On fire Peter Hickman won’t change even the smallest setup detail ahead of the 2017 Ulster Grand Prix tomorrow as he lines up on pole for the Superbike, Superstock and Supersport races at Dundrod.
The Smiths BMW rider is brimming with confidence after setting a new outright lap record in the Dundrod 150 Superbike race yesterday and says he will only fill up the bikes with fuel before heading to the start line.
“Everything has been going good. The Smiths BMW has been working really well, and it’s been mega all week. I can’t complain I’m feeling confident going into Saturday but qualifying and practice are one thing and then racing is another, so you never really know what’s going to happen. Nobody is that far behind, it’s not like we’re miles in front,” said Hickman.
“The pole on Stock and Superbike are by like 0.1 of a second so we’re not running away with everything, as much as it might seem that way sometimes. It’s all close, the boys will keep me honest and I’m looking forward to a bit of a battle. We want some real good racing for everyone to enjoy and fingers crossed we still come out on top.”
When asked if there were any mechanical changes planned ahead of Saturday, the 30 year-old said there wasn’t much the team needed to do: “Not even a click. We’ll kick the tyres a bit and put some fuel in and we’re good to go.
“Track conditions were really good on both Wednesday and Thursday so we got some good practice in. Everything just worked out and then in the race I was really happy. I knew I needed to try and get away but it’s difficult to do that at Dundrod.
“The slipstream means even if you are half a second or a second faster than someone they can make it all back on the straights. I got a good start and didn’t really see anyone all race.
“I just wanted to put my head down for the first couple of laps and then we managed to break the lap record, but by that point I think we had a three second gap so I just backed off a little and managed the race from there. Laps three and four were fast so I thought if anyone comes with me then fair play, we’ll have a race on our hands.”