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Hillier tipped for honours at 2013 Isle of Man TT races

'I firmly believe James will be challenging for top honours on the Isle of Man in 2013' - Pete Extance
Quattro Plant Kawasaki team boss Pete Extance is confident James Hillier will be a major podium contender at this year's Isle of Man TT races.

Hillier has been retained by the official Kawasaki UK British Superbike outfit for the 2013 roads campaign and is joined by Ireland's Steve Heneghan.

Extance said: “It is great to have James back on board again in 2013. He has a great relationship with his crew chief and the staff in the team and has become part of the Kawasaki family.

“I firmly believe James will be challenging for top honours on the Isle of Man in 2013.

“We are also looking forward to working with Steve Heneghan for the first time and we will be looking to help Steve improve his times at this year's TT.”

Bournemouth rider Hillier finished a as the runner-up to Ryan Farquhar in the Lightweight Supertwin race last year at the TT and finished fifth overall in the Joey Dunlop TT Championship after finishing in the top seven in all five solo races.

He has a fastest lap of 127.828mph set in last year's Dainese Superbike race, which makes him the 17th fastest TT rider of all time.

Paul Phillips, TT and Motorsport Manager, Isle of Man Government, said: “James has steadily improved every year on the Mountain Course and I believe that he is now in the perfect position to be challenging for podiums and wins across all classes.

“He represents the next generation of TT stars and I'm sure will be a fans favourite for many years to come.”

Related Pictures

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James Hillier at the Isle of Man TT in 2012
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.
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.
Michael Dunlop at the start of the RST Superbike race on the Bennetts Suzuki.

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Nick - Unregistered

January 30, 2013 9:35 PM

For me DJ is still the lap record holder. He was doing 127mph laps before they straightened Windy corner & in particular Brandish corner, which back then was an 70/80mph corner - it's now flat out in 5th or something like that & the whole place is a lot smoother tarmac! Still miss the Big man showing them how it was done.

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