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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

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