HILLIER SECOND BUT WANTS A WIN
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