Assen BSB: Setup progress ‘came too late’ for Hickman

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Smiths BMW rider Peter Hickman bagged some decent points over the Assen Bennetts British Superbike weekend but feels the new parts fitted over a difficult weekend didn’t help in the short term.

Hickman came away with two eighth places at a circuit where he thought the S1000RR package would be much stronger and feels that setup progress came too late in the weekend.

“Two eighth place finishes isn’t ideal and not what we wanted or what we were expecting but it’s been a bit of a strange weekend to be fair,” said Hickman.

“We thought we’d be strong this weekend but with some new parts and new things to try, it’s proven to be more difficult than we expected.

The new parts we had will benefit us in the long term but, perhaps, compromised us this weekend, but we did move forward as the weekend progressed so that was positive.

“I think I was something like the third fastest rider on track in race two but the progress came a little bit too late in the weekend and when the grip levels dropped, I was losing a couple of tenths each lap which was just enough for me to drop back slightly.

“It is what it is and we’ve learnt a lot so will look to make a greater impression at Donington in two weeks’ time.”