ALFORD Superbike racer Peter Hickman has bagged a dream ride after he signed to ride alongside the vastly experienced Michael Rutter for MSS Colchester Kawasaki in the 2012 MCE British Superbike championship.
As the 2012 BSB regulations change to restrict the escalating use of electronics, MSS team boss Nick Morgan chose two riders who he believes will make good use of their riding and throttle control skills.
Michael is world renowned for his sublime riding skills in wet, tricky conditions whilst Peter has only ever experienced traction control once, which he used turned down to a low level.
Hickman has a history of riding a Kawasaki in both Superstock and Superbike and is looking forward to riding the new ZX-10R for a top team in 2012.
Twenty-four year old ‘Hicky’ started last season still a relative unknown among the top BSB riders, but soon had their attention after logging a superb second place at Thruxton after leading much of the race.
Peter hovered around the final six cut-off for the Showdown for a while before an eventual ninth ranking in this ultra competitive field.
Hickman said: “I’ve been talking to Nick for a couple of years but it came together for 2012 over the winter.
“I’ve got to say I’m really chuffed to be with such a professional team.
“I keep coming back to Kawasaki; I won the Superstock Cup in 2004 on one and raced one again in Superstock in 2005 before two years on the Hawk Kawasaki bike in 2006-7 with some really good results in the first year.
“The new rules in BSB should maybe close the gap between the very top riders and the rest of the field but I’m sure it will still be the same faces up the front.
“That said I haven’t got to re-learn anything as I only experienced traction control for the first time last season and even then had it running in the background rather than using it properly. I’m bringing my crew chief with me so it will be good to have a bit of consistency and I know Nick runs a great team.
“I feel like I’ve earned my place on the BSB grid now and with this package and team there’s no reason why we can’t be aiming for the top six, even with such a strong field,” he added.
Hicky will shortly be taking part in the MSS Colchester Kawasaki pre-season training programme to prepare for the first round of the MCE British Superbike championship, which takes place at Brands Hatch over the Easter weekend of April 6 to 9.