MOTORCYCLING: Weekend to forget for Louth’s Peter Hickman

British Superbikes. Peter Hickman racing at Assen in the Netherlands. EMN-140922-100954001
British Superbikes. Peter Hickman racing at Assen in the Netherlands. EMN-140922-100954001
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It was a weekend to forget at the Cathedral of Speed as Louth rider Peter Hickman struggled with tyre problems and then got caught up in a four-rider incident.

Hickman was riding the RAF Reserves Honda in the two British Superbike races at Assen in the Netherlands and the weekend started well with Hickman recording some quick times in free practice.

But when it came to qualifying everything changed. Hickman had set the fastest time and had qualified for the third stage where he was to ride for his grid position when he was caught out by the slippery conditions and crashed.

It was a race against time to get the bike repaired but after some frantic work, Hickman was able to go out for the last couple of minutes of session three. Unfortunately he was unable to record a fast time and instead of being on the front row as hoped Hickman was to start the first race from row four in 10th position.

As the race got underway, Hickman was soon up to seventh. But a problem with the rear tyre caused him to drop back and he completed the race in 12th place to pick up four championship points.

Starting the second race from the seventh row, Hickman was anxious to make a good start to keep in touch with the leaders. But as they rounded the hairpin on the first lap he was involved in a four bike incident and crashed, his race over.

Hickman said: “It’s been a bad weekend for me. In the first race I just couldn’t get any grip with the rear tyre and ended up down in 12th place.

“I started the second race from 20th position and got tangled with another three bikes at the hairpin on the first lap so that was the end of my race.

“I have to give a big thanks to my team as everyone in the RAF Reserves garage pulled out all the stops to get me racing after my crash during qualifying. I certainly gave them plenty of work this weekend.”

Hicky is now placed 11th in the rider standings on 91 points and he will be anxious to add to these on his visit to Silverstone in the penultimate round of the championship on October 5.