Hil­lier sec­ond af­ter su­per­bike fuel blow

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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

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