FIRST PODIUM Fast-learn­ing BSB star fights for win in epic Su­per­bike TT with Hutchy and Har­ri­son

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport - By Stephen Dav­i­son ROADS RAC­ING RE­PORTER

BSB star Peter Hick­man had to set­tle for sec­ond place af­ter an epic bat­tle with Ian Hutchin­son in the open­ing Su­per­bike TT.

The Smith’s BMW rider came through from a slow start to make a dra­matic last-lap chal­lenge, but even­tu­ally lost out by just five sec­onds af­ter nearly 230 miles of su­per­close rac­ing.

“I was my usual self on the first lap, ly­ing down in sev­enth at Glen He­len,” he smiled as he ex­plained his steady start. “I tend to take a lit­tle bit of time to get into things, espe­cially on the big bikes around here. It is mainly be­cause I have not got that much ex­pe­ri­ence so I am al­ways a lit­tle bit cau­tious. If I wasn’t such a fanny on the first lap I might have won!”

Al­though he lost time to Hutchy through slower pit­stops, Hick­man laid no blame at his team’s door.

“The bike worked mint and the boys did a great job,” he said.

“They were slower in the pit­stop but it is what it is and it’s eas­ier to lose time by rush­ing than it is to gain time by be­ing re­ally fast. I never re­ally rush into the pit­lane or out of it, the last thing I want to do is go over that 60kph limit be­cause we know what hap­pens then.”

Still in only his fourth year on the Moun­tain course, the 30-year-old suf­fered from the lack of track time caused by bad weather more than most dur­ing prac­tice week.

“It was a shame we have not had a mas­sive amount of time on the bikes this week, but it’s the same for ev­ery­one,” he added.

Tipped as a pos­si­ble race win­ner af­ter be­com­ing the fourth fastest TT rider of all-time in 2016 with a 132.495mph lap, Hick­man feels he is get­ting close to the top step.

“I felt like I should have had a podium, espe­cially in the Se­nior last year, but un­for­tu­nately I got let down by the bike.

“I had to do it this year. It’s mega to get a podium and to start it with a big bike podium is even bet­ter.”

The Bur­ton-on-trent man feels there is still has more to come.

“I was still a fair chunk of time away from the front to­day, espe­cially on those first laps, so we will start work­ing to­wards sort­ing that out for the rest of the week.”

Hick­man is happy with sec­ond but he knows he was close to win­ning

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