IN DUNLOP’S SHADOW
Peter Hickman led the charge behind Michael Dunlop and scored a fifth podium
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.”
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