James Hillier believes that he and Team Great Britain are in a fairly good place ahead of this weekend’s Phillip Island Island Classic, even though he was a bit rusty on the Grand Prix Circuit having not ridden since the Classic TT last year.
“I kind of had to remember how to ride a motorcycle a little bit,” said Hillier, who finished in eighth place overall at last year’s Island Classic with 119-points to his name.
“On top of that, I haven’t ridden these bikes since last year and I had to relearn the track a little bit. But the overall vibe is pretty good, the bike handling very well, seeing we were on old tyres throughout the day.”
Hillier expressed that he is looking forward to this weekend and he believes he can up his pace a little bit from last year.
“I have a bit more track knowledge now, so I believe my lap times will be quicker than last year for sure. I’m looking forward to get going really and get stuck into it. The racing is going to be a lot closer than the previous years, so it’s going to be some good racing for the spectators that’s for sure.”
In regards to bike setup, Hillier hasn’t really changed anything on the bike, as he was running on used tyres.
“To get some fresh rubber on the bike will be a big step forward. The bikes are good, but you can end up chasing your arse a little bit,” explained Hillier.
“As you don’t get a lot of lap time it’s risky to start chasing things and you end up back where you are. The bike at the moment is working well enough for now.”
Hillier explained that once his pace picks up a little bit more, then he will make some minor tweaks. The Team Winfield Yamaha Harris F1 is in the ball park and it’s doing roughly what Hillier wants it to do.
“At the moment there is more time to come from me and my track knowledge, than the motorcycle itself.”