Louth’s Peter Hickman named BSN Roads Rider of the Year

Peter Hickman in action at the Macau GP EMN-160401-105337002
Peter Hickman in action at the Macau GP EMN-160401-105337002

Louth racer Peter Hickman has been voted the BSN Roads Rider of the Year, polling more reader votes than the second and third-placed men put together.

The 28-year-old Lincolnshire rider polled 35.45 per cent of the vote to take top spot after an outstanding season.

He became the eighth-fastest TT rider of all time with his 131.626mph lap in the Isle of Man senior race in only his second year on the Mountain Course. There was also a Superbike win at the Ulster and the Macau Grand Prix.

Ian Hutchinson took second place in the vote on 17.17 per cent, just ahead of roads legend John McGuinness with 13.37 per cent.

Hickman said: “I am surprised and delighted to think that so many people have voted for me in the BSN awards.

“Thank-you to everyone for the support and I will do my best to live up to the expectations in the 2016 road race events.”

Hickman embarks on a new venture this year racing in the British Superbike Championship as well as the major road races with the GBmoto Racing Team aboard the factory-backed JG Speedfit Kawasaki ZX-10R.

“I’m really looking forward to getting the Kawasaki out on the roads,” he added. “It will be the first time I’ve ridden a different bike at the North West, TT and Ulster.

“The new Superbike is an absolute weapon on paper, and with factory support, I see no reason why it won’t relate to the course.

“To get the first win in 2015 was incredible, and although it takes a lot of luck I definitely think we’ll be able to challenge at the front in 2016!”

Hickman is set to begin a series of pre-season tests with his new team to prepare for the 2016 British Superbike Championship which opens at Silverstone on April 10.