HICKMAN: ‘IT’S TIME TO TAKE ME SERIOUSLY"
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Peter Hickman blasted himself into MCE British Superbike title contention with a victory and second place at Thruxton this weekend as he capitalised on his his rivals’ mishaps to move into third in the standings.
The Smiths BMW rider has finished every race this year inside the top 10 and began to make real ground as he fought for the victory last time out at Brands Hatch. However, despite his consistency, he had been unable to finish on the podium until a stunning performance this weekend.
Notching up his fourth BSB win, the Lincolnshire ace says it’s time people started taking him seriously as he moves to secure his first ever appearance in the title fighters’ Showdown.
“I’m now third in the championship and actually in with a real shout at the title,” he told MCN after the race. “Hopefully that will stop people calling me an underdog and not really considering me as a contender. It annoys me that people write me off and call me an ‘also-ran’ as I genuinely think I can be on the podium week in and week out.”
This season is proving to be a key year for Hickman, who enjoyed a stellar week at this year’s Isle of Man TT as he clinched five podiums from five starts, and he’s hoping he can continue what looks set to be his best ever season in BSB.
“The aim right now is to cement my position in the Showdown and after that who knows? I’m particularly strong at the next few circuits but this year I feel I’ve been strong everywhere. I’ve got some good experience behind me now, I’ve ridden some good bikes these last few years and it’s just helping me so much.”
While Hickman’s victory came after
Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha’s Josh Brookes crashed out, the 30-year-old believes he could have at least tried to take advantage of the Aussie’s mistakes had Brookes completed the race.
“It looked as though he had a bit more grip initially but then he started making little mistakes,” Hickman explained. “He ran wide in a couple of places and I was about half-a-second back so I thought I’d push on to keep the pressure on him to see what happened and one little mistake saw him crash.”
Hickman’s form couldn’t have come at a better time with the series now heading to his home circuit at Cadwell Park, a track that has suited the Lincolnshire man in the past.
He said: “We move on to Cadwell now which I absolutely love. I’ve always gone very well there and we had a really strong test two weeks ago where I went quicker than I’ve ever been there before.”
‘It annoys me when people call me an ‘also-ran’ and write me off’ PETER HICKMAN