Isle of Man TT win­ner and 132mph lap club mem­ber

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TT rider James Hillier’s favourite things

AT THE 2015 Isle of Man TT, Bournemouth Kawasaki team rider James, now 30, joined the ex­clu­sive five-mem­ber 132mph Club when, on his way to se­cond place in the Se­nior TT, he set the third-fastest lap in TT his­tory, at 132.414mph. He also set a new lap record in the Light­weight TT, fin­ish­ing se­cond, and was third in the Su­per­bike TT. He be­came a YouTube sen­sa­tion with a mil­lion hits when he pow­ered the new Kawasaki H2R Turbo road bike to 206mph on the TT course. James started tri­als rid­ing at six but be­came ob­sessed with rac­ing when his dad took him to the TT when he was 11. As a teenager he was 1998 Mini Moto Bri­tish Ju­nior Cham­pion, fin­ished third in the 2002 Bri­tish Aprilia 125cc Chal­lenge and fourth in the 2004 Yamaha R6 Cup, be­fore pro­gress­ing to Bri­tish Su­per­bikes. In his first IoM TT in 2008 he was awarded Best New­comer, and in 2013 he won the Light­weight TT – then turned pro­fes­sional. He also races in the North West 200, at Ma­cau and the IoM Clas­sics. He’s re­cently started his own on­line mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ces­sory busi­ness,

1 // In the 2008 TT I won Best New­comer and two sil­ver repli­cas, but I was also awarded this Best New­comer tro­phy by the mar­shals, and it re­ally means a lot. I’ve got a real hunger to suc­ceed at the TT and now it seems to be com­ing good.

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6 // This Gra­ham watch was the prize for win­ning my first TT, the 2013 Light­weight for 650cc twins. In four years I’ve had a win and three sec­onds and I hold the lap record at 120.848mph. It’s my slow­est and least for­giv­ing TT bike but I have to ride it the hard­est to main­tain the speed.

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7 // I’ve raced at scary Ma­cau four times and I wore this hel­met in 2012 when I brushed a wall at 120mph. That woke me up. I dreamed up the ‘dy­na­mite’ logo in 2005 and have used it ever since.

8 // This is from the Isle of Man TT lap board. I av­er­aged 132.414mph on the fi­nal lap of the 2015 Se­nior TT race, which was my fastest-ever lap – but also the third-fastest in TT his­tory. Ev­ery­thing just clicked and it didn’t feel that fast. I’m very proud of that.

10 // I wore th­ese Dainese leathers when I won my TT in 2013 and they were pris­tine. In early 2014 I did a Su­per­bike race at Brands Hatch and crashed at 160mph when the throt­tle stuck. They saved my skin but the ac­ci­dent ru­ined them.

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2 // Guy Far­brother – in this sketch – was my best mate. We grew up to­gether, raced in the Mini Moto Cham­pi­onship and al­ways pushed each other on. He joined the Red Bull Rook­ies in the 125cc Bri­tish Cham­pi­onship but in 2003, aged only 18, he was trag­i­cally killed in a road bike ac­ci­dent. I’m now rac­ing for the both of us.

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9 // A few years ago a load of us had Honda 90s and we had so much fun. We would tear up to Lon­don on them on the back­roads. We’d be flat out and slip­stream­ing each other all the way, but they only do about 55-60mph.

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4 // My 1997 VW T4 Trans­porter is my pride and joy. I bought it three years ago and con­verted it into a camper my­self. A er the 2013 TT, my wife and son and I toured Spain and the South of France in it for six weeks, and we’ve had many more great times in it since.

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3 // I started tri­als rid­ing when I was six years old and now I’ve taken up clas­sic twin-shock tri­als. I bought this 1986 Honda TLR 200 a year ago and to­tally re­built it. I en­joy work­ing on bikes as much as I do rid­ing them.

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5 // I wore this hel­met in 2012 for a video we made on the IoM TT course ad­ver­tis­ing the new Kawasaki 636. The po­lice closed the roads and I had the whole moun­tain sec­tion to my­self with a track­ing he­li­copter above. It won an award and I’ve since done an­other six com­mer­cials for Kawasaki.


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