Motorcycle Racer, James Hillier didn’t take long with his time on earth before he was introduced to racing. Yes, this Month’s Rider of the Month’s ‘award’ goes to James Hillier, affectionately known as ‘The Dynamite’! Today We Buy Any Bike are going to be focusing on Hiller’s Career; his Isle of Man TT career, to be specific.
Getting Into Bikes
Born on the 17th March 1985 in Ringwood, Hampshire, Hillier’s passion for motorcycles started at a very young age. Shortly after was when he had his first dabble at racing aged just 6 when he started his trials riding career.
For the next few years, Trials was at the heart of Hillier’s life. However, in 1997, his dad (who was already passionate about motorcycles) decided to take both him and his sister to the Isle of Man TT. This was when a 12-year-old James really took an interest for bikes. During that same holiday he experimented with mini moto.
James Hillier Takes on Road Racing
For the next 4 years, Motorcycle Racing remained Hillier’s main aspiration. When he was 16, however, he purchased his first road bike. This opened more doors than James could ever imagine!
After a year of practicing, James was entered into his first spout of road racing at the age of 17. The next couple of years offered further practice. In 2004 at the age of 19, Hillier entered into the Virgin Mobile R6 Cup.
The seasons that followed were the years in which the world saw James complete in the top 10 leader board for both the British Supersport and the British Superstock 1000.
When Dreams Became Reality!
James took on his first Isle of Man TT when he was 23 years old in 2008. Although, it wasn’t his most successful year here (as you can imagine – it was his first!). Hillier took part in both Supersport races for Jackson Racing and he finished in 19th place for the first one, and 17th for the other.
Although he didn’t win a podium during this season, he still walked away with 2 silver replicas and a Newcomers Trophy.
The next couple of years that followed were pretty similar. In both 2009 and 2010, James earned his name on the leaderboards, but he knew that he could do more.
The only way is up!
2011 was the start of a new chapter in Hillier’s life. This was the first year that he claimed mainly top 10 status in his TT races. His best being 8th place in the Superbike TT category.
2012 was a year to remember for James; in this year he won his first podium in second place for the Supersport Lightweight TT! He secured top 10 positions in the rest of his races this year.
James and his supporters all cracked out the champagne in 2013! This was the year that he won first place in the Lightweight TT category! It comes as no surprise that this was an ultimate success for Hillier. Oh, and he also beat runner up Dean Harrison by 27 seconds!
The Rest of James Hillier’s Career
The following years saw Hillier claim a lot of top 10 finishes, but he also had a fair few podium completions too! Here’s a run-down…
- 2014 – 2nd place for the Lightweight TT // 2nd place at the Classic TT
- 2015 – 2nd place for both the Senior and Lightweight TT // 3rd at the Superbike TT
- 2016 – 2nd Place for Lightweight TT and 3rd place for both Superstock and Supersport TT
- 2017 – 2nd at the Supersport TT
- 2018 – For the Supersport TT he completed in 2nd place // 3rd place for the Superbike TT
- 2019 – 3rd place for the first Supersport TT and 2nd place for the second Supersport TT
2019 also saw the announcement from James that he would be leaving Bournemouth Kawasaki after 10 years.
A New Decade for James Hillier
We all know how the new decade started. Unfortunately for Hillier, he signed a deal with OMG racing and he was hoping to compete the season on BMW and Yamaha machinery.
The cancellation of the motorcycle racing industry that year didn’t fully close the door on Hillier’s career that year. At some point last year we blogged about the announcement of the Diamond Races; the Isle of Wight TT. Hillier was invited to test the route with retired road racer and double TT winner, Steve Plater.
James Hillier Off The Track
The past year hasn’t provided us with our usual passions. The same goes for James Hillier. In his spare time he enjoys taking short trips on his trusty Honda C90. Hillier is very much a family man who embraces family time.
It appears that the passion for motorcycles must run in the blood, as he also enjoys taking his 3 children trials riding with his wife. The family also have a dog and a tortoise – bonus fact for you there! We don’t really know much about the year that follows. Make sure to stay up to date on Hillier’s Instagram. To get to know a little bit more about Hillier’s life, check out this YouTube Interview he did with Joanna Benz. Although it was 4 years ago, it’s still very interesting!
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