Louth rider Hickman to make TT debut in May

Championship rider Peter Hickman.
Championship rider Peter Hickman.

Leading British Superbike Championship rider Peter Hickman has confirmed he will make his TT debut at the 2014 Isle of Man TT Races.

The 26-year-old Lincolnshire rider will campaign a BMW S1000RR in the Dainese Superbike, Royal London 360º Superstock and PokerStars Senior TT Races for the Ice Valley by Motorsave team, owned and run by fellow competitor Paul Shoesmith.

Commenting on his TT debut Peter Hickman said: “The TT has been on my radar for a while now when the opportunity came up with Paul Shoesmith I jumped at it.

“I’ve already met up with the rider liaison officers Milky Quayle and Johnny Barton on the Isle of Man and their advice has been invaluable and I’ll be using the next few months to make sure that I get as much preparation in as possible before I make my debut.”

Originally from Willoughby near Alford and now living in Louth, Hickman started racing in 2000 and has been ever-present in the British Championship paddock since 2004 when he won the National Superstock Cup for Hawk Kawasaki.

Road racing is very much in the Hickman genes with father Dave from Willoughby near Alford having won the 1977 Lightweight Manx Grand Prix and been a British Championship regular in the late 1970s.

He has since become a highly respected mechanic and engineer in the BSB paddock and was also a key member of the Norton Rotary set-up, remaining with the team in its various guises from 1988-1994.

Hickman has visited the Isle of Man in recent years, studying the 37.73-mile mountain road course in preparation for his debut.

That homework has continued in recent weeks with more visits to the Island and his addition to the entry list adds even more depth and quality to an already excellent line-up.

The Isle of Man TT festival takes place from May 24 – June 6.