Smiths BMW’s Peter Hickman nabbed the final Bennetts British Superbike Showdown spot in race two at Oulton Park today and says he will leave nothing on the table in an effort to reel in leader Josh Brookes.
It could be a tall order for the, er, tall Lincolnshire rider as Brookes is 47 points ahead after the podium credits were totalled but three solid performances like the Isle of Man TT lap record holder put in today will stand him in good stead.
Hickman crashed on oil dropped by Andrew Irwin yesterday, which made the first race today difficult but he pushed on to secure the necessary points.
“Practice and qualifying had gone really well and I was confident of a top six finish in the first race so for it to end with a crash through no fault of my own was very disappointing and I was lucky not to pick up injuries,” said Hickman.
It made race two difficult with having to start a long way back on the grid, but we did what we needed in race three and it’s great to be in the Showdown again.
“I’ll be giving it my all at the final three rounds and will ensure I leave nothing on the table.”
Team co-ordinator Darren Jones added: “The DNF in race one made it hard work for everyone, not least the team in rebuilding what was a fairly damaged bike, but Pete did a great job in today’s first race and then rode to his pit signals in race two.
“He did exactly what he needed to do so full credit to him and the whole team for all their hard work during the year with the new Smiths BMW S1000RR.”