Hickman and Jackson line up for Smiths BMW in 2017

Hickman with Smiths boss Rebecca Smith
Hickman with Smiths boss Rebecca Smith

Peter Hickman and Lee Jackson will line up for the Smiths BMW MCE British Superbike team in 2017 after the pair signed contracts to remain in the blue riband class this year.

Hickman will also campaign the S1000RR in the three big international road races - North West 200, Isle of Man TT and Ulster GP - for the squad.

The Louth rider spent a year riding Kawasakis in 2016 but goes back to the German marque while Jackson will have some continuity, remaining on the same bike he rode last year but with a different team.

“I have another new challenge to look forward to again this season and I’m relishing it aboard the Smiths Racing BMW. All the dealings I’ve had with the team so far have been fantastic and they are very easy to work with,” said Hickman.

“I know the BMW well having ridden it in the past and we’ve been promised the right support from the factory in Germany which will make a difference. I’m pleased to be bringing my own crew into the team which is a massive bonus so I’m really looking forward to the season in both BSB and on the roads with Smiths Racing.”

Jackson added: “This will be the first time I’ve joined a new team in five years so it’s a totally different challenge and one I’m very much looking forward to. It was time to stand on my own two feet and Rebecca has given me the platform to do that on the BMW which I’m familiar with. I know the package and with the support we will have in place, I couldn’t be more excited. I’m really looking forward to getting started and the first race at Donington Park can’t come soon enough.”

Jackson and the S1000RR on which he will spend another year
Jackson and the S1000RR on which he will spend another year
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