Bennetts British Superbike Showdown contender Peter Hickman has revealed he has been seriously hampered by the stock gearbox in his BMW S1000RR.
BSB rules state that a gearbox has to be nominated at the start of the year and the Smiths team only had the standard one. Changing means big penalties so Hickman has been putting up with it but said it really showed at Assen.
“I think Donington is going to be an interesting one. We have an inherent problem at the moment that we can’t get rid of, and we can’t change that until the winter, and that is the gearbox,” said Hickman.
“We have to run a standard gearbox because that’s all we had at the start of the year, and you have to nominate the gearbox, and if you change it you have to start at the back of the grid.
“That was something in my opinion which was hindering us a lot at Assen, because I was in-between gears everywhere and it didn’t matter what we did with the gearing I could be right in certain corners but not for others.
“I am hoping that Donington is not like that. It didn’t seem bad at the start of the year, but I didn’t have a mega Donington to be honest either, so it is something I am unsure about what will happen there.
“But what I do know is that the team is going to work really hard, I will work really hard, and we will make the best of what we have and do the best job we can as a team.”