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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
James Hillier in the Senior race at the Isle of Man TT
Guy Martin in the Senior TT
John McGuinness on the Honda Fireblade in the Senior race at the Isle of Man TT
Senior TT race winner Michael Dunlop
Dean Harrison on his way to victory in the Lightweight TT
Michael Dunlop on the BMW Motorrad S1000RR in the Senior TT
Michael Dunlop, Conor Cummins and Guy Martin on the Senior TT podium
Dean Harrison on the Mar-Train Racing Yamaha in the Supersport TT
William Dunlop on the Tyco Suzuki Supersport machine at the Isle of Man TT
John McGuinness on the Valvoline Padgetts Honda in the Superstock race at the Isle of Man TT
Michael Dunlop lines up at the start of the second Supersport TT race
John McGuinness on the Mugen Shiden in the TT Zero race
Bruce Anstey and Michael Dunlop shake hands at the Isle of Man TT after the second Supersport race
Michael Dunlop on his MD Racing Honda in the Supersport TT
John McGuinness on the Mugen machine at the Isle of Man TT
John McGuinness
Karl Harris at the Isle of Man TT

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