Hicky settles for two 12th at Oulton after Mother Nature strikes

Peter Hickman in action at Oulton. Photo: Dave Yeomans.
Peter Hickman in action at Oulton. Photo: Dave Yeomans.
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Peter Hickman scored a brace of 12th places in round two of the 2016 MCE British Superbike championship at Oulton Park in torrid conditions on Monday.

The weather threw everything it could at the riders all over the weekend with snow, hail, rain and strong winds plus sub zero temperatures at night.

Disappointed not to be able to replicate his pace from Silverstone, Hicky said: “I’ll be honest, this has been a really disappointing weekend.

“On Saturday, during the dry practice we were comfortably running top six and I believe we had the pace today to have been challenging for the podium if conditions were better.

“In the wet today I just couldn’t get the laps together or get going quick enough – but then as the track dried out in that last race I was one of the quickest guys on circuit for the last few laps.”

After qualifying for Monday’s first race in 14th, Willoughby rider Hicky got a fantastic start and was up to ninth position on the first lap.

But as the race unfolded he dropped back to 13th before passing Lee Jackson on the penultimate lap to secure 12th place at the flag.

The weather was still causing problems for the second race and this time Hicky didn’t get the best of starts being 21st on the first lap.

But he got stuck in and began to chip away at the riders ahead passing James Rispoli and then Tom Bridewell to take up 14th place.

One lap later he passed Luke Mossey and could see Lee Jackson some distance ahead. He pushed hard and finally caught and passed him on the last lap for 12th again.

HIcky now prepares to travel to Northern Ireland where he will race in the North West 200 races on May 14. He made his debut at the venue in 2014 but missed last year because of injury.