JAMES HILLIER GETS FIRST TASTE OF TT VICTORY IN LIGHTWEIGHT TT RACE

James Hillier

James Hillier

On the final day of the Isle of Man TT motorcycle races Dainese-supported James Hillier scored his first TT win in the Lightweight TT race, with fellow Dainese-man Conor Cummins in third position. Bathed in glorious sunshine the 37.7-mile mountain course gave the perfect conditions for the three-lap race.

This year Hillier was presented with the number one plate and was the first rider to set-off on the legendary mountain course. Riding a Kawasaki ER6 machine, Hillier smashed a new lap record and a new race record for the Lightweight TT with an 119.1298mph lap. With temperatures high round the course, Hillier pushed hard on his last lap and crossed the line eight seconds ahead of the second placed rider.

Meanwhile Conor Cummins scored his first podium finish of this year’s TT in third place. After a difficult few years getting fit and recovering from a crash in 2010, Cummins has worked hard to regain his fitness and step back onto a TT podium. The Manx-man was aboard a KMR Kawasaki, a machine he’d not ridden until practice for the 2013 TT races got underway.

Later in the day for the Senior TT Hillier pulled out all the stops and finished the six-lap race in fourth position. The race was restarted after an incident on the first lap, and Hillier impressed by keeping behind John McGuinness to score admiral lap times. It looked to be another podium finish for Hillier in third place, but a last lap push from Anstey meant Hillier took fourth. Fellow Dainese riders Guy Martin finished fifth and Conor Cummins was forced to retired on his fifth lap.

Speaking after the Lightweight TT James Hillier commented:

I am just speechless and so happy to have won that race, my first TT. I pushed hard on the last lap, but was watching the temperature and paranoid about doing damage to the bike. I’m over the moon with the 119.128mph lap. I didn’t think the bike was capable of doing that speed! Thank you to all my team for their hard work and dedication, we’ve finally done it.

Speaking after the Lightweight TT Conor Cummins:

I am delighted to be here in third place, it has been a long battle getting fit but to be back on the podium feels amazing! The KMR Kawasaki is a great bike and such fun to ride. I hadn’t ridden it before, and practice here was my first time and I gelled straight away – I’d advise everyone to have a go on one! A huge thanks to everyone who has helped and supported me along the way, it feels great.

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