Hickman’s hoping to keep top six hopes alive

Willoughby's Peter Hickman in action at Snetterton, where he endured a disappointing weekend's racing.
Willoughby's Peter Hickman in action at Snetterton, where he endured a disappointing weekend's racing.

WILLOUGHBY’S Peter Hickman came away from the new Snetterton 300 circuit with a disappointing 10th place in his first race, followed by a non-finish in race two when the Tyco Honda developed an electrical problem which caused the motor to cut out.

The weekend didn’t get off to the best of starts when, on the final lap of practice for round six of the British Superbike championship on Friday, he highsided and crashed out of the session.

Luckily, both bike and rider emerged unscathed from the experience and he went on to complete the third free practice on Saturday in eighth position.

Qualifying started well for Hicky, who rode through to an amazing fourth place in Q1, but things didn’t run so smoothly in Q2 and he ended up in 13th place for a fourth row start to the first 17 lap affair.

Despite his progress being hampered by the pace car in the early laps, Hicky made it through the midfielders to complete the race in 10th place to pick up six championship points.

He put in some fast laps which elevated his grid position for race two up a row and he began his campaign from the third row.

Just as he was beginning to settle into the race, he encountered a problem with the bike and the engine cut out causing him to retire.

Just one lap later, a huge crash upfield caused the race to be halted and a new race declared over nine laps.

Although Hicky was given a place on the back of the grid for the restart, the bike refused to start and he had to sit it out in the pits for his first non-finish of the season.

The non finish dropped Hicky down the order from seventh to eighth, but the points are really close and a couple of good results in the next round could see him edge back into the top six.

Only the top six riders go through to the showdown and have a chance of winning the title, and Hicky is determined he will make the final six.

There are three more rounds before the cut off date after Cadwell Park, and the showdown takes place over the final three rounds at Donington Park, Silverstone and Brands Hatch, so there is everything to race for.

The next round will take place at Oulton Park, Cheshire, between July 15-17.