James Hil­lier to race 888 at Clas­sic TT. Sheene’s Hall Of Fame in­duc­tion (at last) Can you be­lieve that?

James Hil­lier jumps on Ox­ford Prod­ucts 888 for a tilt at Se­nior Clas­sic TT 32 years af­ter a Du­cati last tri­umphed on the Moun­tain Course

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Isle of Man Tt-win­ner James Hil­lier will ride the ex-trevor Na­tion Du­cati 888 in this year’s Clas­sic TT races.

Hil­lier who won the 2013 Light­weight TT and fin­ished se­cond in this year’s Su­per­sport TT is ea­ger to get more Moun­tain Cir­cuit miles this year and is gag­ging to get on the big Duke. “I’m go­ing to try and make sure it’s the fastest 888 around the Is­land. I didn’t have a great TT this year by my stan­dards, and I want to make up for that in Au­gust,” he said. Aside from the epic Hail­wood come­back win in 1978, the last Du­catis to tri­umph on the Isle Of Man were in the hands of four times World For­mula 2 Cham­pion Tony Rut­ter who won the F2 TT four times, his last win com­ing in 1985. The ma­chine is not the bike Trevor Na­tion rode in 1992, but a pretty faith­ful mod­ern replica pre­pared by owner Stafford Evans. “It’s a real hon­our to be able to repli­cate the bike the team ran 25 years ago,” he said, “I think that with James at the ’bars we have a real shot at bring­ing home the top prize.”

Ox­ford’s mar­ket­ing man­ager Si­mon Bel­ton said, “We’re try­ing to get Rock Oil on board to sup­port us as this is an ef­fort purely by Ox­ford Prod­ucts to cel­e­brate a 25 year an­niver­sary, we’re not be­ing sup­ported in any way by Du­cati.”

Com­pe­ti­tion is hot at the Clas­sic TT and with 2015 win­ner Bruce An­stey lined up on the Pad­getts YZR500 start­ing as favourite, the on track bat­tles should be epic.

The Se­nior Clas­sic TT takes place 27 Au­gust.

Big Trevor Na­tion way back in 1992

Tony Rut­ter on the last Tt-win­ning Duke

Hil­lier and 888

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