Hickman moves up to joint-seventh in British Superbikes standings after spirited display at Knockhill

Peter Hickman in action. Photo: Dave Yeomans.
Peter Hickman in action. Photo: Dave Yeomans.

Peter Hickman rode to a fifth and then a fourth place in the two MCE British Superbike races at Knockhill on Sunday - moving into joint-seventh place in the rider standings.

Hicky was running well throughout free practice, working on bike set up ahead of the three stage qualifying on Saturday afternoon.

He made it through to the third section which was to set the grid for the start of the first race, and the Willoughby race ace rode well once again to secure a second row start in fourth place.

As race one got underway on Sunday, hey moved straight into third place and held station until John Hopkins overtook him on lap three.

But his progress was thwarted when the course car was deployed to clear a two-rider crash at the hairpin on lap five.

By the time the car left the track on lap 10 of 30 and the race was back on, Hickman once again took up fifth place.

He remained in that position throughout the remainder of the race to cross the finish line for fifth place and 11 championship points.

When the second race was due on track the rain had begun to fall and it was declared a wet race.

Hickman began his campaign from the second row once again and took up second place behind Dan Linfoot.

He briefly held the lead before being beaten back to second and then third when Leon Haslam overtook him on lap six.

He remained in sixth place for the next 10 laps and moved up to fifth on lap 17.

On the penultimate lap, Haslam was having trouble with his visor, which was misting up, and Hickman took the advantage to move back up into fourth position where he remained to the chequered flag picking up another 13 championship points.

A smiling Hickman said: “It’s been a really good weekend, my best results at Knockhill, we were less than one-tenth off the lap record in practice, and I did all my laps by myself which was a really good thing.

“We went a completely different way with the setup for this weekend, more like I would in the rain and straight away it was the right choice.

“I’m really happy, I felt we should have been on the podium in race one but things weren’t quite right.

“Maybe if I was little braver in race two earlier on I could have been stuck in there a little bit more but I’m happy.

“The team has done a mega job and I can’t thank them enough.”

Hicky moved to joint seventh place in the rider standings on 74 points with the next round being at Snetterton, in Norfolk, over the weekend of July 8-10.