Hicky’s dad: ‘I didn’t want him to race here!’
“I kept him off the roads as long as I possibly could, but he’d got it into his head he needed a new challenge. One night he took me and his mother out for dinner – which was a first so we knew something was up! ‘I’m going to the Isle of Man’ he said. ‘When?’ I asked. ‘Tomorrow’ he said!
“We ended up with no choice in the matter and here he is proving a point. What he has achieved is beyond what any of us expected. We knew he was close to the podium, but five in a row on every machine he has ridden is exceptional. I’m so proud.
“He’s still so relaxed about it all too, which I like to see. He’s not worrying too much, just enjoying himself and riding the bike. I keep telling him smoothness brings speed here. On the roads you have to use your head and not your hands and Pete is doing just that.
“It’s nice to see him put a base down to become a TT winner, he’s put the work in but you never know with racing. One day you’re up the next day you’re down so we’ll keep our fingers crossed. Both his mother and I are scared every time he goes out and immensely proud each time he returns!”
‘I’m going to the Isle of Man’ he said. ‘When?’ I asked. ‘Tomorrow’ he replied! ’