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Hillier on ex-WSBK Kawasaki for Classic TT bid

'It's good to back with the Jackson Racing team and I'm sure their Kawasaki will be more than a match for anything else out there' - James Hillier
Isle of Man TT Lightweight winner James Hillier will ride a Kawasaki ZXR750 in the Formula One race at next year's Classic TT.

Hillier, who earned his first victory on the Mountain Course in June in the Lightweight Supertwin class from Dean Harrison and Conor Cummins, will ride the machine for Jackson/Greenall Racing.

The Bournemouth man, who will remain in the Quattro Plant Kawasaki colours next year, also shone in the Senior race as he claimed a brilliant fourth behind John McGuinness, Michael Dunlop and Bruce Anstey.

The ZXR750 Hillier will ride at the Classic TT next August is an ex-World Superbike K1, which has been fully stripped down and rebuilt with the best parts available sourced from both the World Superbike and British Superbike paddocks.

Hillier said: “I really enjoyed the experience of last year's Classic TT and it's great to have a ride already sorted for next year's event.

“There's less pressure than at the TT and you can take it all in a bit more rather than being flat out all the time.

“It's good to back with the Jackson Racing team and I'm sure their Kawasaki will be more than a match for anything else out there.”

Greenall/Jackson Racing team principal Alan Jackson jnr still holds the Manx Grand Prix outright lap record with a speed of 122.208mph set in 2005.

Hillier has prior experience of working with the team having rode Alan Jackson's GSXR600 Suzuki in the Martin Bullock livery on his TT debut in 2008.

Jackson said: “The objective has been to build a package capable of challenging for the top step of the Classic TT Formula 1 Race and prove that a 750cc bike can win.

“We believe this is achievable with the tie up between ourselves (Greenall/Jackson Racing) and James Hillier as we've worked with James on his debut at the TT.

“James was the only choice for the rider when considering this package.”



Related Pictures

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James Hillier on the Lightweight TT podium with Ivan Lintin and Conor Cummins
Guy Martin on the Honda Fireblade at the Isle of Man TT.
Michael Dunlop at the Classic TT
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.

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