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NW200: Hillier targets podium comeback

James Hillier is aiming for a return to the rostrum at this year's North West 200 and feels he heads to the event with the best preparation possible.
James Hillier is aiming for a return to the rostrum at this year's North West 200 and feels he heads to the event with the best preparation possible with his Quattro Plant Muc-Off Kawasaki team.

Having starred at last year's Isle of Man TT with three podium finishes, as well as becoming the third-fastest rider in the history of the event, he struggled to take his charge to the top spots at last year's NW200.

With two podiums to his name at the Northern Irish event the 31-year-old is keen to make a return to the rostrum and is relishing this year after completing extensive testing both in Spain and in the UK.

“I'm feeling good and ready to get stuck in to be honest,” Hillier said. “I've probably done more testing than I've ever done before as we had a bit of work to do on the new ZX-10R but I'm ready as I'll ever be.

“I want to give a better account of myself at this year's NW200 and get back to the podium form I showed in 2012 and 2013 and with the weather forecast looking good, we've definitely got the potential to run at the sharp end.”

Hillier is set to line up in all of the classes at the NW200 with the Kawasaki ZX-10R for the Superbike and Superstock races, the Kawasaki ZX-6R for the Supersport, and the Kawasaki ER6 for the Supertwin races.

Team owner Pete Extance is anticipating a strong showing from Hillier and is confident he can use it as a strong stepping stone towards next month's Isle of Man TT.

“The whole team's really looking forward to getting back onto the roads and with the new ZX-10R, we can't wait to see it stretch its legs along the high speed straights of the North West,” Extance said. “It's James' first race of 2016 but he's fit and raring to go and with the forecast looking good, we're confident of getting some good results and having the ideal preparation prior to the TT.”

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James Hillier, Quattro Plant Kawasaki, [Credit: Quattro Plant Kawasaki]
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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