PETER Hickman came away from Brands Hatch empty handed when he crashed out of race one and suffered a broken gear lever on the Buildbase BMW Motorrad Superbike causing him to retire from the second encounter on Sunday in round seven on the MCE British Superbike championship.
Qualifying had gone well for the Louth based rider who powered through to the second stage of qualifying and started race one from a fourth row grid position as 13th fastest rider.
As the race got underway Hicky lost ground and completed the first lap in 15th place. But once he got into his stride he began to make good progress and was circulating in 11th place poised to make a move on the rider ahead when he lost the front and crashed out of the race at Druids hairpin.
“I am disappointed with that, “said Hicky. “It was a really low speed crash and the only damage done was a scuffed engine casing and the handlebar end turned in slightly. The front just went from under me and down I went. With such little damage I could have picked the bike up and continued but the new rules state that once a rider has gone down he cannot do that. Good shout but this time not for me!”
The second race was looking promising for the Lincolnshire rider as his fastest time posted in the first race saw him placed on the second row for the start.
But he didn’t get the flying start he needed and was swallowed up in the pack as they rounded Paddock Hill for the first time. But again he soon recovered and began picking off the opposition to reach 10th place on lap three.
He then encountered a problem and was seen to cruise into pit lane to retire. “The gear lever broke,” said Hicky. “It has perhaps been cracked for a while and it decided now was the time to break off. That’s a real shame as I was looking at a couple of top six results here at Brands Hatch.”
The next round is on home tarmac just a few miles away from his Louth home at Cadwell Park where Hicky has scored some top results in the past. There is a five week break before the event that takes place over the Bank Holiday weekend of August 25-27.