‘I’m in my own lit­tle world’

Peter Hick­man

Motorcycle News (UK) - - TT 2017 PREVIEW -

Of course, it’s not the same for ev­ery­one. Some rid­ers don’t even no­tice the ten­sion. That can be said for Peter Hick­man, the TT’S fastest ever new­comer tipped as the next big thing in road rac­ing.

“I’m just pre­par­ing my­self, get­ting ready,” he ex­plains. “I’m not s***ting my­self but you do know that every­thing has been build­ing up to that mo­ment and I guess there’s the hope that every­thing is go­ing to be al­right.

“There’s al­ways a good at­mos­phere on the grid, but I can’t re­ally tell whether it’s tense. I’m cer­tainly not tense, but that’s just me! I’m a bit like that. I’m there to do a job, I’m do­ing what I want so I don’t re­ally get ner­vous or tense or any­thing like that. Ev­ery­one else does. My mis­sus gets ner­vous, but it doesn’t af­fect me at all.

“Hav­ing peo­ple around me on the grid doesn’t bother me. The ten sec­onds go re­ally quickly, it seems to take ages to get to that point, the run up where you’re wait­ing for ev­ery­one else to go – that seems to take for­ever – but once the guy in front goes and you roll to the line, that time goes re­ally fast.”

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