Hickman set to return to the Isle of Man TT

Peter Hickman.
Peter Hickman.

Peter Hickman is preparing for the Isle of Man TT races - 12 months after his record-breaking debut.

After a three-week lay off due to injury, the Willoughby rider and the Briggs Equipment BMW team returned to action at the recent Snetterton British Superbikes test.

Hickman, 27, made a sensational TT debut 12 months ago, scoring a best finish of eighth in the Superstock race to becoming the fastest newcomer in the history of the event with a lap of 129.104mph in the Senior event.

He will again contest the Superbike, Superstock and Senior races in 2015, opting to use the same BMW S1000RR Superstock machine for all three events, and will start from number 17.

He’ll also campaign a 675cc MV Agusta for Lee Hardy Racing in the two Supersport events as he looks to build on his results of 2014 around the 37.73-mile course and increase his course knowledge.

“I felt pretty good at the Snetterton test,” Hickman said.

“A bit stiff obviously, but it was good to get back on the bike again and get myself dialled back in again before coming to the TT.

“We’ve decided to just use the Superstock BMW for the three 1000cc races as it gives me one less thing to worry about.

“It’s only my second year and I don’t want to run before I can walk so it makes sense to make it as easy for myself as possible.

“Now I’m here, I can’t wait to get going and just want to start getting the laps in.”

This week Hickman will take part in the practice sessions with all three bikes prior to racing when the first six-lap Superbike race is scheduled for Saturday, June 6.