MOTORCYCLING: Hickaman pleased with Donington Park points

Peter Hickman racing through the ninth round of the British Superbikes Championships at Donington Park. EMN-140809-104339001
Peter Hickman racing through the ninth round of the British Superbikes Championships at Donington Park. EMN-140809-104339001
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Following his maiden British Superbike victory at Cadwell Park, Peter Hickman travelled to Donington Park for round nine of the championships at the weekend where he scored a brace of seventh places in the two races.

The Lincolnshire rider from Louth was not expecting to repeat his win this weekend as the RAF Reserves Honda Fireblade is slightly down on power to the front runners in the championship. But he was keen to give it a go and see just how well he could perform for his team.

He made it through to the final stage of qualifying where he recorded a fast lap right at the end of the session to take fourth place for a start from the second row of the grid for the first 20 lap race on Sunday.

As the lights went out Peter slotted into fifth place but the safety car was deployed for four laps because of a crash further down the field.

As the race got back on track he remained in fifth until he was beaten back a place by Tommy Bridewell and then lost another place to Josh Waters.

He remained in seventh place for the remainder of the race to pick up a further nine championship points.

Peter Hickman said: “I am happy with that, we managed to stick with the leading group despite being a bit down on power.

“We seem to be able to hang on in there but I just haven’t got that little bit extra top speed for me to make a move on the rider in front.”

Hicky began from the third row in race two, but was swallowed up in the rush for the first corner and completed the first lap down in 10th position.

He then went up to ninth and mixing it within a group of four riders.

But with three laps remaining Hicky managed to move into eighth position and one lap later found himself in seventh place which he held to the chequered flag to once again pick up nine championship points for the team.

“Considering we are not the fastest bike out there I am really pleased with these two results,” Hickman added.

“Thanks to Lee Hardy for all the hard work the team has put in to give me as much power as possible and to Mother Hubbard our team sponsor plus all my own local sponsors as without their help these results would not be possible.”

The next round is in the Netherlands at the circuit at Assen on September 21, when Hicky and the RAF reserves team will be seeking more championship points to move further up the rider standings where currently he is placed 11th on 87 points.