Lack of power due to a lack of fuel in final sector halts Hickman’s charge for Superbike glory
Peter Hickman has been knocking on the door of TT success ever since he became the quickest newcomer in history as he made his mountain course debut in 2014, and a sublime ride in Sunday’s opening Superbike race showed the 29-year-old is ready to become one of the TT’S elite.
Despite a poor start, Hickman put together a consistently strong race to chip away at the leaders before finding himself in second place in the final stages. But that wasn’t enough for the Smiths BMW rider, who upped the ante to clock the second fastest lap of the race on the final lap (only slower than Michael Dunlop who retired from the race on lap two) to cut Ian Hutchinson’s lead from nine seconds to 1.6s at Ramsey Hairpin.
While Hutchy managed to respond to Hickman over the Mountain to cross the line with a five-second advantage, Hickman believes it could have been much closer had he not started to run out of fuel at the Creg ny Baa.
Hickman lost just a second to Hutchinson between Ramsey and the Bungalow with Hutchy gaining all of his time in between the Bungalow and the finishing line.
“Hutchy did up the pace over the Mountain for sure, but it’s interesting to see I lost most of the time in the final sectors,” Hickman told MCN after the race. “The bike started to run out of fuel at the Creg. I obviously made it to the line but it was getting slower and slower on the run down from there to the Grandstand so that can’t have helped!
“Honestly, this is still only year four for me so I’m over the moon with a podium. I didn’t come here with winning on my mind, my goal was a podium finish and that’s what we achieved, but of course I am a little bit gutted to have come so close to the win.
“To be honest, after we had the pace to be on the podium last year but missed out only through mechanical issues, it was sort of something I had to do this time around to show where we’re at. It’s still only early days in my TT career and the people I’m riding against have much more experience than me, but I feel I’m where I should be now and I guess we’ll take it from there!”
‘My goal was a podium but I am a little bit gutted after coming so close to the win’ ‘I started to run out of fuel. I made it to the line but was going slower and slower’
Hickman is rapidly joining the TT elite