Faulty fuel filler may have cost Hil­lier dear

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The JG Speed­fit Bournemouth Kawasaki team were left rue­ing what could have been af­ter a faulty fuel filler cost them 16 sec­onds in their open­ing pit stop. Speak­ing to MCN af­ter the race, James Hil­lier said he felt ‘robbed’ af­ter miss­ing the podium by just two sec­onds af­ter the six-lap race, but even more frus­trat­ing for the team was that had they not lost those 16 sec­onds, math­e­mat­i­cally they would have won.

A switch of fuel filler for the sec­ond stop saw the team, who usu­ally com­pete with the Honda squad for the award of quick­est pit stop, saw the team dra­mat­i­cally re­duce their time from 1 minute 13 to 57 sec­onds.

“I feel a bit robbed but it’s just bad luck, isn’t it?” Hil­lier said. “Ev­ery­one has their fair share of that. It pisses me off los­ing the podium by two sec­onds. I should def­i­nitely have been up there.” Given the time lost was through no fault of their own, the team sub­mit­ted a protest against the re­sult. How­ever, while race stew­ards were able to con­firm the filler used by the team was faulty, they were un­able to award Hil­lier with any of the time lost as there would be too many ‘ifs, buts and maybes’ as to where he would have fin­ished. “While up­set, the team will ac­cept the stew­ards’ de­ci­sion and would like to thank of­fi­cials for their help with this mat­ter and for agree­ing with the is­sue,” read a state­ment from the philo­soph­i­cal squad.

Hil­lier and Hutchy bat­tle it out in the Su­per­bike TT

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