Solid results at Silverstone from Hickman

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Peter Hickman rode the RAF Reserves Honda to a brace of ninth places at Silverstone in the penultimate round of the MCE British Superbike championship on Sunday.

The first two free practice sessions went well for Hicky who finished sixth and ninth on Friday. But the heavens opened on Saturday and the riders were met with a deluge of rain in the final session which Hicky finished in 15th place.

Although it was fine and sunny for qualifying later in the day the track surface was still wet in places and very slippery. Hicky was unlucky in the first session and couldn’t get the bike to work as he wanted in the difficult conditions and ended up down in 20th place to start the first of the two 14 lap races on Sunday from the seventh row.

The track was dry on Sunday for the start of race one and Hicky got away to a good start making up ground to 16th on the first lap. He made steady progress and crossed the finish line in ninth.

Hicky began the second 14 lap affair from the second row but was swallowed up in the rush for the first corner ending up down in 10th place.

But by lap five Hicky began his fight back and moved up to eighth and then seventh which he held until the penultimate lap when he dropped back to finish the race in ninth position once again. These two results see Hicky within six points of the top 10.

The final round is at Brands Hatch on October 19 when there will be three races for Hicky to contest, but prior to that Hicky will race in the annual Stars at Darley races at Darley Moor on October 12. Hicky won the title back in 2012 and is still the outright lap record holder.