Hickman hails his superb Superbike success

Hickman celebrates his victory.
Hickman celebrates his victory.

Peter Hickman took his maiden International road race win in superb style on Saturday when he swept to victory in the second Superbike race at the Ulster Grand Prix.

Victory on the Briggs Equipment Superstock machine completed a superb day for the 28-year-old, who had earlier claimed a close second in the Superstock race and a third place in the Dundrod Superbike race on Thursday.

It was the final race of the day that gave him his finest moment, despite the Superbike race being held in tricky, wet conditions.

Reduced in distance from six laps to four, Willoughby rider Hickman grabbed the lead the moment the lights turned green and ultimately led from start to finish, although he was under pressure throughout, firstly from Michael Dunlop and Keith Amor and then Conor Cummins.

With less than a second covering the quartet, Cummins tried everything he could to find a way past but Hicky had everything covered and took the victory, but it couldn’t have been much closer as just 0.028s separated them as they flashed across the line.

“What can I say, it’s been a brilliant, brilliant day and to be sitting here now with an International road race win – and a Superbike one at that – is mega,” said Hickman.

It had been equally as close in the morning’s Superstock race which saw the Lincolnshire rider lead for much of the way.

Again it was close, this time between Hicky and Lee Johnston and it looked like he’d take the win as he led with just a few corners to go.

However, the more experienced Johnston was able to find a way past at Quarry Bends and grabbed the win by 0.09s.

Next up for Hicky was the feature seven-lap Superbike race and this time he was part of a five-rider battle for the race win.

Positions changed hands throughout between himself, Bruce Anstey, Ian Hutchinson, Johnston and Cummins and with a stunning lap of 133.3mph, Peter moved up to third heading into the sixth lap.

However, the red flag soon came out for an incident and with the result declared at the completion of the fourth lap, he was bumped back to fourth place.

He also had two Supersport race outings on the Trooper MV Agusta where he started from the last row of the first wave of riders after failing to complete a lap in practice.

However, the bike was faultless in the two six lap encounters and he was able to take strong sixth and seventh place finishes with a best lap of 127.632mph.

The seventh place was actually the stronger ride of the two as he was only two seconds away from the race win.