HILLIER JOINS HARRISON FOR SUPERSPORT CHALLENGE
James Hillier has announced he will ride for the BPE/Russell Racing team in an expanded team alongside Dean Harrison for the two 4-lap Monster Energy Supersport Races at the 2023 Isle of Man TT Races, with the pair lining up as two of the pre-race favourites.
Hillier, whose TT record now reads a near impeccable 60 finishes from 64 starts, is no stranger to success in the Supersport class with no less than five podiums to his name - the most recent of which coming in 2019.
Two of those podiums were second-place finishes, the first coming in 2017 when he took the runners-up spot behind Michael Dunlop. He then repeated the result two years later with a narrow 3.6 second defeat to Lee Johnston in a race shortened to two laps after it began to rain.
All of those results were achieved on Kawasaki machinery, but the Hampshire man switched to Yamaha power last year and took fifth and seventh place finishes for the OMG Racing team for whom he’ll again contest the 1000cc races at this year’s TT.
The Boyce Precision Engineering by Russell Racing team, meanwhile, made their TT debut at last year’s event with Ian Hutchinson taking the Yamaha YZF-R6 to a best finish of tenth in the opening race.
Russell himself is no stranger to the TT having previously worked with the late William Dunlop whilst he also worked with Hector and Philip Neill’s Tyco team for several years. In addition, he was an integral part of the McAMS Yamaha team when Tarran Mackenzie won the 2021 British Superbike Championship.
James Hillier: “It’s good to be back on the Yamaha again as it’s clearly one of the strongest packages in the class at the moment. I’m looking forward to getting working with the team and with Dean, it’s actually the first time I’ve ever had a teammate in the Supersport class and I’m sure we’ll all work hard to get the best from the bikes.”