Louth racer Peter Hickman makes a welcome return to the British Superbike Championship after signing a deal with the RAF Reserves Honda team for the remainder of the 2014 season.
Hickman has previous experience of racing the Honda Fireblade in MCE BSB from the 2011 season when he scored his best ever result in the championship of a second place at Thruxton, which he backed up with a brace of top five finishes. The team is now looking ahead to the future with the Lincolnshire rider as they continue their debut season.
Hickman said: “I am really happy to be back in the championship as that is what I have been pushing for all season.
“I haven’t really set myself and expectations as such because this is like the start of the season for me, but I know the Honda which is always a good place to start.
I had some good results with Honda before, so I am really looking forward to getting on it this weekend and getting back into it again. Knockhill will be the first test for us but I like to be thrown in at the deep end; I am relaxed about the first races with the team and we are determined to crack on with the job.”
Team owner Lee Hardy said: “I am excited to put this deal together for the remainder of the 2014 BSB season.
“Peter certainly opened my eyes with his amazing performances at the North West 200 and that 129mph lap at this year’s TT.
“Yes we are three rounds into the season, but there is still a long way to go in the championship. What we must not lose sight of is this is our debut season in BSB and hopefully with Peter’s previous Honda experience we can regularly challenge for top ten positions.
“Knockhill will be our first chance to work together so it will be treated like a test for us and there is no pressure.”
Hicky will begin his campaign at Knockhill on Friday when he takes part in the two free practice sessions at the Scottish circuit. This will be followed by a third free practice on Saturday morning at 10.20am in preparation for the three stage qualifying laps at 4.05pm.
There is a 10 minute warm up on Sunday morning at 9.35am to check all is well for the start of the first 30 lap race at 1.30pm. The second race is due on track at 4.30pm and again will be run over 30 laps of the Scottish circuit.
Qualifying on Saturday and both races on Sunday will benefit from live coverage on British Eurosport 2.