WorldSBK Donington: Hickman ‘realistic but excited’ for ‘epic’ wildcard

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Peter Hickman returns to the WorldSBK paddock this weekend as FHO Racing joins the BMW fleet at Donington Park.

Round five of the FIM Superbike World Championship will see five M1000RR’s take to the grid for the three races on UK soil, with Hickman eager to fire up in anger against the likes of former BSB Champion Scott Redding.

“I am really excited about the opportunity to take the FHO Racing BMW Team to the World Superbike stage,” Hickman confirmed. “It is going to be the first time that FHO as a team will do an international event like this and I think that is really exciting. The team has only been going for a year and a half so to already be entering their first ever world championship race is pretty epic, really.

“I’ve raced in WorldSBK twice but both times it has been a last minute deal and I had ridden bikes that I did not know and I had never sat on before until the Friday morning,” the 35-year-old continued on his previous outings - which saw him score two top ten finishes with a best result of seventh. “This time, I am going to ride my BSB bike, albeit with more electronics that are allowed in WorldSBK, but it is going to be the same bike that I have ridden quite a lot so I am looking forward to that.

“It will be a new experience for me, actually. Expectations wise, I think we are all very realistic. We are going for the experience to see what happens.

“I think it’s great for us as a team. Quite a few of us have done world championship races through one way or another, individually or with other teams, but we have never done it as a team together so I am looking forward to getting the whole group of us all in the same place having a go in World Superbikes. It is going to be really good weekend and I can’t wait to get started.”

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