Hickman gains first points of the season

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On his return to the British Superbike championship Louth rider Peter Hickman earned his first team points of the season.

He took the RAF Reserves Honda to 14th in the first race and improved to 13th in the second affair to bring the team their first ever championship points in the current campaign.

Peter spent most of the practice sessions getting the bike set up and ironing out electrical problems that were causing the bike to run slow. He went into the three stage qualifying session and made it through to the second stage to begin the first race on Sunday from a sixth on the grid.

As the race got underway Hicky was quick to get away and got into 14th place. But had to take avoiding action when two riders crashed and slid across the track and he lost a place. He then discovered a problem with the gear lever and was thinking of pulling in but when he looked down the lever had come lose but was still manageable, so he pressed on to make it up to 13th position. But James Westmoreland made a pass on Hicky on lap 25 to relegate him to 14th where he remained until the chequered flag.

Starting from the fifth row in race two; Hicky was running in 16th and was embroiled in a battle for position throughout the race. He was fifth in the group but passed Smrz, Hutchinson and Farmer to move into 12th. But Smrz was keen to overtake and demoted Hicky to 13th two laps later.

Hicky maintained his 13th place and crossed the finish line for another points finish.

Peter said: “We had a niggling electrical problem at the beginning of the weekend but we eventually solved the problem and I was able to qualify well for the first race.

“I managed to bring home 14th place to present the RAF Reserves team with their first championship points.

“I then went on to better my first race result and bring some more points back for my efforts. We are still developing the bike but everything is coming together now and I am sure by the time we get to the next round we will be even better.”