Peter Hickman in round 10 of MCE British Superbike Championship in Assen

Hicky. Photo: Dave Yeomans.

Hicky. Photo: Dave Yeomans.

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Peter Hickman from Louth rode to a brace of points finishes (12th and seventh) in round 10 of the MCE British Superbike Championship on its annual visit to Assen in Holland on Sunday.

Qualifying went well for Hicky and he sailed through to the second stage where he finished in 12th place and earned himself a fourth row start to the first 18-lap race on Sunday.

But he had encountered a few set up problems during the practice sessions and made adjustments to the bike prior to the race start. Unfortunately it was the wrong way to go and this hampered his progress somewhat. But despite the handicap he battled on to complete the race in 12th position.

After further adjustments to the Lloyds British GBMoto Racing Honda Hicky was ready for the second encounter of the day where this time he began the campaign from the fifth row.

As the lights went out Hicky got away well and was soon up to 11th place. But the safety car was brought onto the track because of an accident and when it left Hicky was overtaken by Chris Walker and demoted down to 12th.

But he got his head down and was fighting for position within a group of six riders all challenging for ninth position. He made it up to 10th on lap 15 and then moved up to eighth place one lap later.

He remained in that position but was gradually reeling in Chris Walker and as they exited the final corner they were neck and neck. But Walker just held station leaving Hicky to complete the race in a very close eighth place. But after the race had ended the race winner was disqualified which promoted Hicky up to seventh place.

Hicky picked up a further 13 championship points on his foray across the sea, taking his total haul to 99 and moving him up to 11th in the overall rider standings with two rounds – five races – remaining.

The next round is back on home tarmac at Silverstone where Hicky will be striving for two more good results to add to his points tally and move into the top 10.