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Lack of power due to a lack of fuel in fi­nal sec­tor halts Hick­man’s charge for Su­per­bike glory

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport - By Oli Rushby SPORTS RE­PORTER

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

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