Hillier Smashes Isle Of Man Records
ISLE OF MAN – James Hillier won a record-breaking bikesocial.co.uk Lightweight TT at the 2013 Isle of Man TT Races fueled by Monster Energy, with the Quattro Plant Kawasaki rider smashing the lap and race records on his way to a maiden TT victory.
The 28-year old broke the old lap record on each of the three laps with his final lap speed of 119.130 mph giving him a 33.5 second margin over Dean Harrison who took his debut podium in second with Conor Cummins in third.
With perfect conditions on the Island, it was Harrison who made the early running with his lead over Hillier at Glen Helen on the opening lap a miniscule 0.05-second whilst Ivan Lintin was lying in third, four seconds further back. By Ramsey, Hillier had taken over the lead and with an opening lap of 117.959 mph, he was 5.4s clear of Harrison with Lintin still in third ahead of Cummins, Jamie Hamilton and Michael Rutter.
However, pit stop strategy then came into play and whilst the majority of the riders opted to stop after their first lap, Lintin, Chris Palmer and Ian Lougher were the three riders in the top ten who went straight through.