Peter Hickman and the RAF Reserves BMW team had a tough day at Snetterton on Sunday with the Louth rider picking up 12th and 15th place finishes from the two British Superbike Championship races.
In morning warm-up, Hickman posted the sixth fastest time, but he started back in 21st on the grid. Nevertheless, the 28-year-old put in a sterling ride and was up inside the top 15 as early as the first lap. He battled hard to the end and was duly rewarded with 12th place.
He started the second 16-lap race from 15th, but was pushed wide on the opening lap which dropped him down to 19th. But again he fought his way back up to 15th at the chequered flag to collect another championship point.
He said: “It’s been a tough weekend and with qualifying not going to plan, it put us on the back foot for race day.
“In the first race, I got away well and had a good first lap so to finish 12th from 21st on the grid was pretty pleasing.
“I started higher up in the second race but got completely bullied on the first lap and pushed backwards and it was hard work from there on in.
“It’s not the weekend we wanted but we’ll move on to the next round and see how we go.”
The next round takes place at Knockhill, Scotland from July 3 to 5.