Hickman fails in bid to secure Riders Cup spot

Peter Hickman.
Peter Hickman.

Peter Hickman missed out on the Riders Cup when he finished 12th in two races and 11th in the final race at Brands Hatch in the season finale of the MCE British Superbike championship at the weekend.

“It’s not how we wanted to finish the season as, obviously, we had high hopes of taking the BSB Rider’s Cup this weekend, but we’ve ultimately come up just short,” Hickman said.

“Overall though, we’ve had a good season and can be pleased with what we’ve achieved despite having some bad luck along the way.

“Taking three podiums, and in the dry, was the undoubted highlight and I feel like I’ve ridden well all year so a big thanks to the whole team for all their support in 2015.”

Just when it looked like he’d done enough to make it through to the final stages of qualifying, Hickman was bumped back to 11th and had to start Saturday afternoon’s race from the middle of the fourth row.

A good start to the first 20-lap race looked like it would put the 28-year-old in a strong position, but he got held up at the second corner which lost him a number of places and he found himself down in 12th at the end of the first lap.

It wasn’t until lap seven that he managed to overhaul Billy McConnell but Tommy Bridewell made an overtaking manoeuvre on the final lap and Hicky had to settle for 12th.

Starting from the sixth row of the grid for the first 20-lap race on Sunday, a good start was always going to be crucial if Hicky, from Willoughby, was to close the gap on Luke Mossey in the race for the BSB Riders Cup.

He was pushed wide by Christian Iddon at the second corner and it dropped him all the way outside the top 20.

He was running inside the points by lap seven and was ultimately rewarded with another 12th place finish, his second of the weekend.

It gave him the slightly better starting position of 12th place and the fourth row for the final race of the 2015 season, although he now found himself 13 points adrift of Mossey.

The Kawasaki rider was able to run in the top six for the majority of the race whilst Hickman found himself just outside the top 10, finishing in 11th and ending an agonising 18 points adrift in ninth.

Hickman will compete at the Macau Grand Prix on November 17-19.