Nine-point Hickman at Silverstone

Hickman at Silverstone.
Hickman at Silverstone.
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Peter Hickman from Louth rode to his best qualifying position and scored a strong seventh place in race one at Silverstone on Sunday in the penultimate round of the MCE British Superbike championship.

He was hoping for more of the same in the second race later that afternoon but was unfortunate to crash on the very first lap, race over and no points scored.

Riding the Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Honda Hickman was consistently fast throughout free practice and when it came to the three part qualifying session, he rose to the occasion, sailing through parts one and two in eighth position and going on to register the sixth fastest lap in the final session to claim his best starting position of the current campaign, in sixth place.

Starting the 14 lap race from a second row grid position, Hickman got away to a fantastic start, taking up fifth place and running with the leaders, but by the end of the opening lap he had been beaten back to seventh behind Jon Kirkham.

He remained in seventh place throughout the 14 laps apart from briefly moving ahead of James Ellison on lap five.

But as the race wore on, his tyre began to feel the effects of the fast pace and Hicky lost ground.

He remained in touch with the leaders but was not in a position to challenge them and crossed the finish line in seventh place to pick up nine championship points.

He lined up for race two on the third row in seventh place and got away to a good start, holding his seventh position through the first couple of corners.

But it all went wrong when he lost the front at Farm and crashed out into the gravel, race over.

He had been anticipating another good result but this time it was not to be. At least he has proved that if the bike is willing then he is quite capable of running at the front of the field.

The season finale is at Brands Hatch on October 20 when Hicky will have three races to contend with. He will be hoping for three strong showings to end his 2013 campaign on a high note.