British Superbikes: Peter Hickman stunned by double retirement

Peter Hickman's pace was not rewarded with results at Thruxton EMN-150308-154500002
Peter Hickman's pace was not rewarded with results at Thruxton EMN-150308-154500002

In a weekend which promised plenty, Peter Hickman and the RAF Reserves BMW team again found luck in short supply at Thruxton as the Louth rider was forced to retire from both British Superbike Championship races.

Having qualified in an excellent sixth place, the 28-year-old was running in eighth early on in the first race only for it to be red flagged on lap five after an oil spill.

Starting from sixth place on the grid for the re-started 15-lap race, Hickman immediately moved up to fourth, but three laps later found himself back in 11th as a big group of riders battled for position.

His luck then deserted him on lap six when the clutch started slipping and with no drive he was forced out of the race.

Having not registered a strong lap time, Hickman then had to start race two from 21st, but it ultimately mattered little as his race was over before it had begun when a technical problem forced him out on the opening lap.

He said: “I’m lost for words a bit at the moment and if it wasn’t for bad luck, we wouldn’t be having any luck at all.

“Practice and qualifying went just as we hoped and couldn’t have gone any better, but nothing went for us at all on race day.

“Everyone’s worked their hardest, but we just can’t catch a break. That’s how racing goes sometimes though and you have to take the low points with the high ones so we’ll keep doing what we’re doing and things will change for us I’m sure.”

Team owner Lee Hardy added: “Having worked so hard in qualifying to put us in the best position possible, I just feel for Pete, the team and the sponsors that nothing went right on race day.

“Everyone’s giving 100 per cent and Pete showed this weekend that when things go right, like they did in practice and qualifying, he’s as quick as anyone. We just need lady luck to smile on us.”

The next round of the BSB series takes place at Cadwell Park from August 21 to 23 and Hicky will be hoping for a repeat of last year when he took his first victory in the high profile series.

Before that Hicky heads to Northern Ireland for next week’s Ulster Grand Prix where last year he recorded a debut win.

He also became the fastest-ever newcomer at the event with a quickest lap of 131mph around the high-speed Dundrod road course.