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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
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