Louth rider Peter Hickman opens Isle of Man TT campaign with top eight finish

Peter Hickman in action in the Isle of Man TT Superbike race EMN-150806-125512002
Peter Hickman in action in the Isle of Man TT Superbike race EMN-150806-125512002

Louth rider Peter Hickman recorded a fine eighth place in the opening Superbike race at the TT festival on Sunday.

High winds and rain denied riders valuable track time during practice week, and after just two decent evenings, Saturday’s opening race was postponed because of more high winds which grounded the air med helicopter.

The six-lap Superbike race was finally run on Sunday afternoon with riders setting off at 10-second intervals and Hicky starting in 17th.

At the first check point at Glen Helen, he was running in 12th on time although he dropped a place by the end of the lap, recording an average speed of 127.699mph.

Hicky made up time on lap two and lay 11th on the Briggs Equipment UK/Lee Hardy Racing BMW when he came in for his fuel stop.

He maintained 11th through lap three and climbed up to 10th on the next lap when he made his final pit stop ahead of the final two laps.

On the last lap he was promoted to ninth when Gary Johnson retired, but it was all over on the run down the Mountain as the red flag stopped the race for a two-rider crash near to the finish.

Only the top six riders actually crossed the finish line and the rest, including Hicky were brought back to the pits.

The Louth rider was awarded eighth place because of the non-finish of one of the riders ahead of him, an improvement of six places from last year’s opening Superbike race.

Hickman said: “I’m so pleased to have finished the Isle of Man Superbike race in eighth place, especially as I was on the Superstock bike! Massive thanks to Lee Hardy Racing and Briggs Equipment UK, they were fantastic.”

Hickman is also set to race in the Superstock, Supersport and the high profile Senior TT.