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TT 2016: Hillier targets maiden Superbike win

'Last year was a good year for me and it's all about trying to win a big bike race now. I've done pretty much everything else at the TT but win one' - James Hillier
James Hillier says his full focus is on winning the Superbike and Senior races at this year's Isle of Man TT.

The Quattro Plant Muc-Off Kawasaki rider became the third fastest man in history around the Mountain Course with a lap of 132.414mph in last year's Senior, when he finished as the runner-up behind Honda's John McGuinness.

Hillier, who also stood on the podium after taking third in the Superbike race in 2015, has his hands full at the festival with six races on the cards, but the 31-year-old has made no bones about his top objective.

“Last year was a good year for me and it's all about trying to win a big bike race now. I've done pretty much everything else at the TT but win one,” Hillier said.

“I've won the Lightweight race, taken podiums in the big bikes races and lapped at more than 132mph but my aim is to win a big bike race for sure. I've done my apprenticeship and have worked my way up so feel confident that I can do it.”

Hillier was ruled out of the North West 200 after suffering a bang to the head when he came off during the Saturday Superstock race.

It wasn't the best preparation for the TT, but Hillier left Northern Ireland feeling positive nonetheless.

“Apart from the crash, obviously, I was pretty happy with how the North West went,” he said.

“In terms of the racing, all of the bikes were good, which I knew they would be, and we there or thereabouts in every class. I felt competitive and pleased with my own riding so I'm just ready for the TT now.”

Hillier won the Lightweight TT in 2013 and has never finished lower than second place since the class was introduced in 2012, when Ryan Farquhar was the inaugural winner.

He also established a new lap record on his 650cc Kawasaki last year, with a speed of 120.848mph.

The Hampshire rider, who will ride Kawasaki machinery in the Supersport and Superstock races at the TT, finished inside the top six in each of the six races he entered last year.

Related Pictures

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James Hillier in action at the Isle of Man 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.
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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