Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport - DAVE HICK­MAN FOR­MER MANX GP WIN­NER

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! ’

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