IN DUN­LOP’S SHADOW

Peter Hick­man led the charge be­hind Michael Dun­lop and scored a fifth podium

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Peter Hick­man ended a dream two weeks of the TT which cul­mi­nated in his fifth podium fin­ish from five starts as he chased Michael Dun­lop home for sec­ond in the Se­nior race on his Smith’s BMW.

“I came with no podi­ums and now it is five races and five podi­ums which is ab­so­lutely mega – I can’t ask for any more,” the BSB star said.

“We were lead­ing in the first part and I hope Hutchy is all right,” Hick­man said af­ter the red flags came out when the Tyco BMW rider crashed.

Be­fore Hutchy’s off the pair had been locked in a dog­fight with only tenths of a sec­ond sep­a­rat­ing them. Hick­man even led at Glen He­len, prov­ing he has got to grips with the slow starts that had dogged his ear­lier races.

“I pushed re­ally hard at the start on the first one and ob­vi­ously, that makes your race a lot, lot eas­ier,” he said.

When the red flags came out Hick­man ben­e­fited from the restart.“we had an is­sue with the clutch even though we were lead­ing so it was a lit­tle bit for­tu­nate for us that we could stop and the team put a new clutch in,” he ex­plained.

But there was to be no re­peat of his ear­lier chal­lenge as Hick­man strug­gled to match Dun­lop’s pace even though the 30-year-old was push­ing harder than he wanted to in the restarted four-lap­per.

“We had to do it all again on the restart and I pushed as hard as I could,” Hick­man said. “I had a few lit­tle mo­ments up to and through Glen He­len, more than I would like to ad­mit to be hon­est, but I needed to be fast on the first lap in that first sec­tor and I gave it all I had but Michael still had more.

Track con­di­tions af­ter the pre­vi­ous day’s heavy rain ham­pered his progress.

“We seemed to have a bit of spin to­day and there wasn’t as much grip as we had be­fore,” Hick­man said.

Hicky was never more than a hand­ful of sec­onds adrift for the first lap and half but even a much faster pit stop wasn’t enough to pre­vent the gap widen­ing to 14 sec­onds over the fi­nal two laps.

“Our pit stop was a lot faster to­day and to be fair it was more from my­self com­ing into the pits faster,” he said.

“It would have been nice to have won one but Michael was rid­ing re­ally well,” he ad­mit­ted. “i lit­er­ally gave it ev­ery­thing I had and I couldn’t catch him. I was even push­ing on the fi­nal lap but I saw he was still stretch­ing a gap so I just sat back and took sec­ond.”

2 nd Peter Hick­man times in a week Hick­man tasted the Cham­pers five

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