Hillier second after superbike fuel blow
Like Michael Dunlop, James Hillier also went into the opening Supersport race with a point to prove having missed out of a sure-fire Superbike podium and even the chance of victory after losing a huge chunk of time in the pits due to a faulty fuel filler.
And just like Dunlop he delivered a brilliant start-to-finish performance that saw him lead early on before dropping to second on the partly damp track.
“To be honest I probably went a bit too safe in those wet spots. It’s very hard in lap one, you are learning as you go and obviously the track continues to change throughout the race, I could have taken more risks but it’s so easy to make a silly mistake under the trees. I rode with my head, used the boards, looked after the bike and we are here.
“It’s so nice to ride a 600 after wrestling a Superbike for six laps, ripping your arms out with your eyeballs spinning around. That was tough whereas this was really enjoyable.”
Hillier has been in fine form throughout this year’s TT and has looked smooth, measured and consistent as well as being impressively fast.
“It’s a big team effort, the whole thing from the cook right down to the cleaners and the wheel boy. It’s a good environment in our team and we enjoy racing, so to reward them with this is good. In the end I just let Michael go and didn’t ride above my limit.”
‘It’s nice to ride a 600 after wrestling a superbike around for six laps, ripping your arms out’
Hillier has been on the pace at 2017 TT