus a Triumph 675 and a Kawasaki ER6 in the Supertwin races at the NW200, TT and Ulster Grand Prix.

He is also set to partner Guy Martin on the Team Molnar Manx Nortons at the inaugural Classic TT races in August during an exciting year for the 24-year-old.

“I'm really looking forward to the North West 200, TT and Ulster Grand Prix as these are my main priorities for this year - I just can't wait to get started.

“The team are pushing the boat out for me this year and we are entering six races at the TT which means it's going to be a busy fortnight.

“They are building me a Superbike, so that will be the first time I've raced round there on slicks and hopefully we can lap in excess of 125mph on that,” added Cooper, who finished 10th in the second Supersport race at the TT last June, two years after he made his debut in 2010.

“I'm hoping to improve on my top ten finish in the Supersport race also but the faster you go, the harder it is to find that little extra time.

“I'm hoping I can get a couple of good results at the North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix as well, as I led a race at Dundrod last year, and then later in the year I'll be teaming up with Guy Martin at the Manx Grand Prix - how good is that!”



Related Pictures

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Dan Cooper - Centurion Racing
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki in the Senior TT.
Peter Hickman in the Senior TT on the Smiths BMW.
Michael Dunlop on the Bennetts Suzuki in the Senior TT.
Bruce Anstey on his way to victory in the TT Zero race.
Guy Martin on the Honda Racing Superbike.
Alan Bonner was killed in an incident at the 33rd Milestone.
Jochem van den Hoek.
Michael Rutter took victory in the Lightweight TT on the Italian Paton.
Dan Kneen celebrates with his team after sealing his maiden Isle of Man TT rostrum in the Superstock race.
Ian Hutchinson celebrates his Superstock victory.
Ian Hutchinson on his way to victory in the Superstock TT on the Tyco BMW.
Davey Lambert in the RST Superbike race.
A Sidecar narrowly missed spectators in an incident that was captured in a video posted on YouTube.
James Hillier on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki in the opening Supersport TT race.
Michael Dunlop in the Supersport TT.
Michael Dunlop on his Yamaha in the Supersport TT.
Peter Hickman claimed his maiden podium at the Isle of Man TT with a runner-up finish in the RST Superbike race.

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Lickey - Unregistered

January 29, 2013 10:44 PM

Nice and easy fellas, learn the "roads" prepare yourselves for the thrill of your life, Your fans will back you up, and of course us oldies who want to see a newcomer do well,,

Smokin' - Unregistered

January 30, 2013 12:32 PM

Dan has done three years now and he says he knows his way around, just working on speed here and there. He has a great attitude to building speed bit by bit. A real prospect, and he loves the island.



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