Hick­man has the pedi­gree for suc­cess

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Glenn Ir­win will be hop­ing to fol­low in the wheel­tracks of Peter Hick­man, an­other BSB racer who has made a suc­cess­ful tran­si­tion to road racing. Back with BMW power in Smith’s En­gi­neer­ing liv­ery and on Dun­lop rub­ber, Hick­man is re­united for 2017 with the tools that have pro­duced so much of his roads suc­cess.

The Bur­ton upon Trent man first ven­tured on to the roads in 2014 and was an im­me­di­ate sen­sa­tion, set­ting the fastest ever new­comer laps at ev­ery in­ter­na­tional meet­ing on an Ice Val­ley BMW. He claimed his first in­ter­na­tional win at the 2015 Ul­ster GP and the 30-year-old went on to win back to back Ma­cau GPS in 2015 and 2016.

Af­ter his record-break­ing NW200 de­but Hick­man was forced to sit out the 2015 event be­cause of in­jury. This will be only his third out­ing at Portrush, but af­ter claim­ing podium fin­ishes in the Su­pers­port and Su­per­stock races last year the BSB fron­trun­ner must be con­sid­ered one of the favourites.

Hick­man will ride a Trooper Beer Tri­umph in the NW200 Su­pers­port races, along­side Su­per­bike and Su­per­stock ver­sions of the Smith’s S1000RR.

Hick­man: not to be un­der­es­ti­mated

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