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James Hil­lier ban­ished his dis­ap­point­ment at not get­ting on the podium in Sun­day’s Su­per­bike TT race with a run­ner- up fin­ish in Mon­day’s Su­pers­port race. The 32-year-old was gut­ted to fin­ish fourth af­ter lead­ing the big bike race be­fore a slow pit­stop cost him a ros­trum place.

“It’s ob­vi­ously where I want to be and we pre­pare hard for it but prov­ing to my­self that we can be up the sharp end is good,” he said af­ter Mon­day’s ride to sec­ond place be­hind Michael Dun­lop.

“We’ve been knock­ing on the door of the podium for a few years and now we’re knock­ing on the door of wins, so we just need that fi­nal push. I’ll be dis­ap­pointed if I can’t se­cure a win this week as it’s def­i­nitely within our abil­ity and the bikes are good enough. I feel con­fi­dent in all classes, I’d even say the 600 is one of my weaker classes but we’ve just been out there fight­ing and come home sec­ond so I’ll take that.

“I want to win. I’m not dis­ap­pointed with sec­ond but ul­ti­mately I want to win, it’s a long year to wait around for an­other TT to try and win again.” he added.

“I’m de­ter­mined to get one in the bag this week. We’re ready for it. I’m not say­ing I won’t go home happy if I don’t win but that’s the goal.”

Un­like most of his ri­vals, Hil­lier main­tains a laid back ap­proach to his road rac­ing.

“I’ve done it my way, I’ve gone steady and fo­cused on learn­ing and now we’re putting that into prac­tice. Some peo­ple go fast more quickly than oth­ers but I take my time, I feel in control and don’t ride be­yond my abil­ity. There were a few mo­ments in the Su­per­bike race yes­ter­day that I was out of the seat, push­ing and try­ing hard which isn’t re­ally how I’d ride round here but that’s what you’ve got to do to be at the front.”

“The 600 race was quite tame, it was rel­a­tively steady, I had no big mo­ments and just en­joyed rid­ing it.”

‘I want to win. I am ready for it and I feel in control and around here’ JAMES HIL­LIER

Hil­lier made Dun­lop work hard for win

Hick­man, Dun­lop and Hiller shake hands af­ter a hard-fought Su­pers­port race

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