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