Louth superbike rider Hickman grabs 11th after testing weekend

Louth racer Peter Hickman.
Louth racer Peter Hickman.

DESPITE a problematic day Louth superbike rider Peter Hickman secured his best result of the season so far with a solid 11th place at Oulton Park this weekend.

After struggling with the set up on the MSS Bathams Kawasaki Superbike Hickman grabbed 11th place in the second of three races at the Cheshire track.

Louth racer Peter Hickman.

Louth racer Peter Hickman.

The first race was the postponed event from Brands Hatch which was abandoned because of heavy rain and a treacherous track surface. Grid positions were taken from the Brands Hatch qualifying leaving Hicky with a lot of work to do starting the race from row six.

But once the race got underway he got his head down and moved through to 24th place before the race was halted for a faller at the Water Tower.

A new race to be run over eight laps followed and this time Hicky managed to get through to 18th place and crossed the finish line in 16th place, just outside a points scoring position.

The second race was run in wet conditions and Hicky completed his qualifying in 18th place making a start from a fifth row grid position. He made a good start ending the first lap in 14th place and going on to catch the group ahead remaining in 10th place until the penultimate lap when tyre wear came into play. He lost ground and completed the 18 laps in 11th place, his best result on the MSS Bathams Kawasaki so far.

The third race was a non event for Hicky who began the campaign from the third row. It soon became apparent there was a problem and Hicky pulled in to the pits after just two laps with an electrical problem.

Hickman said: “Top ten was the target for the weekend and I’m beginning to get to grips with the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R. In race one I was up to ninth at one point and in a great battle with three other riders. 11th wasn’t a bad result in the damp but we are still not quite there with the dry set-up yet.”

The next round is at Snetterton in Norfolk on May 27 when Hicky will have made drastic changes to the MSS Bathams Kawasaki in an effort to solve his dry set up problems.