Hickman rides well in Holland

Peter Hickman.
Peter Hickman.

Louth racer Peter Hickman recorded a brace of points finishes at Assen in the Netherlands over the weekend in the 10th round of the MCE British Superbike championship - to maintain his 10th place in the overall rider standings with two rounds remaining.

The weekend’s racing was interrupted by frequent showers of rain at the Cathedral of Speed, and this affected the results as tyre choice was a nightmare.

But, riding the RAF Reserves BMW, Hicky made it through to the second stage of qualifying to begin Sunday’s opening 18-lap race from a fifth row grid position.

It was a close and exciting 18 laps with the rider battling for position with Danny Buchan, Jack Kennedy and Billy McConnell.

The Lincolnshire rider staved off their attacks and held his position to cross the finish line in ninth position to be awarded seven championship points.

The second race was ruined by the weather as, after the warm-up lap, the race was delayed because of a shower of rain at some parts of the circuit.

By the time they had hung around waiting for a re-start, the race had been cut from 18 laps down to 15 and, although the track was beginning to dry, it was declared a wet race, leaving the riders pondering which tyres to go with.

Some took the gamble and went with slicks while others, including Hicky, went out with a cut slick on the front and a full slick on the rear.

Hickman began well and was seventh at the first sector but by the end of the lap he was in eighth position.

He continued to lose ground although he did battle with Jakob Smrz and Danny Buchan mid race before setting into 13th place which he maintained to the chequered flag.

“It wasn’t the best of weekends for us but at least we brought some points home,” he said.

“There was an issue with the front wheel which affected my result, otherwise I could have finished further up the field.”

Going into the penultimate round of the campaign, Hicky holds 10th place in the rider standings on 110 points.

The next round is at Silverstone over the weekend of October 2-4.