LOUTH rider Peter Hickman scored a dream result at Thruxton in round four of the British Superbike championship when he powered his Tyco Honda through to a fantastic second place in race two on Monday.
Earlier in the day he finished in fifth position and was awarded Rider of the Day by the Eurosport TV team.
Throughout free practice and qualifying Hicky was on the pace and up with the front runners gaining his best ever qualifying position of fifth to start race one from a second row grid position.
“That was a good result, especially as I had to complete the third and final session on a race tyre and not a qualifier,” said Hicky. “The bike and team are mega, I have settled in very well and feel really comfortable and it all bodes well for race day.”
The weather caused a delay to the start of racing on Monday. With fine drizzle turning into full on rain at times it made tyre choice a nightmare. But the track was wet and it continued to rain so wet weather tyres were the choice of the majority.
As the race got underway Hicky settled into third place but once he found his pace he took the lead before the end of the first lap and headed the field until the end of lap three. He dropped to second but then made a comeback and again took the lead on lap five.
The top five riders were all together and exchanged positions in the furious action at the front. But as the race entered the final stages Hicky’s back tyre began to show signs of wear and he was forced to slow, eventually crossing the finish line in fifth position – his best result ever in the Superbike class.
“I was a little guttered with fifth to be honest but to be fair it was my best result to date. The bike was working absolutely awesome. I had a really good start and ended up leading it by the end of the first lap.
“Unfortunately I didn’t have enough grip at the end. I was trying to save the tyre for as long as possible but obviously didn’t succeed.”
The second race was just as exciting and this time Hicky didn’t have a tyre issue. He maintained second position for the majority of the 15 laps, holding off the frantic attention of Michael Rutter who eventually crashed on the penultimate lap leaving Hicky four seconds clear to claim his first podium position in his Superbike career.
It was a very popular result with the crowd and also the Tyco Honda team who were all cheering loudly as Hicky stepped onto the podium.
“Wow, what a race, it is like a dream come true for me. I got away fairly well and then put my head down as I wanted to get near to the front and get away from all the spray. I learned from the first race with the tyre and got the traction control correct. It was holding me back a bit in the first race but fine this time.
“This result is mega for the team and for everyone who has helped me in the past and those that are still helping me, I am over the moon with this set of results.”
Hicky’s points haul from these two races was 31 and moves him up to sixth in the rider standings on 68 points.
The next round is at Knockhill on June 19 when Hicky will be anxious to add further to his points tally to remain in the top six.