Steve Hislop remains one of the sport’s most recognised talents, who was able to master both road and track competition to the highest level before his tragic death in 2003.
Fondly known to his legion of fans as Hizzy, the Scot came from a racing family and competed at both the Isle of Man TT and circuit racing with his first British title coming in 1990 when he celebrated 250cc Championship glory.
Hizzy was a respected rival in British Championship racing, scoring another title in 1995 ahead of Matt Llewellyn in the Superbike class and then finished fifth in the first season of BSB, as it is known today.
Hizzy was back as a threat for the title in 2001 with Paul Bird’s MonsterMob Ducati team, making a spectacular return from injury to take the runner-up spot to John Reynolds following a crash at Rockingham.
Hislop’s talent again came to the fore a year later when he celebrated the 2002 BSB title with the MonsterMob Ducati, however he was not to remain with the team for his title defence.
A turbulent 2003 season started with Hislop signing for the Virgin Mobile Yamaha team, before a mid-season parting of company saw the reigning champion switch to the ETI Ducati squad.
Hizzy’s career was untimely cut short, but his legacy in the series lives on with his multiple titles forever etching his name in the history books and a record of 24 race wins between 1996 and 2003.