From TT to Erzberg


Fresh from three top four fin­ishes at the 2017 TT, and the best crash/not crash in the Se­nior race, James Hil­lier packed away his tro­phy and leathers, swapped his Kawasaki ZXœ10R for a KLX450R, waved good­bye to Dou­glas and set off for Aus­tria and a whole dif­fer­ent world of lu­nacy at the Erzberg Rodeo to take part in his first Hard En­duro. Erzberg is eas­ily com­pa­ra­ble to the TT in terms of mo­tor­cy­cle mad­ness says the Bournemouth racer: ‘Most peo­ple into bikes know about Erzberg but un­til I got here I never ap­pre­ci­ated what it is ac­tu­ally like. TV doesn’t do it jus­tice. It is sim­i­lar to the TT in that way – ev­ery­one who goes to the TT for the first time is shocked be­cause it is just so dif­fer­ent to what it looks like on telly.’ James qual­i­fied for the main race and made it to a cred­itable eighth check­point be­fore he broke a ra­di­a­tor and had to re­tire.

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