Hickman rides to Macau GP Glory

Peter Hickman celebrates.
Peter Hickman celebrates.

Peter Hickman has won the Macau GP in only his second attempt.

The Willoughby rider won the 49th annual race with a six second advantage over Martin Jessopp, with Michael Rutter finishing in third place.

Throughout free practice and the first qualifying session, Hicky took his time to refresh his memory of the track layout before scorching his way around the 3.8-mile public road circuit to secure third place for the start of Saturday’s race.

He was second in morning warm up and began his race from a front row grid position.

As the lights went out he slotted into second place behind Jessopp and the pair immediately pulled clear of the pursuing pack.

Hicky began to make inroads towards Jessopp and by the half-race distance on lap six he was right with him.

He followed him for a couple of laps before making his move to take the lead.

With a clear track in front of him Hicky gradually increased his lead and crossed the finish line a full six seconds ahead to earn his fairytale win.

“It feels absolutely fantastic,” said Hickman, who crossed the line first on his RAF Reserves bikes.

“This is only the second time I have been to Macau.

“I figured that Martin was going to pull away in the first five or six laps and then hopefully we’d come back to him.

“As soon as I had a chance, I was close enough at Lisboa and I passed him straight away. Fortunately the plan worked.”

Hickman can now look forward to next season with his new GBmoto Racing team.

The Willoughby race ace will link up with James Ellison in the JG Speedfit Kawasaki MCE British Superbike Championship, as well fronting the team’s challenge for podiums at the North West 200, Isle of Man TT and Ulster Grand Prix.

Hicky has established himself as one of the front runners in the competitive championship, enjoying five podiums, including a memorable victory at Cadwell Park in recent years.

With an extensive test schedule on the all-new Kawasaki ZX-10R Superbike, including joining the official World Superbike team, the JG Speedfit Kawasaki team aim to hit the ground running when the BSB season kicks off on April 8 at Silverstone, with the goal of securing both riders in the Showdown for the first time.

“I’m really pleased to be joining Mark and the GBmoto squad again,” Hickman said.

“They’re an incredibly professional outfit and with the factory support from Kawasaki, coupled with the awesome new ZX-10R, it’s the best package on the grid.

“I’m also really excited to be working with James as a team mate, it’s the first time I’ve ever had a genuine title challenger sharing the garage with me.

“The goal for BSB this year is of course to first be in the Showdown, but also challenging for podiums and wins.”