TT 2021 loss a ‘massive kick in the nuts’ for Hillier

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Isle of Man TT winner James Hillier will turn his attention to a 2022 Dakar entry and the possibility of some BSB races after the news that next season’s races have been cancelled.

Hillier, who signed for the Rich OMG team at the end of 2019, didn’t turn a road racing wheel in 2020 but is still receiving support from the BMW squad.

“When I got the news, it just felt like a massive kick in the nuts but obviously we all know why the decision has been made,” Hillier told

“The TT is such a large scale operation and bringing people from all corners of the world, whether riders or fans, is a massive undertaking at the best of times, one that currently brings a number of risks with it.

“There’s just not a lot we can do is there? It’s what my year is geared around though and it’s not necessarily the racing side of it that I’ll miss, it’s the feeling of riding on the Mountain Course; that buzz is irreplaceable and having to wait another year is hard to take.

“I’ll be 37 come the 2022 meeting so age is still on my side but what 2021 will now hold for me, I’m not sure. I’ve got the Dakar project to keep me busy to a certain extent but I’ll speak to Alan (OMG Racing boss) to see if there are any short circuit options that can be explored.

“I’ll need to do some form of racing to keep my hand in. If not, I’ll have to dust my tool box off and get to work elsewhere.”