Hillier confirmed for Greenall Racing at Classic TT 2015

Hillier confirmed for Greenall Racing at Classic TT 2015

Isle of Man TT race winner James Hillier will return to the 2015 Bennetts Classic TT where he will once again ride for Greenall Racing.

The 2013 Lightweight TT winner will ride the Greenall Racing ZXR750K Kawasaki in the four-lap Motorsport Merchandise Formula 1 Classic TT Race and will be aiming to go one better than last year when he took a strong second place behind Bruce Anstey.

The Ringwood-based rider lapped at an impressive 121.469mph on his way to the runners-up spot and won the Joey Dunlop trophy for the first 750cc Formula 1 bike home and he was also the fastest bike through the Sulby speed trap at 174mph.

The ZXR 750 that Hillier will be riding has been built by Greenall Racing and has been extensively updated to compete at this year’s Classic TT. The team is well established within road racing circles as they were originally formed over 30 years ago and since then have had many successes on the Mountain Course and the Irish roads with riders including Bill Ingham, Geoff Johnson, Steve Hazlett, Bob Jackson, Jim Hodson and Jim Moodie.

They also prepared the 926cc Ducati for the late Simon Beck, which he rode when finishing 3rd in the 1995 Formula 1 race, splitting the 4 factory Hondas as well as building the popular Lancastrian’s factory ZX7RR Kawasaki’s.

Commenting on his return to the Classic TT, James said:

“I had loads of fun last year at the Classic TT with the team and I’m really pleased to be going back again to hopefully go one better than last year.  Even though the meeting is fairly informal, everyone is still gunning for a win and it’s really competitive between the riders. Classic racing on the Isle of Man is definitely a different experience to racing at the TT but the course is still the same and no one will be more pleased than me if I can get the ZXR onto the top step.”

As in previous years, Greenall Racing is also thankful to be supported at the Classic TT by Jackson Racing.

James Hillier at Waterworks on the climb out of Ramsey, Classic TT 2014.
Photo by Dave Kneen

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Bike Show Easter Sunday

Bike Show Easter Sunday

Hi all, just a reminder the Bike Show in Carlow (beside Railway Station) is on Easter Sunday only.Admission 7euro. Raffle Bike this year is a Kawasiki ZX-10 tickets are 2.50euro and gates open 10am. Over 100 Classic Bikes on display, autojumble. Sell your bike for 10euro, including admission. See you there.:biggrin_old:
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Pedrosa confirms further surgery to fix arm pump issues

Pedrosa confirms further surgery to fix arm pump issues

Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa will unfortunately need further surgery to fix his arm pump issues that continued to plague the Spanish rider during the first round of the 2015 MotoGP Championship. This common problem among motorcycle racers is a build-up of pressure in the forearm causing great pain, and makes riding a bike exceptionally difficult when the muscle becomes too big for the ‘sack’ that it sits in.

Dani tried very hard over the winter in order to find a solution, after struggling to perform at his top level throughout the 2014 season, and even had surgery last year – after the Jerez GP – but it was unsuccessful. During this time doctors advised against any further surgery. Then throughout all the Winter testing it seemed that in theory the problem was solved, unfortunately the issue came back again under the stresses of the race situation.

After his sixth place finish in the opening race of 2015 in Qatar last weekend, Dani returned to Spain on Monday and met with specialists in Barcelona and Madrid. Their recommendation was for him to undergo surgery as soon as possible, which Dr. Angel Villamor will perform in Madrid. Special attention will be paid to the closing of the wound as this will guarantee better recovery and less risk of the problem arising again in the future.

Surgery is planned for the morning of Friday 3rd April with an expected recovery time of four to six weeks, this means Dani will certainly miss the Red Bull Austin and Argentina races. His return to racing won’t be confirmed until doctors can ascertain the success of the surgery.

His replacement will be HRC test rider Hiroshi Aoyama.

Dani Pedrosa 26 – Rider – MotoGP

“Obviously this isn’t the news I wanted to be sharing with everyone. However, after speaking with some key doctors and medical professionals that I trust, they are all in agreement that this is the only option for me. We will have the surgery on Friday and they will use a special technique to help close the wound to try and prevent this issue continuing to affect me. Let’s hope it’s a success. I want to thank all my fans for their support, but especially Honda, Repsol, Red Bull and all our sponsors for their understanding in this matter.”
Source: Pedrosa confirms further surgery to fix arm pump issues

Aoyama to replace injured Pedrosa

Aoyama to replace injured Pedrosa

Pedrosa will be out of action for at least two rounds.

REPSOL Honda test rider Hiroshi Aoyama is to replace Factory Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa with immediate effect as he undergoes surgery to fix arm-pump issues.

After the Qatar race on Sunday Pedrosa revealed that he was suffering with severe arm-pump and now it has been confirmed that the Spaniard is to undergo surgery once again to try and resolve the issue.

Pedrosa has attempted to find a solution over the winter as he struggled during the 2014 season with the problem, however the surgery the Repsol Honda rider had after Jerez in 2014 was unsuccessful.

Doctors had advised Pedrosa against further surgery and during winter testing there was no issue, however under the stresses of the race situation the problem is back.

Arm-pump is a common problem among motorcycle racers and is a build-up of pressure in the forearm, which causes pain, and eventually the muscle becomes too big for the area concerned.

After finishing in sixth place on Sunday, Pedrosa has returned to Spain and consulted with specialists in Barcelona and Madrid on Monday. They have recommended that he undergoes surgery as soon as possible.

To aid a quick recovery, special attention will be paid to closing the wound to decrease the risk of this problem arising again in the future.

Obviously this isn’t the news I wanted to be sharing with everyone,” explained Pedrosa.

“However, after speaking with some key doctors and medical professionals that I trust, they are all in agreement that this is the only option for me.

“We will have the surgery on Friday and they will use a special technique to help close the wound to try and prevent this issue continuing to affect me. Let’s hope it’s a success.

“I want to thank all my fans for their support, but especially Honda, Repsol, Red Bull and all our sponsors for their understanding in this matter.”

The Spaniards surgery is planned for Friday 3rd Aprila and the recovery time is expected to be around four to six weeks. In the meantime, Aoyama is set to replace Pedrosa at Austin and Argentina. There is no certainty as to whether Pedrosa will be recovered in time for Jerez in May or not.

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