Silverstone BSB: Hickman makes his showdown debut

Hickman has only crashed once this season and that was on Sunday in race three
Hickman has only crashed once this season and that was on Sunday in race three Picture: Bonnie Lane

Smiths Racing’s Peter Hickman has made it into the MCE British Superbike showdown for the first time, after a season of strong performances on-board the S1000RR.

The road racing star has been so consistent that he only experienced his first crash on Sunday, and that was in the final BSB race at Silverstone in wet and tricky conditions.

Hickman has really gelled with this team and BMW machine and has also managed to score points at every round. Even though Hicky, as he is more commonly known, took a tumble in the last outing he had already done enough to clinch his top six position.

Over the past few years the rather tall Louth lad has been so close to making it into the showdown but kept missing out. Now he goes into the Oulton Park round as fifth in the overall standings and is only a small 23 points adrift of current series leader, Shane Byrne.

“That is my first crash all year, the circuit was so slippery today and I am really happy for myself and I have missed out on the showdown for a few times,” said Hickman at the track.

“It is a big relief to finally make it now and to show what a good job we have done. My worst result has been ninth, apart from this DNF and it has been a good year for the Smiths Racing team, and it is fantastic for them and a big thank you to them.”

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