Hickman crashes out of race two after sixth place finish in Oulton Park opener

Peter Hickman in action at Oulton Park. Photo: Dave Yeomans
Peter Hickman in action at Oulton Park. Photo: Dave Yeomans
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After a fantastic sixth place finish to the first race at Oulton Park on Monday, Louth racer Peter Hickman crashed out of race two at the first corner in round three of the MCE British Superbike championship at the Cheshire circuit.

Free practice and qualifying went extremely well for the Lincolnshire ace who powered the Lloyds British GB moto Racing Honda through to a second row start in eighth place.

As race one got underway Hicky moved up into seventh position and on lap to he pushed on to take up fifth place which he held until James Ellison and Jon Kirkham relegated him back down to seventh on lap six of 18.

The pace was hot but Hicky was able to remain in touch with the leading group for a while before the top six upped the pace leaving Him to follow in a comfortable seventh place.

When Shane Byrne crashed out of the race Hickman inherited sixth place and continued on his way to the chequered flag to pick up his best result of the current campaign and 10 championship points.

His fast lap times earned him a second row start to race two in seventh place and as the lights went out was up to sixth as they sped towards the first corner.

But as he negotiated the bend Jon Kirkham was right beside him and the pair collided which caused Hicky to be spat off the bike and land on the tarmac right in the path of the pursuing riders.

Luckily, they all missed him and Hicky was able to scramble away to safety, the bike shot over the track and caught James Westmoreland and he too went tumbling out of the race but thankfully neither rider was hurt.

“It was just a racing incident,” said Hicky. “Kirkham was unsighted and we collided. The field is bunched all together at the first bend and it was just unlucky that we touched. It’s a shame as I was feeling good and sure of another good result.”

Hicky collected 10 championship points for his first race result and moves to 11th in the rider standings on 28 points. The series takes a break now to allow time for those riders who are to contest the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT road races. Hicky will be back in action at Knockhill over the weekend of June 14-16 when he will be striving for two strong results to move him up the rider standings into the top 10.