Hickman takes tumble

Peter Hickman and his damaged bike at Oulton Park on Sunday.
Peter Hickman and his damaged bike at Oulton Park on Sunday.

WILLOUGHBY superbike rider Peter Hickman was unlucky to slide from his machine in the pouring rain while holding a strong fourth place and on course for a podium finish at Oulton Park on Sunday.

Race two was abandoned as the weather worsened and will now be run at Cadwell Park over the August Bank holiday.

Qualifying had gone well for the Lincolnshire ace and he powered his Tyco Honda through to eighth place to earn a second row grid position for the start of Sunday’s first race.

But the expected heavy rain arrived on Sunday, leaving the track very wet and slippery.

Hicky began his race well and soon moved up into fourth place, but as he approached Lodge corner for the first time, he lost the front and slid off into the gravel trap.

Although he picked the bike up and attempted to continue, he only made it as far as Hizzy’s chicane on lap two before retiring.

With the bike soon up and running ahead of race two, Hicky was hoping for better things but the rain, accompanied by strong winds, eventually caused the meeting to be abandoned and the second race was re-arranged to take place at Cadwell Park.

The non-finish at Oulton drops Hicky down the rider standings from eighth to 12th, but the points are close and with six races to go before the season showdown, it is still possible for Hicky to gain ground and reach the top six.