Louth superbike racer Peter Hickman rode to a brace of top 10 finishes in round four of the British Superbike championship at Knockhill over the weekend to move him up to 11th in the rider standings.
Throughout the three free practice sessions Hicky was circulating within the top five and went into the three stage qualifying laps confident he could secure a strong grid position.
He made it through the first stage in ninth position and despite a tumble at the end of the session he completed stage two in 10th.
It was a struggle for the team to get the bike up and running for the short third session that determines the top 10 places on the starting grid but although he missed a few laps Hicky powered the Lloyds British GBmoto Honda through to secure ninth place and a third row start to the first 30-lap race.
But once underway Hicky encountered a front end problem which hampered his progress and he completed the race down in 10th place.
He said: “We are not really sure what caused the problem, it may be a tyre issue or something to do with the set up. Hopefully we will make adjustments and be stronger in race two.”
Starting from a fifth row grid position Hicky got away to a good start in the second leg and was soon up to ninth place.
But he was involved in a three way battle for seventh place and exchanged positions with P J Jacobson and Jon Kirkham throughout the 30 laps to eventually cross the finish line in ninth position.
“We had some good battles out there and at one stage I thought I would make it up to seventh but in the end had to settle for ninth,” he said.
“After such a good showing in free practice I was hoping I could maintain that during the races but it wasn’t to be. But two top 10s are ok and I will take the points and move on to the next round.”
The next round is at Snetterton in Norfolk over the weekend of July 5-7 and the fast, flowing circuit should suit the Honda.
Hicky will be seeking two strong finishes to propel him up the rider standings and into the top 10. He currently holds 11th place on 41 points just six away from his goal.